Raid-the-cupboard tuna sweetcorn cakes

Raid-the-cupboard tuna sweetcorn cakes

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins Plus chilling


Makes 4

Tinned fish is a lifesaver when you need to rustle up some simple potato patties for a healthy, budget-friendly supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per cake

  • kcal467
  • fat22g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre3g
  • protein27g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 450g potato, quartered



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise, plus extra to serve
  • 2 x 185g cans tuna, drained



    A member of the mackerel family, tuna are mainly found in the world's warmer oceans. They…

  • 198g can sweetcorn, drained


    sw-eet corn

    Also known as corn on the cob, sweetcorn is composed of rows of tightly packed golden yellow…

  • small bunch chives, snipped, or 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 100g dried breadcrumb
  • sunflower oil, for frying
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • salad and your favourite dressing, to serve


  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until really tender. Drain and allow to steam-dry in a colander. Tip into a bowl, season and mash. Stir in the mayonnaise, tuna, sweetcorn and chives or parsley. Shape into 4 cakes and chill until cold and firm.

  2. Dip each cake into the egg, letting the excess drip off, then coat in the breadcrumbs. Chill for 15 mins.

  3. Heat a little of the oil in a pan and gently fry the cakes for 2-3 mins on each side until golden. You may need to do this in batches – keep warm in a low oven. Serve with extra mayonnaise and salad leaves.

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31st Jan, 2014
Really easy to make and very tasty too. Recipe makes 8 and not 4 as mentioned. I didn't chill mine and no problems with them falling apart.
23rd Oct, 2013
I thought these were delicious and not at all bland. The recipe made 8 as I thought they were too large if the mixture was only divided into 4 portions. No problem with them breaking up either, they held together beautifully. A hit with the whole family. Will definitely make again.
4th Dec, 2012
Took quite a long time to make but were amazing!
Frantic Flapjack
4th Dec, 2012
These were very good and not at all bland although the mixture made 8 instead of the stated 4. They held together very well in the pan which is not always the case with fishcakes!
28th Nov, 2012
To babka the brave, these are much better done in the oven, cos they will not break up. Add a bit of red onion, herbs etc. for extra flavour. They are only worth doing if you have leftover mash, I wouldn't be bothered boiling up potatoes just to do these.
28th Nov, 2012
What a massacre! They took about two hours from start to finish, used almost every dish, pan and bowl in the house, and then they went and got obliterated in the frying pan. The mixture didn't hold together very well at all, despite chilling for a bit longer than 15 mins. The patties took much longer than a couple of minutes per side to cook and out of the ten I made, three I had to scoop out of the oil in pieces. The ones that survived tasted ok but so not worth the hassle.
27th Nov, 2012
these were very tasty. Freeze them before cooking. Freeze them on a baking tray lined with parchment covered with foil. They can then be oven cooked from frozen. Sprinkle with a drop of olive oil and they will brown beautifully.
27th Nov, 2012
At what point can you freeze????????? i have a load of potatoes left over and all of the other ingredients so would like to make ahead!
27th Nov, 2012
These were excellent very tasty but made more than 4. Have done them a few times.
7th Nov, 2012
Served with home made tartare sauce


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