Monday, March 5, 2012

Egg-free Tuna Fish Cakes Recipe (Gluten-free)

Richard and I love my Fantastic Shrimp Cakes Recipe, however, Sam doesn't. She's 8 years old and much more prefers my Tuna Fish Cakes. So on the nights I make shrimp cakes, Sam gets tuna instead. These tuna cakes are super easy to make using a few basic ingredients from your pantry. Sam has been eating these cakes off-and-on for years and it's the only way I can get her to eat tuna. It's a great kid recipe, and served with a green vegetable, it's a complete meal. The picture above shows the tuna cakes served with my Best Brussels Sprouts recipe on the side.

Tuna Fish Cakes Recipe

2/3 cup water
1 tbsp olive oil
1/8 tsp salt
2/3 cup instant mashed potato flakes
1 can tuna packed in water
1 cup Rice Krispies cereal or Rice Chex cereal (divided)
Salt and pepper
3 tbsp vegetable oil for frying

First, make the mashed potatoes. In a small pot over High heat, add the water, 1 tbsp of olive oil, and salt. When boiling, add the potato flakes and mix it until you have firm mashed potatoes.

Put the mashed potatoes in a medium-size mixing bowl. Open a can of tuna and drain the water. Add the tuna to the bowl. Use a coffee grinder to grind the cereal into fine crumbs. Add 2 tbsp of the rice crumbs to the bowl and put the rest of the rice crumbs on a small plate. Mix the potatoes, tuna, and rice crumbs until well-combined. Divide the tuna cakes mixture into 4 pieces. Take each piece and roll them into balls in the palm of your hand, then flatten them into 1/2" thick patties. Gently press each side of each patty onto the rice crumbs on the plate to coat each side. Lightly salt and pepper each patty. You can make these ahead of time and refrigerate them for frying later.

In a medium skillet, add the cooking oil and heat the skillet to High heat. Wait for the oil to get hot enough to sizzle when you drop a small crumb in it. When a crumb sizzles, you can set the patties in. Let them fry for about 3 minutes per side until both sides are golden brown. When done, set them on a paper towel and blot off any excess oil. Makes 4 tuna cakes. Serves 1-2 people as a main course.

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