Quick Tuna & Cheese Fishcakes

Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 5 mins, Total Time: 10 mins

January 31, 2013

Quick Tuna Fishcakes

One for the littlies in your life today. After the popularity of my Sunday Dinner Leftover Cakes, my kids are equally as crazy about these little shallow-fried patties (AKA bombs!) of Leftover Mashed Potato and Veggies, Tuna and Cheese. It’s a flavour combination that works for most little people and happens to be a fine way of sneaking into their tummies a multitude of Hidden Veggies. If your little people are particularly veggie adverse then I advise chopping the veggies very finely, but because the overall flavour is such a pleasing one I doubt they’ll even notice the sneaky good stuff.

Whenever I make any dinners involving mash and veggies, which happens to be pretty often in our house,  I always cook plenty extra so I can make these tasty little fishcakes the next day. It’s then a matter of simply mixing the cold mash with any cooked veggies, a little cheddar and a can of tuna. Shaping into patties and coating in breadcrumbs, polenta or panko (or a mixture of any of these) and shallow frying in a little sunflower oil. They can then be served with yet more veggies or baked beans. And there you have it, a generally pretty wholesome dinner easily made in minutes.

And they taste really really good. And I should admit to always making the odd extra or two for us big people too!

I’m entering my frugal dinner time treat to a couple of challenges. Firstly to the first ever Credit Crunch Munch, a new event co-hosted by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla at Fab Food 4 All.  And secondly for my first ever time to the No Waste Food Challenge held by Kate from Turquoise Lemons, and this month hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen. The theme this month handily happens to be Mashed Potatoes!.

The Good Stuff:

Tuna, Potatoes, Cheese, Veggies

Great For:

Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers, Big Kids, Family Dinners, Mid-Week Suppers, The Veggie Adverse, Tuna Lovers


Makes 8 – 10 Fishcakes.
Great for using up leftover mash & veggies.
Can be kept in the fridge for a few days or frozen for a later convenience dinner.

Special Equipment:

A frying pan

Quick Tuna & Cheese Fishcakes

Ingredients Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 5 mins, Total Time: 10 mins

For 8 – 10 Fishcakes:
300g cold Mashed Potato

200g cold cooked Veggies (if you don’t have enough leftover veggies then you can always top up with defrosted frozen peas or sweetcorn), finely diced

185g tin Tuna, drained

75g Cheddar Cheese or similar, grated

3 heaped tablespoons dry Breadcrumbs, Polenta or Panko (or a mix of any of these)

Sunflower Oil

1) Simply combine all the ingredients bar the breadcrumbs and oil in a large bowl. Shape into even patties, about a golf ball size works really well.

2) Place the breadcrumbs/polenta/panko in a flat bottomed bowl.

3) Now coat the patties in a fine layer of the crumbs and refridgerate until you’re ready to fry. Or they can be frozen at this point.

4) Pour a fine layer of sunflower oil into the bottom of a frying pan and heat on a medium heat. When the oil is hot carefully place your fishcakes in the oil. You’ll probably have to fry them in a couple of batches.

5) Fry on both sides until golden brown all over. Drain on kitchen paper and serve.

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13 thoughts on “Quick Tuna & Cheese Fishcakes

  1. Elizabeth

    Why have I never thought of putting a tin of tuna in potato cakes!? This is a fantastic idea and one I am definitely going to try with my children the next time we have leftover mash. Thank you for entering the no waste food challenge!

    1. Chez Foti

      Thanks Elizabeth. I started with making ‘Leftover Sunday Dinner Cakes’….basically all the leftovers of a sunday dinner formed into a patty and fried. And since my kids loved them more than the preceding sunday dinner I’ve moved onto adding other things too, like canned fish or just veggies and cheese!

  2. annelifaiers

    Oh Lou, I so envy you. My kids won’t touch tuna! I have tried to make very similar things to these before and met the usual utter resistance! Honestly, this evening was typical – they refused to eat the boiled potatoes I had made stating that they hate potatoes (they love potatoes).I can’t even cook the things they like and be sure they will eat them. Some days I just despair… (moan over, thanks for listening xx)

    1. Chez Foti

      Oh gosh, that sounds like hard work! It’s so frustrating isn’t it when you cook something and meet with total resistance. I usually have to use a good deal of blackmail to coerce mine into eating these days, particularly anything new. Though once they start they’re usually fine. Though anything with tuna is always OK in our house, they’re both huge fans….albeit tuna sandwiches are the only sandwiches they’ll eat!

  3. andreamynard

    These look great Louisa, another brill idea to sneak veggies/healthy stuff into food children will love. I think I’ll be eating them too though.

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