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Tuna Zucchini Cakes with Garlic Tomato Sauce

August 2, 2014 (Last Updated: February 16, 2021)

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Total time to make this recipe: 30 minutes
Zucchini Tuna Fritters with Tomato sauce
overhead shot of a plate with tuna zucchini fritters on a fork

When I don’t know what to cook, I often make meatballs or fritters. I can use everything I have available in my fridge: Ricotta, Vegetables, Fish,…

These fritters are born just like that. One of my pantry staples is canned tuna. I use it very often in salads or pasta sauces like this Pasta with Tuna Tomato sauce.

For this kind of recipes where the tuna is cooked and mixed with other ingredients, I always use canned tuna in water. I use tuna in olive oil only if I eat it “raw”, in a salad for example. Also, my kitty gets to drink the tuna water and she LOVES it! 😉

Zucchini are also always available in my fridge. In summer I also grow them myself because we eat so many. So I had to find a way to use zucchini and tuna together. So I tried to make meatballs with them.

Although I noticed that they were too soft to keep the meatball shape. So I turned them into fritters or small burgers.

overhead of a plate with Zucchini Tuna Fritters with Tomato sauce

Other Fritters Substitutions

  • Protein: Instead of Tuna, try using canned salmon or even canned crab. Otherwise you can also use fresh or frozen fish.
  • Vegetable: Instead of zucchini you can use broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, spinach or even a mix of these vegetables. Whatever you have available.
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Zucchini Tuna burgers with Tomato sauce

The Recipe

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Easy fritters or burgers with just a few ingredients. A perfect light lunch for the whole family.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Jessica – Cooking my Dreams


For the Fritters

  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 can Tuna
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 Egg
  • 2-3 Breadcrumbs
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper
  • EV Olive oil

For the Tomato Sauce

  • 3 ripe Roma Tomatoes
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • Salt & Pepper


For the Tomato Sauce

  • Peel the tomatoes and blend them into a sauce. 
  • In a small pan, fry in olive oil the minced garlic for a couple of minutes, then add the tomato sauce and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Cook at low heat for 15-20 minutes.

For the Fritters

  • Grate the zucchini and chop the onion very thinly. Brown both in a pan with olive oil for about 10 minutes, until they become tender. Set aside and let them cool.
  • Drain the tuna and mix it with the egg, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. (If the mix is too loose, add more breadcrumbs). Drain as much as possible the zucchini and onion, and add them to the mixture.
  • Add enough olive oil to coat well a large pan and wait until it gets hot (but not smoking).
  • Shape the mixture with your hands into a burger shape or spoon it directlly in the hot oil.
  • Turn them to brown both sides. As soon as they are uniformly golden brown, they’re ready!
  • Serve them with freshly made garlic tomato sauce.


You can add a couple of tablespoons of Ricotta if you have it available. It will make the meatballs even more tender.


Calories: 141 kcal | Carbohydrates: 8 g | Protein: 21 g | Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 112 mg | Sodium: 258 mg | Fiber: 1 g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: fish burgers, healthy lunch, italian food
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