Can Craft: Tuna Croquettes

Can Craft is a Tablecrafter series on creating presentable food from preserved, processed, and canned food.

We bet that right now, sitting in your cupboard, is a can of tuna waiting. Before you mix it into another batch of tuna salad, check out this recipe.

These tuna croquettes have a lot of flavor and great texture. The interior, while soft and fluffy, contrasts with the exterior’s pleasant crunch and, adding to this, the fresh vegetal flavors lent by the bell peppers to the briny tuna. Climb out of your culinary rut and let this recipe inspire you to take a chance in the kitchen.

Recipe: Tuna Croquettes

Yield: 2 servings
Time: 1 hour (15 mins prep / 30 mins cooling / 15 mins cooking)


  • 1–180g can tuna flakes in brine, drained
  • 250g potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tbsp green onion, finely minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 lemon, wedged for serving
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Boil the potatoes for 12–15 minutes, or until tender. Push the potatoes through a ricer or finely purée them in a food processor.
  2. Add the tuna, green onions, bell pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix thoroughly with a spatula. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  3. With slightly damp hands, roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and place them on a tray.
  4. Roll the balls in flour making sure to tap off any excess, and then in the egg, and lastly the breadcrumbs.
  5. Heat about an inch of oil to 180°C and gently drop in the croquettes. Cook for about five minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with lemon wedges.

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