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Healthy Tuna Cakes Recipe with Garlic Lemon Yogurt Sauce

Low-carb, low-fat, high-protein and absolutely delicious!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Tuna
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 122 kcal
Author Holly Sander


For The Tuna Cakes:

  • 20 ounces canned solid white tuna in water (four 5-ounce cans)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup low fat Greek yogurt (or mayo if you prefer)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 jalapeno chile peppers finely chopped (ribs and seeds removed unless you like it a little spicy)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup almond meal (or plain dried breadcrumbs)
  • cooking spray

For The Spicy Lemon Yogurt Sauce:

  • ½ cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro (a rounded tablespoon!)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


For The Tuna Cakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Empty 4 cans of tuna into a large strainer over the sink, and let them drain while you prepare the following ingredients.

  3. Sauté onions in olive oil for about 8 minutes in a sauté pan, until translucent.  Set aside and let cool.

  4. While the onions are cooking, in a large mixing bowl, add Greek yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper and whisk till combined.  Then add cilantro and peppers to the mixture.

  5. Add the tuna, beaten eggs, cooked onions and almond meal, and mix gently.
  6. Using a 1 1/2 inch scoop (or your hands), form the mixture into balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. If you are freezing the tuna cakes, leave them on the baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Once firm, store them in a re-sealable freezer bag until needed.
  8. To finish the cakes, bake on 425 for about 20 minutes, just until they start to crisp and become golden.

For The Spicy Lemon Yogurt Sauce:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and whisk thoroughly. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

If you are freezing the cakes, leave them on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer for a few hours. Once they have firmed up you can transfer them to a resealable storage bag. When you want to cook them, place them back on a baking sheet while still frozen, and allow them to thaw in the fridge for at least 4-5 hours. Then proceed with baking per the instructions.

For an extra spicy kick add a tablespoon or two of Sriracha sauce to the mixture before forming the cakes.