Tuna Patties for 2

Often it's just my husband and me for lunch - here’s a quick way to turn a small can of tuna into a meal for 2. Choose whatever kind of canned tuna you like, in oil or water (the tuna canned in oil has more of the fat-soluble vitamins), but don’t choose expensive solid-pack, it’s harder to get it to stick together for patties. I put the saltines in a plastic sandwich bag and crush them. Don’t overcook these, they’ll get too dry. I occasionally add a little snipped up fresh parsley if I have it, or a few leaves of fresh spinach, shredded finely for color and vitamins.
Serve with any sides you like, buttered potatoes or noodles, a cooked vegetable and/or salad, whatever is as quick as these delicious patties.  These are my husband's favorite way to enjoy tuna, especially with Noodles with Cracker Crumbs or a baked potato as one of the sides.
Tuna Patties
6 ounces canned tuna
1 large egg -- beaten
2 tablespoons celery – finely chopped
2 tablespoons onion – finely chopped
Sprinkle of dried dill flakes (optional)
7 cracker saltine cracker -- crumbled
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Drain tuna, save 1 tablespoon liquid. Combine liquid with remaining ingredients, add tuna. Let rest 5 minutes. Shape into 4 patties. Cook over medium heat 4 minutes on each side.
2010 cost: $1.10 or 55¢ per serving
Per Serving: 187 Calories; 4g Fat (22.2% calories from fat); 26g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 132mg Cholesterol; 527mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.


  1. My grandmother was from Iowa. She used to make tun croquettes that were not flat, but pyramid-type, round, and baked in bell pepper boats. Used saltine crackers, and sometimes bread crumbs, dill, etc.

    1. I've seen those tuna croquettes made that way years ago in home economics class! A little dill is good in these patties too.


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