You will love these cheesy, crispy Tuna Cabbage Patties with spicy garlicky mayonnaise dipping sauce. Super easy to make, the tuna patties are pan-fried in a little oil (like fritters) and can be served for lunch, brunch or dinner. I love it with a big salad for a satiating, nutritious meal. Great as finger food! Keto, low-carb, gluten-free. Recently updated with a how-to video!
Cheesy Tuna Cabbage Patties
Made with canned tuna, cheese and egg BUT no flour, these cabbage patties are gluten-free, low-carb and keto-friendly. I often make them during a Low-Carb Challenge and enjoy them for lunch, dinner, and sometimes even breakfast with an added fried egg.
These are kind of like fritters but pan-fried rather than deep-fried. The shredded cabbage gives them a nice texture and body and becomes tender on the inside and crispy on the outside when the patties are cooked in a frying pan. Plus, the cheese melts and gets a little gooey, holding everything together.
You can serve them with a variety of sauces, including your standard tomato sauce or mustard. Or you can whip up a little hot sauce and garlic spiked mayo dipping sauce or a herby chimichurri.
I served them with a nice salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and peppers.
Cabbage Patties Ingredients
Cabbage: You will need about 2 cups of shredded or finely sliced/diced cabbage. White cabbage or Napa cabbage works best but you could also use red cabbage as well. You will get more purple-blue-ish patties in that case. Important: the cabbage has to be shredded thinly and then cut up a bit so that the shreds are not long, otherwise, the patties won’t hold together.
Canned fish: I made these patties with canned tuna but salmon or sardines will also work in this recipe.
Binding ingredients: Eggs and cheese, which will melt during cooking, bind and hold everything together. I used large eggs. If it feels like your mixture needs an extra egg, by all means, use one more as it will not spoil the recipe.
Other bits for patties: Red onion adds a little sharpness and flavour, and the rest is just salt and pepper. Super simple! Plus, olive oil or coconut oil for cooking.
Spicy Garlic Mayo Sauce
This is a really simple dipping sauce that goes with ALL fritters or savoury patties. All you need is good quality mayonnaise, minced or diced garlic and Sriracha hot sauce, Tobasaco or Frank’s hot sauce. Garlic powder can also be used but you will have a more mellow flavour. Mix everything together and it’s good to go!
You can switch up or put a twist on it with wholegrain or hot mustard, diced pickles or kimchi, herbs like dill or basil, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, lemon zest and juice, harissa, chipotle and so on.
How To Make Tuna Cabbage Patties
You will find the full list of ingredients and nutritional information in the recipe card below. Here is a how-to video and step-by-step photos.
Step 1. In a large bowl, combine shredded cabbage with cheese, tuna, eggs, red onions, salt and pepper. Mix until well incorporated, especially the cheese and eggs. Don’t leave sitting for too long as the cabbage will release juices and the whole mix might get quite wet. Best to cook right away!
TIPS: Make sure the cabbage is shredded thin and chopped up! If the pieces are too big, the patties will easily fall apart. The onion should be chopped finely as well. If the mixture seems too wet, add a tablespoon of coconut flour or regular flour to absorb the moisture. If it seems like it needs an extra egg, go for it!
Step 2. In a large frying pan, heat a good splash of olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil over medium-high heat.
Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture to make a pattie or use a large spoon or a 1/4-1/3 measuring cup to shape the patties. I usually eye-ball it with a heaped tablespoon of the mixture. I add it to the pan and then shape and flatten the patty.
Pan-fry over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Add a little more oil when you turn the patties to keep them extra crispy.
Step 3. While patties are cooking, make the sauce. Grate or mince the garlic clove and mix into mayonnaise together with hot sauce. Set aside.
Prepare a side salad or vegetables to go with the patties. I made a salad with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red capsicum/peppers, radish, onions, lemon and olive oil dressing.
Make Ahead Prep Tip
If you want to make these ahead of time, you can prepare all of the ingredients and add them to a bowl EXCEPT for salt and eggs. Cover the bowl with a lid/Gladwrap or store the mix in a container until you’re ready to cook (a day or two in advance is fine). Then, when you are ready to cook, mix in the salt and eggs. If you mix those in too soon, the cabbage will start to release juices and the batter will get too wet/soggy.
Alternatively, you can make and pan-fry the fritters and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a frying pan or oven and serve with the sauce.
Tuna cabbage patties can be frozen once they are cooked. Defrost in the fridge overnight, then pan-fry on low heat to warm them up and get some of the crispiness back.
These tuna and cabbage patties are gluten-free, low-carb and keto-friendly, and high in protein. They are nutrient-dense with lots of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. You can make a vegetarian version with cabbage, cheese and eggs.
Here are the nutrition macros per 3 patties: 480calories, 5.9 g total carbs, 1.2 g fibre (4.7 g net carbs), 27.5 g protein, 38.2 g fat (includes 1 tablespoon of mayo sauce).
More Fritters And Patties To Try
- Paneer Fritters With Cucumber Mint Raita (Low-Carb, Vegetarian)
- Prawn Fritters With Spicy Sriracha Mayo
- Cavolo Nero & Corn Fritters (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free)
- Chicken Sausage Patties With Pear & Sage (Whole30, Gluten-Free)
- Vegetable Patties With Kale & Sweet Potato
Full Recipe For Tuna Cabbage Patties
Find the full list of ingredients, instructions and extra cooking notes below. If you have questions or cook this recipe, please let me know in the comments and make sure to rate this recipe so it’s easy for others to find.
These crispy, cheesy tuna cabbage patties (or fritters) with spicy garlic mayonnaise are perfect for lunch, brunch or dinner. Serve with a big salad for a satiating, nutritious meal. Also great as finger food! These cabbage tuna patties are keto, low-carb, and gluten-free.
2 cups shredded white cabbage (make sure to shred it thinly and chop it up a bit)
2 cups shredded cheese (Cheddar, Mozzarella, Tasty or a mix)
2 large eggs (yolks and whites)
185–190 g / 6 oz of canned tuna, drained (salmon or sardines are fine)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 red onion, diced finely
For spicy garlic mayo
1 clove of garlic, minced or grated
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
1–2 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauce
- Mix the batter. In a large bowl, combine shredded cabbage with cheese, tuna, eggs, red onions, salt and pepper. Mix until well incorporated, especially the cheese and eggs. Don’t leave sitting for too long as the cabbage will release juices and the whole mix might get quite wet. Best to cook right away!
Tip: If the mixture seems too wet, add a tablespoon of coconut flour or regular flour to absorb the moisture.
- Pan-fry fritters. In a large frying pan, heat a good splash of olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil over medium-high heat. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture to make a patty or use a large spoon or a 1/4-1/3 measuring cup to shape the patties. I usually eyeball it with a heaped tablespoon of the mixture. I add it to the pan and then shape and flatten the patty.
- Pan-fry over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Add a little more oil when you turn the patties to keep them extra crispy.
- Make the spicy aioli. While the patties are cooking, make the sauce. Grate or mince the garlic clove and mix into mayonnaise together with hot sauce. Set aside.
- Make a side dish. Prepare a side salad or vegetables to go with the patties.
Tuna can be swapped with canned salmon or sardines.
- Serving Size: 3 patties with 1.5 tablespoons sauce
- Calories: 481
- Sugar: 2.4 g
- Sodium: 1055.6 mg
- Fat: 38.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 5.9 g
- Fiber: 1.2 g
- Protein: 27.9 g
- Cholesterol: 177.1 mg
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