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Healthy Tuna Patties With Kale

Healthy Tuna Patties With Kale & Beet Relish

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Pan-fried
  • Cuisine: European


These tuna patties (or fish cakes) are healthy and nutritious, made with added kale and gluten-free/grain-free flour. Served with a tasty beetroot and horseradish relish and a green salad.



For the fish cakes

  • 100 g / 3 oz. kale, leaves removed from the stem
  • 250 g / 0.5 lb tinned tuna or other fish
  • A handful of fresh dill
  • 2 spring onions/scallions, roughly diced
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour or cassava flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Coconut oil for cooking

For the beet relish

  • 23 medium cooked beetroots
  • 1/3 small red/Spanish onion, roughly diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated horseradish or wasabi


  1. Make the fish cakes. Bring a small pot of water to boil and add the kale leaves. Cook for 1 minutes, until slightly wilted, then rinse under cold water and strain. Squeeze excess liquid and add the kale leaves to a food processor fitter with an S-blade. Add the rest of the fish cake ingredients, except for the tapioca flour and coconut oil. Whiz the mixture for 10-20 seconds, until it starts to come away from the sides. Then add the tapioca and whiz a couple of times to incorporate. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
  2. Heat a teaspoon of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Using your hands, mould the fish mixture into small patties and flatten slightly. Add the hot pan and cook for 2-3 minutes each side, or until golden brown. Remove to a plate.
  3. Prepare the relish. In the meantime, wash the food processor and put it back together with an S-blade in. Add the relish ingredients and blitz a few times, until ground up into a salsa like consistency. Transfer to a small ramekin.
  4. Wash and prepare a side salad or some green veggies.
  5. Serve the fish cakes with the relish and a side salad.

Keywords: tuna, fish, fish cakes, autoimmune

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