Tuna Patties

Posted on Sun 13 August 2017 in Food

What do you do when it's dinner time, and you haven't got any ingredients ready for the meal?

What if (perhaps as a result of being an ultralight hiker), you also have a huge surplus 500g sachet of tuna?

Tonight these particular stars aligned, and I ended up making these amazing Tuna Patties: http://allrecipes.com.au/recipe/15705/tuna-patties.aspx

I did tweak the recipe considerably, though:


  • 2-3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed for mashing
  • Optionally, swap one of the potatoes for a kumara or some pumpkin
  • 500g tuna flakes
  • 2 carrots, grated and excess juice dabbed out with a paper towel
  • A goodly handful of frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 onion, cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/8th tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp veggie stock powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp mustard


  • Boil the potatoes in salted water until cooked.
  • In another pan, fry the onions for 2 minutes, then add garlic.
  • Fry until the onions start to brown, then add herbs, spices, and stock powder.
  • Continue to fry for another minute, then remove from heat and let cool.
  • When the potatoes are cooked, tip out all the water, and allow remaning water to evaporate.
  • Mash the potatoes - they'll seem unpleasantly dry, but that's OK.
  • Mix the carrots, mashed potatoes, fried onion and garlic, all together in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, mix together the tuna, the eggs, and the mustard.
  • Now combine everything together, and give it a good mix.
  • Form the mixture into patties and fry in a lightly oiled pan.

In retrospect, this recipe seems really difficult, but it was actually quite straightforward, and it was totally delicious. Definitely good with a bit of mayo on the patties. Yummo!