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Tuna Meatballs Recipe

Tuna meatballs are a simple, low-price, and full-of-flavour meal you can prepare in less than half an hour. It is a versatile recipe, so you can add many different ingredients to enhance the flavours, especially if you have some open cans of cappers, olives or anchovies you need to use. You can also prepare them in advance in larger quantities and freeze them for up to 3 months.

  • Total Time: 18 Minutes


  • 200 g tuna in oil, drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 300 g potatoes, boiled and peeled
  • 20 g parmesan cheese, grated
  • 50 g breadcrumbs + 50 g for coating
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Oil, for frying


  1. Boil the potatoes and let them cool. Sprinkle them with a pinch of salt and pepper, and mash them with a fork.
  2. Add drained tuna, eggs, grated parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Mix well until all the ingredients are combined.
  3. Add 50 g of breadcrumbs and mix well again. 
  4. Place the remaining breadcrumbs for coating in a small bowl.
  5. Shape the meatball with oily hands and coat them with breadcrumbs.
  6. Heat the oil in a large skillet.
  7. Fry the meatballs, turning them often, until lightly golden brown.
  8. Place them on the kitchen paper to remove the excess oil.
  9. Serve and enjoy!


  • You can also replace parley with basil leaves. 
  • For more flavour, add some lemon zest.
  • Prepare some creamy sauce for serving, like sour cream with chives and cucumber. 
  • For a healthier version, you can bake them in the oven for 25 minutes at 180°C. In that case, it is better to press each meatball and make them disk-like.
  • Author: foodsavingexpert
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 6-8 Minutes
  • Category: Tuna
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: Fish


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 287
  • Sugar: 2.6g
  • Sodium: 289mg
  • Fat: 8.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.2g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg

Keywords: tuna, seafood, healthy

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