St. Paddy's day may have already passed, but for this month's Recipe Redux challenge, we decided it's never too late to celebrate! That's why the March challenge was to create a patty. The husband and I are obsessed with these tuna patties that my Grandma makes. In fact, they really taste more like a rich crab cake than a typical tuna burger. And with no 'junk' inside and minimal fat (woot woot, thanks cast iron skillet...pre-seasoned and loved by the very same Grandma!), you do really have a reason to celebrate.

Healthy Tuna Patties with Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

Tuna Patties and Healthy Coleslaw 

Makes 6 small patties

/// Ingredients ///

Tuna Cakes

  • 2, 6-ounce cans tuna, drained (Wild Planet Foods is my favorite)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (panko, italian, real bread)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp water 
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped white onion 
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A couple squirts of sriracha (or favorite hot sauce)
  • 1 raw egg
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter (key to the browning)


  • 1 carrot, julienne peeled
  • 1/4 small cabbage, slivered
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • dash salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup 0% greek yogurt


Drain the liquid from the tuna cans. In a medium bowl, mix together everything except the butter and oil. Divide the mixture into 6 parts. With each part, form into a ball and then flatten into a patty. Place onto a wax paper lined tray and chill for an hour. This keeps them together when cooking. Heat the olive oil and a little butter (for taste & browning) in a cast iron or stick-free skillet on medium high. Gently place the patties in the pan, and cook until nicely browned, 3-4 minutes on each side.

To make the coleslaw, julienne peel a carrot (I use this peeler. $10. OBSESSED.) and shred the cabbage. Mix other ingredients in a bowl and toss vegetables in the dressing. Chill. 

Healthy Tuna Patties with Greek Yogurt Coleslaw
Healthy Tuna Patties with Greek Yogurt Coleslaw
Healthy Tuna Patties with Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

Tuna just got real classy. What's your favorite way to eat it?

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