Tuna Cakes with Mock Tartar Sauce

Hope Wasylenki


Made these for New Year's - they were great! Not fishy-tasting, either. I'm not a tuna fan as I've said before, but had bought some, trying to add fish into the diet. Even the DH liked them.


★★★★★ 1 vote

12-24 pieces
30 Min
15 Min



  • 3 can(s)
    gourmet albacore white tuna, drained and flaked
  • 2/3 c
    onion, finely diced
  • 2/3 c
    bell pepper, finely diced (try to mix up red and green for color)
  • 2/3 c
    celery, finely diced
  • 2/3 c
    buttermilk biscuit mix (from a yellow or blue box)
  • 2
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp
    granulated garlic
  • 2 1/2 c
    panko bread crumbs (didn't really measure the total)

  • 1 c
    mayonnaise (olive oil or regular)
  • 1/3 c
    hot dog relish (mixture of mustard and relish)

How to Make Tuna Cakes with Mock Tartar Sauce


    Drain and flake tuna, then add to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Add vegetables, seasonings, biscuit mix, soy sauce and 1/2 cup panko crumbs. Mix until all is incorportated. Let mixture sit in the bowl for 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F (375°F for convection).
  4. Place remaining panko into a semi-shallow bowl. Lightly grease or spray a sheet pan. Drop tuna mixture into panko one at a time. Coat with crumbs, lightly toss ball from hand to hand to drop off any excess panko and gently place onto sheet pan, flattening to desired size & thickness. Repeat until mixture is used up.

    Note: I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to make the patties and it yielded 12-13. If you halve that, you would get 24/26 appetizer portions.
  5. Total baking time is 15-16 minutes for the larger cakes. I cooked them for 6 minutes then flipped them over and baked an additional 8 minutes. Since I wanted them a bit browner, I flipped to broil and broiled about 3-4 minutes before removing them from the oven.

    I'm not sure how long to bake the appetizer-sized ones, perhaps 10-12 minutes.
    Stir mayonnaise and hot dog relish together.
  7. Serve cakes with sauce over top or on the side. (For dinner, 2-3 cakes to a serving)

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About Tuna Cakes with Mock Tartar Sauce

Course/Dish: Fish Seafood Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: American

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