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Tuna Croquettes (Baked or Air Fryer)

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Tuna Croquettes are budget-friendly, made with pantry staple canned tuna, potato, and dill that’s breaded and baked in the oven or air fryer.

Tuna Croquettes
Tuna Croquettes (Baked or Air Fryer)

I’ve been trying to come up with some economic recipes since groceries prices have increased. Canned tuna and potatoes are budget-friendly, and I think these croquettes turned out great and super easy. I love having an open-face tuna fish sandwich or Tuna Egg Salad for lunch, or sometimes even a Tuna Melt. But canned tuna is not just for salad, it’s great in this croquette recipe or try my popular Tuna Noodle Casserole. You can see all my canned tuna recipes here.

Canned Tuna Croquettes

What can be more budget friendly then canned tuna and potatoes! Combined they make an easy dish you can have for lunch or dinner. Tuna croquettes are great served over a big green salad with lots of lemon juice for the dressing. You could also have them as a main dish with a side of veggies and tartar sauce for dipping.

What are tuna croquettes?

These easy tuna croquettes are small cakes filled with mashed potatoes and canned tuna. Croquettes are generally breaded and fried, but I air fry or bake them for a lighter option.

Tuna Croquette Ingredients

  • Tuna: Use two 5-ounce cans of chunk light tuna in water, drain and flake apart.
  • Potato: Peel and cube one large russet potato and then boil them for 15 to 18 minutes. Once they’re soft, drain and mash before adding to the other ingredients.
  • Ingredients for Flavor: Dill, red onion, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Coating: Dip the croquettes in the egg and then panko. Use gluten-free panko for gluten-free croquettes.

Air Fryer Tuna Croquettes

Air fryer recipes are my top requests and I am not surprised! The air fryer will deliver crispier results than the oven, but both methods work. Before cooking the croquettes, spray them with oil so the panko gets crispy. If you’re air frying, air fry for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, turning halfway, until they’re golden.

While creating my air fryer cookbook, I tested many different air fryers and really like the 7 quart GoWISE Air Fryer, which is powerful yet affordable.

Baked Tuna Croquettes Recipe

You can also bake them in the oven at 375 degrees for 22 to 24 minutes, turning halfway


  • Fresh Herbs – Swap the dill for any fresh herbs, such as parsley or chives.
  • Other canned fish –use canned salmon or sardines in place of fish.
  • Leftover fish –Used any leftover cooked fish in place of canned tuna fish.

Easy Tuna CroquettesCanned Tuna CroquettesAir Fryer Tuna Croquettes

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Tuna Croquettes 

4.89 from 17 votes
Tuna Croquettes are budget-friendly, made with pantry staple canned tuna, potato, and dill that's breaded and baked in the oven or air fryer.
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Meal Prep
Cuisine: American
Tuna Croquettes
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
freezer time: 10 mins
Total: 1 hr
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 croquettes


  • 2 5 ounce cans chunk light tuna, in water, drained and flaked apart
  • 1 large 10 ounce russet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes, 9 ounces peeled
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup plain or gluten-free panko, *
  • lemon wedges, for squeezing
  • tartar sauce, optional for serving


  • Place the potatoes in a small sauce pan and cover with water. Cook on medium- high heat until potatoes are tender, about 15 to 18 minutes then drain.
  • Mash in a large bowl and combine with the tuna, dill, mayo, red onion, Dijon, lemon juice and salt and black pepper and place in the freezer 10 minutes.
    mashe potatoes
  • Place a generous 1/4 cup of mixture in hand and gently roll into 8 logs.
    Tuna Potato Croquettes
  • Place the beaten egg in a small bowl, the breadcrumbs in another bowl.
  • Dip the croquettes in the egg, then into the panko and set aside on a board. Spray both sides of the croquettes with olive oil.

Air Fryer Method:

  • Air fry 350F 10 minutes, turning halfway until golden and crisp.
    Air Fryer Tuna Croquettes

Oven Method:

  • Bake in the oven 375F for 22 to 24 minutes, turning halfway until golden and crisp.
    Baked Tuna Potato Croquettes
  • Serve with lemon wedges.

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Serving: 2 croquettes, Calories: 215 kcal, Carbohydrates: 21.5 g, Protein: 22.5 g, Fat: 3.5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 69 mg, Sodium: 426.5 mg, Fiber: 1.5 g, Sugar: 1.5 g


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59 comments on “Tuna Croquettes (Baked or Air Fryer)”

  1. Inspired by the suggestion of cooking this on a bed of cauliflower rice, and people in the comments mentioning pickled jalapeños I decided to experiment with this meal a bit. I Thawed out 2 packs of cauliflower rice as well as a frozen pack of chopped spinach. I cut two chicken breasts into cubes and mixed it together in a casserole dish with the cauliflower and spinach. I mixed cream cheese as well as the last spoonful of sour cream I had left in a container together. I opened a can of pickled jalapeños and added the juices to the cheese mix and dumped the whole can of pickled jalapeños into the casserole dish then tossed everything together with the cheese mix. I baked it in the oven at 425 for about 30 mins. The results were a spicy and tangy casserole that makes 4 good sized bowl fulls. I didn’t bother using salt or pepper since I was using a whole can of pickled jalapeño and I skipped using green onions and cheddar. Give it a good stir when it comes out of the oven and let it sit for a few minutes before serving it. 

  2. These were good but I wouldn’t make them again. I left out the onion and ended up cooking them for 34 minutes to get them crispy. (In the oven) I also highly recommend the tartar sauce, I was missing that

  3. Unbelievably great! As someone who is getting back in shape…hitting weights and cardio hard…and eating 6 small meals a day…….THIS recipe is fantastic. Excellent protein…complex carbs…low fat…and most importantly tastes fantastic.

    NOTE: Someone mentioned freezing these…and that is a great idea. Make a TON of them in a big batch….then freeze and pull out and place into fridge to thaw a day before throwing into Air Fryer or oven.

    I made these today for the first time and brought over to a football watch party. Everyone loved them.


  4. These were delicious! A little more work than I anticipated for a weeknight, but very tasty and filling. If you can either do the potatoes in advance (or use instant), it will cut down on the time. And my 11 year old loved them!

  5. I did this recipe with sweet potato and skipped the breading step and it still was tasty! I drizzled a bit of wasabi mayo on top for an extra kick. 

  6. These brought back some childhood memories while being healthier than the pan-fried version we used to have. My brother’s meal of choice when it was his time to pick was often “tuna balls” with mac and cheese. In my 40’s it’s a more refined tuna croquettes atop a salad. Haha. But seriously, these were great. They were easy to make and came out looking beautifully browned in the air fryer. This is yet another keeper and fantastic for the Lenten season.

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        Sue Kartzmark

        you said these could be baked instead of using an air fryer but I can not find any instructions to make by baking and I want to make a large batch so I can freeze them

      2. In the narrative- 🙂 “You can also bake them in the oven at 375 degrees for 22 to 24 minutes, turning halfway”

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    Laurel Thiessen

    Could you freeze them?  My husband loves them, I could make a double batch and freeze for a quick lunch.

  8. These were good! I will make them again.   They were a little time consuming for me, but well worth it. My son gobbled hem up. Next time, I.m going to make a tartar sauce to go with them as suggested!  These will go in my meal plan rotation for sure!
    A word to the wise about using dried dill, though.  In the comments a poster asked how much dried dill to use , and the response given was “half as much”.  A quarter cup of dried dill would be waaayyyy too much, The salmon would taste a pickle. I believe it is a typo that perhaps could be fixed.i