Whether you have too much leftover tuna salad or you want a new tuna dish, Leftover Tuna Salad Patties are sure to please! Within 30 minutes you can have a healthy tasty dish. It’s perfect straight out of the oven or cold the next day. Yum!
Whether it’s a big party or a small get together, there is always too much food. Which means one thing, leftovers. Lots and lots of leftovers.
Recently we had way too much leftover tuna salad. After two days in the fridge, we knew that the tuna salad would not last much longer. (It’s only good for three days in the fridge.) We had to decide what to do with the leftover tuna salad. There were only three options:
- Freeze the leftover tuna salad in sandwich-sized portions
- Make a new dish out of the leftovers
- Throw the tuna salad away
Since I love trying new things and I hate unnecessary waste, I decided to make something new – Leftover Tuna Salad Patties. If you don’t have leftover tuna salad, that’s not a problem. Simply combine two cans of tuna with low fat mayonnaise and Greek yogurt and you’re ready to go.
How to Make Leftover Tuna Salad Patties
Leftover Tuna Salad Patties taste like a perfectly flavoured tuna sandwich, in a patty form. The combination of garlic, celery salt, and sautéed onions boost the tuna salad’s savouriness. Sautéing the onions mellows the intense bite of the onion, giving them a lightly sweetened flavour. The Italian bread crumbs finish off the flavour, giving the patty a lightly cheesy essence.
Whether you have leftover tuna or not, these patties are so easy to make. The first step is sautéing the onions. It’s so worth the extra few minutes of cooking. It takes the flavour of the patties from yum to seriously yummy.
Next, you add the rest of the patty ingredients and mix to combine. To give the patties a uniform shape, I use a 1/4 cup collapsible measuring cup (the Chef’n Sleek Collapsible Measuring Cups). Simply spoon the tuna salad mixture into the measuring cup, press firmly, and gently pop out the patty. Place the formed patty on a parchment paper covered baking sheet and you have perfectly shaped Leftover Tuna Salad Patties.
Now all that’s left is baking. Your oven will bake them up to patty perfection!
Perfect for Batch Cooking
Leftover Tuna Salad Patties are easily freezable. If you make too many, which we often do, you can save the rest for later. There’s no need to eat them right away.
Simply place the patties in a freezer bag and they’re good for three months. It’s always great to have a few meals in the freezer. You never know when you’re going to need a quick, healthy homemade meal.
Leftover Tuna Salad Patties
Don’t let your leftover tuna salad go to waste. Leftover Tuna Salad Patties taste like a perfectly flavoured tuna sandwich. With sautéed onions, garlic, celery salt, and Italian bread crumbs, it’s hard not to love this flavour boosted patty.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 4 to 5 1x
- 1 1/5 cups leftover tuna
- – 2 (6 ounce) cans of tuna, drained and flaked
- – 1 tablespoon low fat mayonnaise
- – 2 tablespoons fat free plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons egg whites
- 1/4 cup onion, diced
- 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
- Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C).
- Coat a non-stick pan with cooking spray, sauté onion for 5 to 8 minutes, or until brown. Remove when done.
- Combine leftover tuna (or canned tuna with mayonnaise and yogurt), egg whites, onion, bread crumbs, garlic powder, and celery salt.
- Form patties, place on parchment paper covered baking sheet.
- Bake 10 minutes on each side.
If you love tuna patties, you may also enjoy Roasted Red Pepper Salmon Patties
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