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Easy tuna patties

easy tuna patties

I prepared these easy tuna patties just because I had some ricotta in the fridge that needed to be used. My children were home and they love tuna and so I didn’t worry as they would be eaten the same.

What I didn’t imagine was that they would come so good, with a taste that reminds me Brazil (I don’t really recall why) and the sensation that I just had to prepare more of them ;-).

They are very easy to prepare. I chose to cook them in the oven, as I avoid frying when possible. I only added little extra virgin olive oil with an oil sprayer, so that the crust came really good.

Some patties come a little bit dry when cooked in the oven, but these come humid, perfect under my point of view ;-).

My children love tuna. Even if they eat fresh tuna, they love canned tuna. They use to eat it since they were in school (even if I do not buy many canned food). When they began university, studying in other cities, they began to cook by themselves. So the easiness of opening a tuna can and adding a mozzarella for a quick snack have increased their fondness for this canned fish ;-).

I do eat canned tuna, but it is not something I look for or desire. I prefer it in a salad or pasta. But I firmly believe that from now, my favorite recipe will be these easy tuna patties. I have prepared them for lunch with different salads (after the holidays I am looking for fresh and light food  ), and we really enjoyed them together.




  • 160gr of canned tuna
  • 200gr of ricotta
  • 2 Tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp of bread crumbs
  • chives (even dried)
  • salt
  • bread crumbs
  • extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F.
  2. Eliminate the oil from the tuna.
  3. Mince it and mix with ricotta, grated Parmesan, bread crumbs, chives, and salt (to taste) until well combined.
  4. Form tuna balls and pass each one on bread crumbs and place them on an oven tray covered with parchment paper.
  5. Spray them with extra virgin olive oil and bake until colored.
  6. Buon appetito!

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