I saw a recipe for something like this a week or two ago, and it looked delicious. It turns out Rachel used to eat something similar growing up, and since we’re both pretty big tuna fans, it looked like it was time for us to give tuna patties a try.
The problem I had with other recipes I saw (no offense to the authors) was that there was a pretty hearty amount of mayonnaise, both in the sauces and even the patties themselves. I’m not anti-mayo, but I do think it sneaks into too many great recipes considering it’s pretty much just whipped oil (kind of). I can do a mayo tutorial soon, actually– but I thought this recipe didn’t really need it. It also doesn’t need any extra salt, by the way, because tuna comes packed with a lot of it. Just trying to win little victories here as we go.
At first when we mixed this up, we only used one cup of rice and found the resulting patties were pretty dry and overly tuna-y. Adding more rice surprisingly brought out the tuna in a great way, and improved the texture dramatically. We also were short on bread crumbs, so we improvised and threw some oats in the food processor to add instead. Worked great.
I had my patties with some arugula I had bought at our farmer’s market, and decided instantly that this is a meal I could eat every day. That probably wouldn’t actually happen (and it’s a little too much mercury in my diet anyway) but what I’m saying is that these were delicious.
Feel free to substitute other fresh herbs in the yogurt; you’re really just trying to dress it up a little. Try the tuna patties and let me know what you think!
Tuna Rice Patties Recipe
4 cans (5 0z) tuna in water
2 cups cooked, cooled rice
1/2 cup bread crumbs or finely processed oats
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 tsp fresh oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 scallions, minced
3 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup plain, unsweetened yogurt
1 tablespoon each fresh thyme and oregano
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp honey
salt and pepper
Not much to the actual recipe. Mix all the tuna patty ingredients together, first of all:
Same for the the yogurt sauce:
Then bring a pan to medium heat and coat with oil. Form the tuna mix into patties, or just lump them onto the pan and smash them down with a spatula. Cook on both sides until nicely browned, then remove to serve.