Family-friendly tuna rice patties

Tuna rice patties - Ever-changing Life of a MumI have noticed I tend to share a lot of ‘easy’, ‘quick’ and ‘simple’ recipes on my blog.

It’s not that I’m time poor, as most people I know would consider me to be quite organised, but with three children, including a newborn, my family’s schedule can be hectic at times. I’m sure most families with young children are in the same position as me, so I try to share tried and tested recipes that are quick to make yet are still healthy and delicious.

I have been making these tuna rice patties since my eldest daughter attended childcare – it’s actually where I got the original recipe from as at the time I was trying to find meals my children would actually eat for dinner. You know the story, they eat everything at childcare or someone else’s house but not in your own!

I have tweaked the recipe slightly to suit my  children’s tastes, as the original included thinly sliced gherkin – but my children would spend more time at dinner picking it out than eating so we leave it out now. On occasion, I have added some freshly chopped parsley instead.

Served up with some steamed vegetables or a yummy salad and this is a quick easy dinner that’s always a hit with my family.


1 large can of tuna in springwater, drained
2 heaped teaspoons of French mustard
2 cups of cooked rice
1/2 cup breadcrumbs, plus more to roll the patties
Salt and pepper to taste
2 eggs
Oil for frying the patties


  1. Cook rice, drain and allow to cool slightly.
  2. While rice is cooking, mix together the tuna, mustard, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.
  3. Add rice when ready and mix well.
  4. Form into patties with your hands. They need to be quite firmly pressed into shape or they will fall apart when coating them – I use an egg ring when pressing them in my hands as I find it helps to keep them in shape and a consistent size.
  5. Beat eggs in a bowl, and add some more breadcrumbs into another bowl.
  6. Dip patties into egg, then into the breadcrumbs.
  7. Heat oil in a fry pan and shallow fry the patties, flipping until they turn golden on each side.
  8. Serve with steamed vegetables or salad.




11 thoughts on “Family-friendly tuna rice patties

  1. Yum!!!! My Mum always used to make these when we were little. I absolutely loved them… and now I have no idea why I havent made them myself. Definitely going to use your recipe and give them a try over the weekend. Yum! Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xx

  2. Ooooh I have a very fussy eater and ALWAYS looking for quick and yummy meals (totally nothing wrong with this and mandatory when you have a newborn) to entice her to eat healthily. Thanks for this recipe! Looking forward to trying it

  3. Oh, these will be perfect for the lunch box, that’s if any make it! I’ll most likely gobble them all up! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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