Tuna Cabbage Patties With Spicy Garlic Mayo

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.


Tuna Cabbage Patties With Spicy Garlic Mayo

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 or dinner, and sometimes even breakfast with an added fried egg on top.

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.

You will love these cheesy, crispy tuna cabbage fritters with spicy garlicky mayonnaise dipping sauce. Super easy to make, the cabbage patties are pan-fried in a little oil and can be served for lunch, brunch or dinner. I love it with a big salad for a satiating, nutritious meal. Also great as finger food! Keto, low-carb, gluten-free.

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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.

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, are used for binding and holding everything together.

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.

Ingredients for cabbage tuna fritters or patties
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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.

Cabbage tuna patties with dipping sauce
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HOW TO MAKE TUNA CABBAGE PATTIES

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!

Tip: If the mixture seems too wet, add a tablespoon of coconut flour or regular flour to absorb the moisture.

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.

Cabbage patties with tuna and cheese recipe
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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.

Cheesy Tuna Cabbage Fritters
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NUTRITION NOTE

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).

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Cabbage patties with tuna and cheese recipe

Tuna Cabbage Patties With Spicy Garlic Mayo

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Pan-Fried
  • Cuisine: Australian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

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.


Ingredients

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2 cups shredded white cabbage

2 cups shredded cheese (Cheddar, Mozzarella, Tasty or a mix)

2 eggs (yolks and whites)

185190 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

12 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauce


Instructions

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

Tuna can be swapped with canned salmon or sardines.

Nutrition

  • 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

Keywords: Fritters, Tuna, Cabbage, Keto, Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Cheese,

Tuna cabbage patties with spicy garlic mayo sauce
BY IRENA MACRI

About the author: I share tasty recipes, tips, and meal plans to help you get healthier and lose weight. I am a qualified nutrition coach with an Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Weight Management. More about me here.

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6 Comments
  1. These were so divine! And really easy to make thanks to your instructions. My family loved them!

  2. These patties are really easy to make and a great way to use canned tuna. The mayo sauce is delicious too.

  3. Would never think to combine tuna and cabbage, but now I can’t wait to! These look delicious!

  4. These look and sound absolutely delicious. I am going to try this recipe soon, maybe will use sardines as I have those at hand.

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