Spicy Cajun Tuna Cakes

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My fiance and I both work from home and try to eat healthy, but it usually leads to having the same thing for lunch everyday. Trying to switch things up but still keep protein high, I decided to try something new with the ingredients we had on-hand: 3 cans of tuna, oatmeal, and the seasonings that just may make it work.

The result: spicy cajun tuna cakes 🙂

Tuna is also extremely inexpensive and something you probably have on hand (whether you forgot about it or not).

To make this a bit more of a treat, substitute the tuna with lump crab meat… Yummy!


For the tuna cake:

3 cans of chunk light tuna (in water)
1/2 cup white onion chopped (I like to use green onions too; you can substitute 3 green onions here)
1 1/2 tbsp cajun seasoning
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 egg whites
1/2 cup old fashioned oats (can substitute w/ panko)
1 tsp hot sauce (we used sriracha)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

For the sauce:

For the sauce, we just used a store-bought remoulade we had in our fridge. It paired incredibly well though and turned out delicious. Just make sure to pay attention to the serving size (in this case, it was 1 Tbsp/serving). Sauces can quickly add more calories than you think – in addition to sodium – so it’s best to measure them out.


  1. Open cans of tuna. Place in a strainer and with a fork press some of the liquid out.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine tuna and remaining 8 ingredients and mix well.
  3. Form mixture into 6 equal patties.
  4. Place in the fridge for about an hour so they can set up.
  5. Using a large skillet, spray with cooking spray and cook tuna cakes over medium heat about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. (You just want them to be golden brown.)
  6. Serve with sauce on top or on the side.

Nutritional Information:

For the tuna cakes:

Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 tuna cake

Calories: 100
Total Fat: .5 g
Carbohydrates: 7 g
Sodium: 278 mg
Protein: 15 g


EMILY NESS is a full-time food and lifestyle author who’s passionate about developing simple yet mouth-watering recipes that anyone can make. Since founding her website CookingUpHappiness.com in 2013, she’s went on to share her passion for cooking healthy and tasty recipes with the thousands of people around the world.
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