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

Variations

  • 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.

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Tuna Croquettes 

215 Cals 22.5 Protein 21.5 Carbs 3.5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
freezer time: 10 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Meal Prep
CUISINE: American
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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

*2 TBSP GET TOSSED, DEDUCTED FROM N.I

Nutrition

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

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  1. 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!

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

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

  5. Is there a way to replace the egg in this recipe?

  6. 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

  7. I made these tonight and they were delicious. I made a light tartar sauce to go with them and served with a salad. Very easy to make. 

  8. These were yummy!  Just a little more steps than I’m used to. Still worth it!

  9. I made these the day they popped up in my inbox and they were great! My 5 year old also loved them. The only change I made was using dried dill instead of fresh and yellow mustard instead of Dijon, because that’s what I had on hand Even with those changes, these were great.

  10. What would you guess is the measurement for the potatoes? Using instant potatoes could mean I don’t have to run to the store! 😁

  11. Made the tuna croquettes tonight…they were DELICIOUS! Served with sweet potato oven fries, roasted broccoli and cauliflower, and a tossed salad. Really great meal!

  12. I think I can veganize this with chickpeas or chopped artichokes instead of tuna. Can’t wait to try. Thanks for the inspiration, Gina!

  13. Thanks Gina for thinking of the budget! This sounds good and will put on the menu this week.

    • Absolutely Amazing! I did not have dill or any fresh herbs. So I throw in a tablespoon of parsley. We made spicy mayo for dipping. So yummy together! Please note that when I rolled them up, I had more then 8, but I think its because I used slightly bigger cans of tuna then called for. Either way, I thought “this is not going to fill everyone up”. I was totally wrong. It’s was perfect for a family of 4 and was very filling. Thank you so much for always giving us such great recipes!!!

  14. I was looking to see how people liked it and so far – nothing. I’m not a fan of mashed potatoes – I know weird – but I love all your recipes and this one just leaves me flat and I may be 150% wrong.

  15. I made these today at lunch after the recipe popped up in my inbox. OMG. So delicious! I will be making again. And again. Thank you!

  16. Looks wonderful..will be trying

  17. Can I add dried dill and how much ? I cant get out for fresh dill.

  18. What type of air fryer do you use? There are so many out on the market now.

  19. Would you recommend freezing them?

  20. hi gina, is this recipe zero points? Thanks

  21. What goes good with this?

  22. If you don’t like tuna, how do you think canned chicken would do in this recipe??

  23. This calls for Mayo but how much?

  24. HOW MUCH MAYO

  25. I’m not seeing the link for all the canned tuna recipes?

  26. What can I use instead of potatoes?