Saturday, 5 April 2014

Paleo Tuna cakes recipe

Paleo: Tuna cakes recipe
Last week, one of my goals was to really limit my family's gluten intake as we transition into a paleo lifestyle. When thinking up our meal plan, I realised that we rarely eat fish. My son really loves it, but hubby isn't a fan which means we pretty much never eat it for dinner. One of the ways I added fish was to make up these amazing tuna cakes! 

Welcome to Mommyhood: Paleo Tuna cakes recipe

Seriously guys, even if you don't like fish, you'll like them! Bonus: no breadcrumbs, no gluten, 100% paleo, they have veggies and they are so easy to make! Ready for this Tuna cakes recipe? Here it is!

Tuna cakes recipe


  • 1 medium boiled/steamed potato (this can be prepared ahead of time)  
  • 1 can of tinned tuna 
  • 1/8 of a leek (finely chopped) 
  • 1 shallot 
  • 1/2 shredded carrot 
  • 1 egg
  • The juice of half of a lemon
  • A handful of fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Coconut oil for cooking (can be whichever one you prefer really or use a non-stick pan)

Welcome to Mommyhood: Paleo Tuna cakes recipe


  • Get your potato cooking. If you are pressed for time, chop it up into smaller pieces
  • Chop up the leek and shallot
  • Grate the carrot
  • Once the potato has finished cooking and is cool enough to touch, mash it
  • In a large bowl, combine all of your ingredients 
  • Shape into patties 
  • Heat frying pan with oil
  • Add the patties and pan fry on medium to high heat
  • This part is really important: Don't flip them too soon! I am so impatient and have ruined multiple pancakes, cakes, meatballs, patties, anything by flipping too soon. Wait for the sides to brown a bit, and then flip. It took about five minutes on a pretty high heat 
  • Flip and pan fry on the other side for an additional three to five minutes 
  • Then you get this: 

Welcome to Mommyhood: Paleo Tuna cakes recipe

The tuna cakes were so good! So so good! I made them while the Toddler was sleeping, and had to remind myself to not eat the entire batch in one go. I'm so glad I saved some for him though because he loved them as much as I did! Toddler approved means this recipe is going to be a regular in my kitchen. 

These cakes actually don't taste too fishy, and you get a hint of freshness from the lemon. It's a great combination, and I highly recommend you try this recipe! The tuna cakes are also pretty easy to make, with the most time consuming part being cooking the potato! The actual patties don't take more than fifteen minutes to prep and cook. I was also surprised that even without the breadcrumbs, they didn't fall apart too easily, which has been a major problem in my attempts at gluten free patties. That and flipping them too soon! 

For more healthy recipes, be sure to visit my healthy recipes page. For more paleo inspiration, stop by my Paleo Friendly pinterest board.

Today, I am linking up at: Hip homeschool hop and Lean Lena and Fairytales and Fitness!

Thanks for reading,