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Pesto Tuna Cakes are a simple and inexpensive dish to prepare using leftover mashed potatoes with flavorful pesto for an easy weeknight meal.
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Pesto Tuna Cakes

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Jade Jones


  • 1 can tuna - drained and flaked
  • 1 1/2 cups Pesto Mashed Potatoes - or 1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes plus 1/4 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • canola oil - for frying


  • Combine flour, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl.
  • Combine tuna and mashed potatoes and form mixture into 16 patties. Lightly press the tuna cakes into the flour mixture on each side, shaking off excess.
  • Heat about a 1/4 inch of canola oil in a skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot add tuna cakes in batches frying until golden brown on each side.
  • Serve warm.
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