• Makes 14
  • 60 minutes
  • Difficulty Medium
  • 6 Ingredients


The basil pesto gives the traditional tuna pattie a twist.

Ingredients (makes 14 Patties)

  • 600g Potatoes, peeled
  • 6-8 Green shallots thinly sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Basil pesto
  • 3 x 59g Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups Packaged breadcrumbs
  • 425g can Tuna in springwater


  1. Chop potatoes and place in a medium saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Boil covered until tender, then drain. Return potatoes to pan and mash well over a low heat. Remove from heat.
  2. Saute shallots in a heated greased frypan until slightly softened. Drain and flake tuna. Place tuna into a large bowl, stir in mashed potato, shallots, pesto and 1 lightly beaten egg. Season the mixture with salt and pepper if desired.
  3. Lightly beat remaining 2 eggs in a shallow dish. Toss 1/4 cup quantities of tuna mixture in breadcrumbs and shape into patties. Dip the patties in beaten eggs and toss again in breadcrumbs to coat evenly, shaping rounds into neat patties with your hands.
  4. Shallow-fry patties in hot oil in a large frypan until golden on both side, then drain on kitchen paper.
  5. Serve tuna patties with salad and accompany with lemon wedges, if desired.


Tuna patties can be prepared several hours ahead. Place on a foil-lined tray in a single layer and keep refrigerated. Cook as required.

  • I adore basil pesto so know I will like these patties. Thanks.


  • I made these last Friday night and they are a real winner.


  • I haven’t made these in years – thanks for reminding me.


  • Very tasty indeed!


  • Fantastic! Thank you very much for sharing! Looking forward to trying it! :D


  • Tuna can be a bit dry so I don’t drain it, and I noticed there is no mention of doing so. You could be really sneaky and add some finely grated carrot too.
    I found I have to be careful not to overcook them or the crumbs tend to burn.


  • Love the idea of pesto! Easy meal we can all enjoy. And make ahead of time for those nights when time just disappears. Thanks for sharing!


  • lovely -I would take out the pesto, as my son is allergic to nuts, and add garlic, and fresh herbs from my garden


  • Takes me back to my childhood, my lot will not eat tuna. So trying to get the younger ones to and can make these myself.


  • golden time


  • love tuna! this recipe looks good thanks for sharing


  • Yum cant wait to make these for the kids!


  • great way to get the little tackers eating tuna!


  • Pesto – damn! What a brilliant ingredient to add to a pattie… Thanks, Thanks, Thanks for the inspiration….


  • Thank you, I’ve been looking for a fish cakes recipe, and this will do nicely.


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