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Healthy Tuna and Quinoa Patties

Written by COA Nutrition Team On February 7, 2020

These tuna and quinoa patties are healthy, high protein, easy to make and very delicious. This easy recipe for tuna cakes is perfect for a simple nutritious midweek dinner.



  • 2 cans of white albacore Tuna, drained
  • 1 cup Quinoa + 2 cups water
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • Olive oil for frying

Dipping Sauce

  • ½ cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tablespoons of tahini
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice


  1. Rinse the quinoa under cool water, until the water comes out transparent. Put rinsed quinoa in a medium saucepan. Add water, ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes until the quinoa is fluffy. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Let cool. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. To the quinoa add chopped onion, chopped parsley, tuna, eggs and spices. Mix until combined. Form into patties.
  3. Option 1: In a large pan with olive oil. Fry the patties for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel.
  4. Option 2: preheat oven to 350°F. Place the patties on a baking trey lined with parchment paper, spray each patty with oil and bake the patties for 25-30 minutes, until golden.
  5. Make the dipping sauce: in a small bowl whisk all sauce ingredients.

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Build time-saving habits

There are plenty of little habits you can build while cooking that will make you more efficient. For example, rinse prep dishes as you go to make washing them easier or move them into the dishwasher as you’re working. You can also create a scrap bag or bowl where you discard skins, odd bits, or anything else you might throw away while cooking – this way you don’t have to lose your flow walking over to the trash can. A huge time-saver: prep bowls. Measure out your ingredients beforehand and set them out in prep bowls. That way, once it’s time to use them, you can just grab the bowl and pour.

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