tuna patties

If there were zombies coming to take over the world, I’d be doing one thing. I’d be buying up every tin of tuna I could get my hands on. Surely stocking a cupboard full of non perishable goods such as my beloved tuna would be a productive thing to do? I’d happily eat tuna every day for the rest of my days.

Like me, did anyone else get hooked on ‘The Walking Dead’? The television series where a deadly virus takes over the United States, turning the vast majority of it’s inhabitants in to ‘walkers’ AKA ‘the walking dead’.

After a couple of drinks, my sister’s party trick is to dish out her opinions on who’d be the last one standing and who’d be kicked off in the first episode. Who has a strong enough character to fight to the end; to attack the zombies and look out for their own. Who is resourceful enough, skilled enough, valuable enough, that people would want them by their side? It’s scary really. Kind of like a ‘Lord of the Flies’ scenario.

We all think Elles Belles would do pretty well.

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Speaking to my Grandma a while ago, we were discussing what movies we’d seen and what books we were reading. I recall telling her that Cork Daddy and I were watching ‘The Walking Dead’, in which she went out and bought the box set. “Grandma!” I said in shock after I heard she’d followed my lead. “I didn’t actually think you’d watch it”. Let me just say, not sure it was Grandma’s cup of tea. I know I’d be too much of a scaredy-cat to watch it by myself.

Zombies aside, these tuna patties are delicious and very easy to whip up, making for a perfect lunch or light dinner. I love them teamed up with some homemade aioli and whatever salad bits and bobs I have laying round. They are great for little fingers, terrific to have as leftovers in the fridge and one of these cold patties on a Sao biscuit is the best afternoon snack going round.

Now I may not be the person you’d want to be stuck with when a tribe of zombies come knocking on your door. I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to fight them off.

I do promise you one thing though.

I promise to share my stash of tinned tuna with you.


tuna patties

2 x large potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
1 x 425 gram tin of tuna in olive oil, drained
1 x 420 gram tin of corn kernels, drained
1 x small brown onion, finely diced
1/3 cup of breadcrumbs
1 x egg
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
A couple of tablespoons of plain flour
A good couple of glugs of olive oil, for shallow frying
Fresh lemon wedges, aioli and salad, to serve


A couple of tablespoons of whole egg mayonnaise
1 x small garlic clove, crushed
The juice of half a lemon
Salt and freshly cracked pepper

  • Microwave the potatoes until soft (generally takes about 10 minutes), then strain and mash with a fork.
  • Place the potato, tuna, corn, onion, egg, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl and combine.
  • Using your hands, shape the mixture in to patties and either place in the fridge to firm up for half an hour or if you’re short on time, simply dust lightly in plain flour straight away.
  • In a large non stick fry pan, heat a good dash of olive oil to a medium – high heat and add the patties. In batches, fry on both sides until golden brown. (NB: make sure the heat isn’t too high as they will burn without cooking through). 
  • Once cooked, place the patties on some absorbent paper towel to drain any excess oil, popping in the oven to keep warm while you continue to fry the rest.
  • Serve with the aioli, salad and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

To make the aioli – simply combine the mayonnaise, garlic and lemon juice in a small bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Lo’s tips

  • These tuna patties make the perfect sandwich or wrap filling and I personally love them served on toast.
  • You could also add some fresh or dried parsley, grated zucchini or carrot to the mix.


If you make these tuna patties, please leave your comments below. xx


    1. Yes you can freeze them Ames. I must admit – I never seem to have any leftover to freeze though. I used to make them for my girls when they were younger and would freeze them in zip lock bags a couple at a time.


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