Tuna Patties with Tomatoes

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Canned tuna is a mainstay in my pantry. This is because it’s the only fish that I don’t need to force on the kids. It is a great source of protein and essential nutrients, making it a popular choice for those looking for a quick and easy meal option. And not only that, but canned tuna is also a nutritious ingredient. It is a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential vitamins and minerals. These nutrients are important for maintaining a healthy diet and supporting overall health. Canned tuna is also low in fat and calories, making it a great option for those who are watching their weight. Which is why we have all those ads about Century Tuna Beach Bodies. Haha.

Canned tuna is a very versatile and convenient ingredient that can be found in almost every grocery. Even here in my island, you wouldn’t lack for canned tuna options. With its long shelf life and affordable price, canned tuna is a must-have in your pantry.

Its versatility allows you to use it on many Filipino ulam ideas. It can be used in salads, sandwiches, pasta, and casseroles. The mild flavor of canned tuna allows it to blend easily with other ingredients, making it a great addition to any dish. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick snack or a hearty meal, canned tuna is a great option.

One of my early memories of canned tuna is already in college. (I know! I’m always telling you about my food memories haha!) This is because having grown up in an island, it’s a scandal to be buying canned fish because -well, we have plenty of fishes in the sea, so to speak. If they catch you buying one, your neighbors would talk about you and you would be a pariah! Scary. Haha!

Anyway, back in college, I used to eat in a house that cooks meals for students. I’d pay weekly for the homecooked meals and this sweet lola cooks for us. It’s like eating at your own house actually. One of my favorites among the food she cooks is this Tuna Patties from canned tuna with tomatoes every Friday morning. As you know, in Filipino culture, Friday is for fasting and this is a day for fish and vegetables. This is not exactly her recipe but close enough! Remember that this is a bit on the soft side, unlike those Mexican tuna patties that has flour on it.

Tuna Patties with Tomatoes


3 cans calamansi tuna (Century), oil drained well
3 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped red onion
3 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
oil for cooking


1. Mix everything together in a bowl until well combined.

2. Form small patties with your hands (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter).

3. Cook in oil in a hot pan. Do not touch till you see the edges are formed. Turn it over once,

4. Serve with rice.


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