Sometimes, when you have no fresh produce or meat in the fridge and dinner is unplanned.. you panic. Well, me? I never do because I *always* have canned tuna in my pantry and Whole30 Mayo in my fridge. I am smart like that 😉 haha, not really. It’s mainly because I’ve had years of practice on this whole clean eating thing and know having items on hand like that can lead to wonderful creations like these Whole30 Tuna Cakes with Smoked Paprika Aioli!
So, for lunches, I always whip up a quick, cold tuna salad and throw it on a bed of lettuce or really anything I have in my fridge. BUT, I wanted a warm, delicious, crispy tuna cake for dinner and so that is what I made! I also used my Primal Kitchen’s Mayo Whole30 compliant mayo to whip up a quick and easy aioli to dip it all in and YUMMO. I will definitely be doing this again soon.
Meals don’t always have to be fancy to be delicious. This Whole30 Tuna Cakes with Smoked Paprika Aioli recipe.. case and point! Plus, I am so beyond thrilled that Primal Kitchen’s Mayo is now available at select Costco’s in Texas! So, to celebrate, I thought I’d share this recipe that uses their mayo in two, delicious ways! Enjoy!
- 2 (5oz) cans tuna
- 1 tbsp. primal kitchens mayo
- 1/4 green bell pepper, finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp. avocado oil (olive oil is fine, too)
- 1/2 cup primal kitchen mayo
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
- salt, to taste
- In a bowl, add tuna, egg, 1 tbsp. mayo, diced bell pepper, garlic, almond flour, salt and pepper. Using a fork, mix to combine.
- Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop out 1/4 cup of the mixture. Transfer scoop to hands and form a nice patty. Continue until all patties are formed.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, but not smoking, using a spatula carefully lay the tuna cakes into the oil and let fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
- Using a sturdy spatula, carefully flip and continue to cook on the other side until golden brown, about 2-3 more minutes.
- Transfer patties onto a plate lined with paper towels and immediately sprinkle with salt. Let rest for 2 minutes before serving.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl combine all of the aioli ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Serve with aioli and enjoy!
BrittJanuary 10, 2023 at 4:15 pm
Mine fell apart when I put them in heated pan. Suggestion? Add more almond flour?
AlexJanuary 10, 2023 at 6:11 pm
I would add a bit more binder, the mayo, until it really holds well. and make sure your tuna is drained well before! 🙂
JillJanuary 20, 2021 at 5:08 pm
What is the nutrition facts for these?
AlexJanuary 20, 2021 at 5:46 pm
I do not calculate the nutrition on any of my recipes but someone else may have who can share! You can often search my recipes on calorie-tracking sites like My Fitness Pal to see if someone has already calculated as well.
DeannaJanuary 7, 2021 at 11:48 pm
These are the BEST! I wasn’t even a tuna fan until I tried these. Highly recommend for Whole30, or really any time of the year even when you’re off Whole30. Simple and delicious, oh and also man approved! 🙂 Thank you, Alex!!
KateFebruary 9, 2018 at 3:01 pm
Would these work with canned salmon? They look delicious!
AlexFebruary 21, 2018 at 3:44 pm
Yes!! They do work with canned salmon!
EmilyDecember 29, 2021 at 12:02 am
Could I make these in the air fryer?
AlexDecember 29, 2021 at 6:48 pm
Yes, I bet they’d be great!
IleanaFebruary 7, 2018 at 11:05 pm
This was delicious! Hot or cold, it’s great!! ????
MaddisonFebruary 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm
could you saute the garlic and peppers first or will it make the mixture too runny?
AlexFebruary 7, 2018 at 7:37 pm
Yes you could but like you said, be sure to strain it well.
MindyFebruary 5, 2018 at 11:17 pm
Do these taste ok cold? Trying to come up with new lunch options for my son.
HollyFebruary 24, 2021 at 7:26 am
YES! I tried them cold and they’re just as amazing as warm.
SarahFebruary 1, 2018 at 1:43 am
Can you make these in advance and keep in refrigerator before cooking? Thanks!
AlexFebruary 1, 2018 at 12:52 pm
I haven’t tried it but I am pretty certain you could and they’d be great!!! That way you can fry them up as you go so they stay crisp! 🙂
EleniJanuary 31, 2018 at 9:55 pm
would it be okay to cook the tuna cakes in the oven instead of on the stove?
AlexFebruary 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm
They wouldn’t get crispy, so I wouldn’t personally do it this way.
RebeccaJanuary 31, 2018 at 5:08 pm
Yum! Do you see any issues with replacing the tuna with crab meat? Thanks!
AlexFebruary 1, 2018 at 12:55 pm
I am going to work on a crabcake next week so that I can make sure the measurements works the same. I know it will be super similar but just am not positive!
ErinJanuary 29, 2018 at 9:42 pm
Can you use Arrow Root instead of almond flour?
AlexJanuary 30, 2018 at 4:17 pm
If you do arrowroot, I’d just add 1 tbsp. I prefer to use arrowroot more as a thickener, not as a bread crumb replacement like I have in this recipe.
KristenJanuary 16, 2021 at 11:38 pm
Can I substitute the almond flour for coconut flour?
AlexJanuary 18, 2021 at 3:55 pm
I find coconut flour has a much stronger flavor to it, so i don’t suggest itin this recipe. Cassava, tapioca, or arrowroot would be beetter.