Tuna Cakes with Garlic Lemon Aioli

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These Tuna Cakes with Garlic Lemon Aioli are one of my top easy recipes.  If one of your goals for the New Year is to eat better, these tuna cakes are perfect!

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Growing up, we didn’t eat a lot of tuna.  My father did not like it…at all.  Especially warm tuna.  That was a big no no!

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So my mother rarely made it for us.  Every once in a while she would make tuna salad sandwiches.  But those days were few and far between.

However, my husband had tuna a lot as a little kid.  One of his favorite childhood dishes were tuna cakes.  My mother in law usually made them on Fridays.

Tuna Cakes Garlic Lemon Aioli - It Is a Keeper

He’s been asking me to make them so I thought I would take the basic recipe and try to impart more flavor into it.

The result were these light, crispy cakes that are full of flavor without a lot of fat or calories.

One of the keys to this recipe is to use good quality tuna.  I love Bumble Bee® Tuna packed in water.

Tuna Cakes Garlic Lemon Aioli - It Is a Keeper

I think it has the perfect flavor and consistency for this recipe.

Available in can or pouch, each Bumble Bee® product is an easy and delicious way to add a variety of nutrients to your diet, including lean protein, healthy fat, and important vitamins and minerals.

The other secret is to swap out fat and calorie heavy ingredients, like mayo, with healthier options, like Greek yogurt.  And, to add in lots of flavor like bell pepper, garlic, shallots and fresh parsley.  Then the cakes are coated in Panko bread crumbs, which give them a gorgeous crust.

With all of these flavors and textures, you won’t even miss the fat and calories.

I also whipped up a simple aioli with lemon, garlic and more greek yogurt.  It makes a decadent dipping sauce for the tuna cakes.

Tuna Cakes with Garlic Lemon Aioli

Tuna Cakes Garlic Lemon Aioli - It Is a Keeper
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Tuna Cakes with Lemon Aioli

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
These Tuna Cakes with Garlic Lemon Aioli are one of my top easy recipes.  If one of your goals for the New Year is to eat better, these tuna cakes are perfect!
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Tuna Cakes

  • 12 oz can Bumble Bee tuna packed in water, drained
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup shallot, minced
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Garlic Lemon Aioli

  • ½ cup plain Green yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a small bowl whisk together all of the ingredients for the aioli.
  • Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to serve.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the tuna, egg, yogurt, shallot, pepper, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.
  • Mix together with a fork until combined. Be careful not to over mix and break up the tuna too much.
  • Form the tuna mixture into 4 cakes.
  • Place the the Panko on a plate and press each cake into the bread crumbs, coating both sides.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Place the tuna cakes in the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  • Remove from pan and serve immediately with Garlic Lemon Aioli.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 523IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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5 thoughts on “Tuna Cakes with Garlic Lemon Aioli”

  1. I love albacore tuna but, have never made tuna cakes. I popped over to pin this to try. Thanks for the recipe. Drop by to share your recipes at my weekly parties if you would like to sometime. Love to have you.

  2. 5 stars
    I think I’m going to make this (or an adaption) next week. My husband has mentioned tuna cakes a lot recently. Pinning!


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