Easy Paleo Canned Tuna Fish Cakes

Can you make fish cakes with canned tuna?

Hell yeah!

In fact, it’s great way to spruce up plain ol’ canned tuna! By transforming it into delicious fish cakes, you’re taking a cheap ingredient and making it fancier with just a few simple additions.

This recipe for easy canned tuna fishcakes is great because it contains no flour or breadcrumbs, making it healthy, paleo and whole 30 friendly!

No reason to look down on tin tuna ever again.

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What makes this recipe the best canned tuna fish cake, in my opinion, is the addition of sweet potato. This gives just the right amount of necessary sweetness, to truly elevate the flavor of canned tuna to a new level.

How to make Paleo Canned Tuna and Sweet Potato Fish Cakes:

Easy Paleo Canned Tuna Fish Cakes
Easy Paleo Canned Tuna Fish Cakes
Easy Paleo Canned Tuna Fish Cakes
Easy Paleo Canned Tuna Fish Cakes

Grab a mixing bowl and add:

  1. Canned Tuna
  2. Cooked Sweet Potato
  3. Onion
  4. Red Pepper
  5. Some herbs and spices
  6. An egg, and
  7. Voilà!

Once everything is mixed together properly, form into cakes. Heat up some oil in a skillet and carefully sear the cakes well.

Easy Paleo Canned Tuna Fish Cakes

This is very important! Since this recipe is tuna cakes without breadcrumbs or flour, they can turn out a little soft if you make the cakes too thick or big.

If needed, the recipe can also be make without the egg, but it definitely helps with binding everything together since there’s no breadcrumbs involved.

Tuna Fish Cakes is a great recipe for easy lunches and can be made ahead of time, since it’s better to have the fishcakes chilled in the fridge before searing anyway. This also aids in making the cakes hold together even better – so it’s a double win.

Easy Paleo Canned Tuna Fish Cakes
Easy Paleo Canned Tuna Fish Cakes

What to eat with Canned Tuna Fish Cakes?

The best thing to eat with canned tuna, for me, is a simple salad. I also like to spruce it up with a bit of avocado and Sriracha for a spicy kick. 

Here’s some ideas:

  1. Cucumber Noodles /w Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
  2. Avocado Tomato Cucumber Salad

Even though the tuna cakes themselves contain sweet potato – sweet potato fries are also another great side for these yummy cakes.

I’d also recommend our Mango Remoulade as a delicious dipping sauce that goes great with these fish cakes.

Easy Paleo Canned Tuna Fish Cakes

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Easy Paleo Canned Tuna Fish Cakes Recipe and Nutritional Facts / Calories:

5 from 4 votes
Easy Paleo Can Tuna Fish Cakes
Easy Paleo Canned Tuna Fish Cakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

An easy and healthy recipe for fish cakes made with canned tuna. Paleo and Whole 30 friendly.

Keyword: canned tuna, fish cakes, paleo fish cakes, recipe, without breadcrumbs
Servings: 4
Author: Roche Woodworth
  • 3 cans Tuna
  • 2 Sweet Potato (Approximately 2 Cups Chopped)
  • 1 Red Pepper (Finely Diced)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (Finely Diced)
  • 1 Garlic Clove (Minced)
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Chives
  • 1/2 Lime (Juice)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt (I used course salt, so use less if you’re using fine table salt)
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  1. Dice the sweet potato into smallish cubes and boil for 10 minutes in salted water. They should be fork tender.

  2. While the sweet potato boils, sauté the diced red pepper and onion in a little bit of oil until the onion is soft.

  3. Now mix everything together in a mixing bowl until well combined. 

  4. Form the mixture into fish cakes. I used 1/4 cup per cake and this yielded 12 cakes.

  5. Heat up oil in skillet over a medium high heat. Once the pan is hot – carefully place the fish cakes in the pan and allow them to get a good sear on each side. Let them sit for at least 3 minutes per side.

Recipe Notes

If you chill the cakes in the fridge before searing, they will hold together better.


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