Tuna Croquettes with Homemade Tartar Sauce

In 15 minutes, you can make these classic tuna croquettes that are a great way to make tuna taste great for the whole family. Paired with homemade tartar sauce for dipping, these will fly off the plate.
  • Servings: 4
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8-10 minutes


Tartar Sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper or paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons green onion, chopped finely, including some of the tender green tops
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (5-ounce) can solid tuna packed in water, very well drained
  • 2 teaspoons paprika or cayenne pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


1. For the tartar sauce: In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, relish, lemon zest, lemon juice, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Stir well and set aside.
2. For the croquettes: In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, ½ cup of the bread crumbs, the milk, flour, green onion, and salt until well blended. Add the tuna and 1 teaspoon of the paprika and stir very well with a fork, breaking up the fish into very small pieces. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a deep skillet or wok, heat 2 inches of vegetable oil over medium-high heat to 350ºF.
4. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup panko and 1 teaspoon paprika.
5. Use two spoons or an ice cream scoop to divide the tuna mixture into 8 portions and drop each into the bowl of crumbs, turning gently to coat all sides.
6. When the oil is hot, fry the croquettes in batches until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Scoop from the oil onto layers of paper towels to drain while you finish frying the rest. Serve hot, with the tartar sauce on the side.


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