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Pistachio Crusted Tuna Patties

A crunchy pistachio crusted tuna patty served over fresh greens and drenched in lemon herb aioli that can be done in 30 minutes. This recipe is the perfect healthy meal for the whole family and is Whole30, Paleo and gluten-free.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Ashley McCrary


Tuna Patties

  • 5 cans tuna (5 oz cans)
  • 1 tbsp compliant mayo
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard (Annie's is my favorite compliant brand)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1/3 cup diced onions
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup ground pistachios
  • fresh parsley ,for garnish

Lemon Herb Aioli

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Lemon zest
  • 1 small garlic clove (If you don't like a garlic taste, cut the clove in half)


Tuna Patties

  • Preheat oven to 400 F, Line a baking sheet with 1 tbsp of olive oil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add in 5 cans of tuna, drained, along with 1 egg, lemon juice, zest, chopped onions, Dijon mustard, seasonings, and almond flour.
  • Mix together until completely combined.
  • Form tuna into 1 1/2 inch thick patties (or desired size). This recipe will usually make 8 patties.
  • Roll the tuna patties in the ground pistachios ( I grind mine in the food processor) Add the patties to baking sheet
  • Add the oven and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add a tuna patty on top of greens, drizzle with Lemon Aioli and garnish with fresh parsley.

Lemon Dill Sauce

  • Add 1 cup of compliant mayo to a bowl. My recipe for mayo: (1 cup of light olive oil, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 tsp lemon juice) Add all your ingredients to a mason jar and use your immersion blender to mix together until thick and creamy.
  • Mix in the seasonings along with the lemon juice and zest. Combine with a spoon.


If you don't have an immersion blender, the sauce will work in a regular blender. Add everything in the blender except for the LIGHT olive oil. Turn on medium speed and slowly pour in the olive oil until it becomes thick.