Spicy Tuna Fishcakes Recipe


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Spicy Tuna Fishcakes


  • 2 (7oz) cans Tuna
  • 1 Chili pepper (I used a Habanero)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp chili oil (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp oil for frying


  1. – Drain 2 cans of solid white tuna and add it to a mixing bowl.
  2. – Finely dice a chili pepper (de-seed it for less heat) and add to the tuna. (I used a habanero coz, that’s all I had at home at the time. Since it’s a very hot chili pepper I didn’t chop up the whole thing, stopping just before I reached the seeds and called it good.)
  3. – Mince the garlic cloves and add that to the tuna as well.
  4. – Peel and grate about 1/4 tsp of fresh ginger directly into the bowl.
  5. – Finely slice the green onion, chop the cilantro and them to the mix.
  6. – Add the fish sauce to the bowl and mix everything together with a fork. (I started with 1/2 tbsp of fish sauce, gave the mix a taste, then added another 1/2 tablespoon.)
  7. – Drizzle a little chili oil (optional) over the top.
  8. – Whisk the two eggs well, add it to the tuna and mix it all well.
  9. – Using your hands take a handful of the tuna mixture and make a ball about 2 inches big and flatten them out gently making patties. (Don’t pack the mix too hard. Instead with a loose hand, simple shape the patties till they barely stick together. You want them light and airy not dense.)
  10. – Heat some oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat and carefully fry the fishcakes for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until they turn golden. You want to be very careful while flipping them over as they are quite delicate.
  11. – Serve with some sweet-salty cilantro dipping sauce.

Sweet-Salty Cilantro Dipping Sauce


  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp chili oil (or sesame oil)
  • Juice of 1/4 lime
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro


  1. – Mix all the above ingredients together and serve as a dipping sauce with the fishcakes.

fried fish cake

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