Every month I have a food budget I try to stick to and these Pistachio Crusted Tuna Patties fit perfectly as an inexpensive meal that the whole family loves. Canned tuna is a great source of protein that won’t break the bank and can make a tasty meal. In addition, my creamy Lemon Herb Aioli pairs perfect with the patties and brings out so many bright flavors.
When I think about tuna patties, it brings me back so many childhood memories. My momma would make tuna or salmon patties and serve with them with peas, mashed potato and gravy, I can smell that meal as I type this. YUM! Oh yeah, those were the days when I had someone cooking for me.
In honor of childhood meals, I put a spin on the regular tuna patty and created a version that is Paleo, Whole30, and Keto compliant. My mom would always add crumbled up Ritz crackers and butter to her version, so to make this healthy, I subbed tapioca flour to hold the patty together and ghee to get the brown crispy skin. It honestly tastes just as good as the version I ate 20 years ago.
Now that I have a family of my own, I want to make the same memories with my girls surrounding food. Hopefully, they will have the same feeling in 20 years when they eat or smell tuna patties.
What can I sub for almond flour when cooking these Pistachio Crusted Tuna Patties?
Coconut flour is a great substitute, but sometimes I find the flavor a little strong. To balance it I like to mix tapioca OR arrowroot flour to the coconut flour. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup almond flour, I will use 1/2 cup coconut flour and 1/2 cup arrowroot OR tapioca flour.
Can I cook these Pistachio Crusted Tuna Patties in the skillet or air fryer?
You can cook these pistachio crusted tuna patties in the oven, air fryer or skillet. I find the easiest way to cook would be the oven or air fryer because they hold their form easier. Through experience I have found that the tuna patties will fall apart from flipping and moving them.
- To cook in the air fryer, cover the basket with cooking spray and place the patties in a single layer and cook on 400 F for around 10 minutes. Flip half way through to make sure it cooks even on each side.
- To cook in the skillet simply add a couple of tbsp of olive oil or avocado oil to a skillet and cook on medium/high heat around 4 minutes on each side.
What else can I use the Lemon & Herb Aioli for?
This sauce is so easy and yummy to make. If you decide to make a big batch on Sunday, it will lasts you the rest of the week in the fridge. You can add this to protein, veggies or on top of a salad. I even put this on my eggs some mornings and it adds so much flavor. Sometimes I can get so bored with the same chicken and veggie dish over and over again that it’s refreshing to add this sauce that adds a ton of flavor.
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