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Heather’s Tuna Cakes

Have you ever gotten to the end of your week and realized you were short on meat? Or you simply forgot to defrost the ground beef you meant to use for tonight’s dinner. No worries, we all have a few cans of tuna in our cabinets, right? Turn plain, ordinary canned tuna into a delicious entree for your family in just minutes!

This recipe uses ingredients you typically always have on hand in your refrigerator and pantry, even if it has been way too long since you set foot in the grocery store. Although it is definitely a frugal meal, it doesn’t feel like one.

Who doesn’t like a cheap meal that doesn’t taste cheap?

Tasty Tuna Cakes

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 10 minutes


  • 3 cans of tuna
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup of bread crumbs (I like Italian style)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray
  • parsley for garnish (optional)


  • Open up all of your cans of tuna, drain the liquid out, and place the tuna in a bowl. Break up the big chunks so the tuna is all roughly the same size.
  • Add your eggs, mayo, bread crumbs, lemon juice and a bit of salt and pepper (you can add more salt and pepper after it’s cooked so don’t put too much now)
  • Heat up a pan on the stove or an electric griddle (I always do mine on the griddle so I can cook them all at once!), spray with cooking spray
  • Form into 8 patties and cook about 2-3 minutes per side. Sprinkle with some parsley to garnish (I prefer dry, but you can use fresh as well)

This recipe is very versatile. You can give larger portions and serve 4 people 2 patties each or use it as a side protein over a big salad and serve 8 (if you are trying to stretch things out a bit!). I’ve also shredded some zuchinni into it a few times and the kids still gobbled it up (be sure to drain all the moisture from whatever you add in!).

Tuna goes on sale all the time, so I always make sure to stock up and keep all the ingredients on hand to make this delicious, quick and easy frugal meal!

Heather is a wife and mom of 2 living in the great state of Texas! You can always find her carrying on about great deals and frugal living on her blog Family Friendly Frugality.