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Crispy Tuna Cakes with Spicy Dijon Aioli

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Course All Recipes, Appetizers, Lunch, Snacks
Cuisine All, Bodybuilding Friendly, Fish, Low Carb
Servings 8 cakes
Calories 158 kcal


Fish Cakes

  • 10 ounces canned albacore tuna, drained (two 5 oz cans)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup crushed pork rinds
  • 3 TBSP mayonnaise
  • 3 TBSP grated shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced raw onions
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley (or a few TBSP of finely chopped fresh parsley)
  • 1 TSBP Dijon mustard
  • 1 TSBP fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • coconut or avocado oil for pan frying
  • 3/4 cup crushed pork rinds for the outside


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of sweetener (if desired)


  • Heat oil up in skillet over medium heat while you prepare your tuna cakes
  • Combine tuna, egg, mayonnaise, 1/4 cup pork rinds, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, onions, garlic powder, cayenne, tarragon, parsley, dijon, salt and pepper, and lemon juice. Stir until everything is evenly coated and moist
  • Roll fish cakes into balls that are about 2 1/2 inches in diameter, then roll them in the remaining pork rinds to create a light breading (it does not need to be heavily covered)
  • Place tuna cake balls into the pan at least 2 inches apart and press down lightly with the back of a spatula until they are about 2/3 of an inch thick
  • Allow to cook on low-medium heat for 7-8 minutes, then flip. The bottom should be a deep golden brown. Cook the other side for an additional 7-8 minutes
  • Remove tuna cakes to a paper towel to drain excess grease and continue to cook cakes until all the mixture is gone
  • Prepare the aioli by whisking together all aioli ingredients until smooth and creamy. Add sweetener if you like, or leave it out
  • Drizzle the aioli over the top of the hot tuna cakes. Serve garnished with fresh lemon



Calories: 158kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 13gFat: 11g
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