Spicy Tunacakes - A High Protein Snack

After following the 21 Day Fix program for 3 weeks, I became somewhat of a pro at food prep and packing lunches. The one thing I struggled with at first was finding a convenient protein snack to eat at the office - until I discovered a recipe for spicy tunacakes on Pinterest.

This recipe gets my stamp of approval for a number of reasons:

  • They are extremely easy to make and you get enough tunacakes to have as a snack for the whole work week. Put a couple in a ziplock bag or small container and go.

  • Each of these tunacakes are packed with 14g of protein and only 100 calories (when made as I've noted below).

  • They taste great - not super fishy and they have a little spicy kick to them.

Here's the recipe (makes 8-9 patties):

Ingredients 2 (7oz) cans tuna 1 chili pepper (I used a jalapeno) 3 cloves garlic 1/4 tsp grated fresh ginger 2 green onions 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro 1 tbsp fish sauce Dash of red pepper flakes 2 eggs 2 tbsp oil for frying


  • Drain 2 cans of solid white tuna and add it to a mixing bowl.

  • Finely dice a chili pepper (de-seed it for less heat) and add to the tuna.

  • Mince the garlic cloves and add that to the tuna as well.

  • Peel and grate about 1/4 tsp of fresh ginger directly into the bowl.

  • Finely slice the green onion, chop the cilantro and them to the mix.

  • Add the fish sauce to the bowl and mix everything together with a fork. Sprinkle in red pepper flakes.

  • Whisk the two eggs well, add it to the tuna and mix it all well.

  • Using your hands take handful of the tuna mixture and make a ball about 2 inches big and flatten them out gently making patties. (Don’t pack the mix too hard. Instead with a loose hand, simply shape the patties till they barely stick together. You want them light and airy not dense.)

  • Heat some oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat and carefully fry the fishcakes for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until they turn golden. You want to be very careful while flipping them over as they are quite delicate.

  • Pack and enjoy!

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