Quinoa Tuna Patties

It’s school holidays at the moment, so my daughter and I have been making the most of her last week by working out together every morning.  She runs, I walk fast and we meet at the car (I can guarantee you she’s always there first).  Another thing we like to do is meet my husband Nick for lunch in the city on his lunchbreak.  He always scouts out some new place for us to try and it’s always somewhere we love.  A couple of times we’ve had lunch in a cafe in Myer Melbourne, one of our two big department stores.  As part of their recent renovation there’s a lovely cafe on the ground floor towards Little Bourke Street and I always order the quinoa patties.

On both occasions we’ve been there, I was looking for a healthier lunch and spied these patties in the glass case.  They have a touch of curry in them which adds a nice flavour along with peas.

On returning home I’ve tried to recreate them and have now made them a few times.  They’re tasty between two slices of bread with tomato relish and lettuce for lunch or on their own with tomato relish on the side…can you tell we’re slightly obsessed with tomato relish in this house, a jar lasts no time.

If you give them a try I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

Coating the potato, tuna mixture in fresh breadcrumbs.

The cooked patties ready to be devoured!

The Recipe

4 potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
1/2 cup quinoa
1 200g can tuna (I used tuna in springwater), drained and mashed with a fork.
1/4 cup frozen baby peas (or less depending on your taste)
1 egg
2 spring onions
1/2  tsp lemon zest (grated on a microplane grater if possible)
salt & pepper
fresh or packet breadcrumbs

Cook the potatoes in a pot of boiling salted water until soft, drain, cool and roughly mash with a fork. You want to have some potato chunks in there.

Place the quinoa in a pot with 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to the boil.  Place a lid on the pot and simmer for 15 minutes.  Drain and cool.

Cook peas according to the packet directions (I microwaved mine for speed)

Place the potatoes, quinoa, tuna, peas, egg, spring onions, lemon zest, salt and pepper and mix to combine.

Shape a couple of tablespoons of the mixture into patties, depending on how big you want to make them and crumb with fresh breadcrumbs (I whiz up a couple of slices of multigrain bread in the food processor with some salt and pepper).  You can also use japanese panko breadcrumbs or normal breadcrumbs if the first two options aren’t achievable.

Heat a frypan on medium heat with some olive oil and cook the patties for a couple of minutes until golden then turn over with a spatula and flatten to your desired thickness.  Cook until golden on both sides.

Serve with tomato chutney if desired.

Catherine x


  1. tina @ colourliving

    Interesting… not sure about the tinned tuna:-) and breadcrumbs. I'm sure though that when you make them they taste delicious!

    I make minced veal meatballs and just use egg, spring onion, parsley, salt and pepper. I have the veal minced freshly for me so it's always 'pukka'.

    I love that you make the most out of your time with your daughter and that you guys

  2. mel

    It's funny Amanda and Tina's reaction to tinned tuna, I have no problem using it and in fact use it loads in salads and pasta. It's one of the few tinned things I use other than tomatoes. They look delish as usual Catherine! Mel x

  3. Catherine Bedson

    tina@colourliving your minced veal meatballs sound delicious. I love tinned tuna, we have a brand here called Sirena which is really good. Whoo Hoo for the improved weather and Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, lots to celebrate!

    Amanda@Gourmanda I love the Sirena brand of tuna Amanda, have you tried it? I love using canned tuna in so many ways. On crackers for lunch, mixed through a

  4. tina @ colourliving

    Ladies, I have no issue with tinned tuna. I keep tinned tuna, mackerel and sardines for emergencies (when I have no fresh food at home to use as a spread or in salads.

    I just don't cook with it, that's all.:-))

    I do prefer white tuna in glass. It's expensive though….

  5. Lauren

    These look great! I love it that you're walking/running with your daughter. Although not exactly the same, our husband has been taking our beagle out for walks in the morning (!). This morning he tried to run and she looked at him like he was smoking crack! They walked.

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