Tuna Cakes with Jalapenos and Cilantro

These tuna cakes were so easy but so big on taste.  They were just spiced enough not too much heat but a lot of flavor.  Ted and I enjoyed them for sure!  I love that it was fast to the dinner table and easy clean up too.  Great for a healthy week night dinner.

Serves 5

Ingredients

  • 25 ounces canned solid white tuna in water (five 5-ounce cans)
  • 2 large eggs , lightly beaten
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro coarsely chopped, plus a few sprigs saved for garnish
  • 1/3 cup , plus 2 tablespoons, plain dry breadcrumbs (or almond meal for a gluten free option)
  • 4 tablespoons Canola mayonnaise (Greek yogurt can be used instead)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 to 1 1/2 lemons)
  • 3 jalapeno chile peppers , finely chopped, ribs and seeds removed unless you like it a little spicy
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large strainer, in the sink over a large bowl, add the 5 cans of tuna and let them drain while you prepare the following ingredients.
  2. Sauté the onions for about 8 minutes in a sauté pan, until translucent. Set aside and let cool.
  3. While the onions are cooking, in a large mixing bowl, add the mayo, lemon juice, salt and pepper and whisk till combined. Then add cilantro and peppers to the mixture.
  4. Add the tuna, beaten eggs, cooked onions and breadcrumbs, and mix gently until ingredients just hold together.
  5. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil on high for about a minute, then turn it down to medium high.
  6. Working in batches, using a packed one-third cup measure of tuna mixture per cake, cook cakes until golden brown and crisp on the outside, about 3 minutes per side. You may need to add a tablespoon of oil to the pan between batches. Serve hot, or warm over a simple arugula or kale salad. Recipe makes 10 patties, two per serving.
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