Ponzu Tuna Cakes

5/5 (2)
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
4 servings
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  • 1/2 block firm tofu
  • 1 10 oz can tuna, drained
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 green onion
  • 2 tablespoons ponzu sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil


  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Mixing bowls
  • Skillet
  • Spatula
  • Paper towels

Quick Directions

  1. Cut tofu into small pieces, then wrap in paper towels and let drain 10 minutes.
  2. Crumble tofu and slice the green onion. Mix all ingredients except the oil in a bowl.
  3. Shape into 6 to 8 patties.
  4. Heat skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and patties, then cook 5 minutes until the bottom is browned.
  5. Flip patties over, cover with lid and cook another 5 minutes until cooked through.
  6. Serve garnished with additional green onion and ponzu.

The Story

Tuna and tofu together in one savory patty! Canned tuna is cheap and easy, and with a little ponzu to spice things up, these cakes are a quick and easy weeknight hit!

As a kid I wasn’t a big fan of canned tuna. It just seemed, well, fishy. Fresh tuna I loved, but canned, it just wasn’t as good. To eat it, I had to dress it up a bit, which I did a lot! One of my favorite ways to eat it was in a patty, and after many variations over the years, ponzu cakes have become my all time favorite. Drizzled with extra ponzu sauce, it’s so good!

I’m a big fan of adding tofu to the mix. While it might seem unusual at first, tofu is  a great addition to not only increase the nutritional value, but also stretch the yield of the recipe. Tofu is inexpensive compared to meat, and just adding a little doesn’t overwhelm the taste. Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll love it too!

Recipe – Ponzu Tuna Cakes:

– Cut your tofu into several small blocks, then wrap tightly in paper towels for 10 minutes to remove excess water.

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– Use your hands to crumble the tofu into a fine pulp in a medium sized bowl.

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– Cut the green onion into thin slices. Add the tuna, egg, panko, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, green onion, and ponzu sauce to the bowl and stir to combine.

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– Shape the mixture into 6 to 8 patties. Use your hands to firmly press them together so they will hold their shape.

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– Place a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the sesame oil to the pan, then add the patties. Cook for 5 minutes until the bottoms have browned.

Ponzu Tuna Cakes

– Flip the patties over, cover with a tight fitting lid, and cook for another 5 minutes until cooked through.

Ponzu Tuna Cakes

– Serve garnished with additional green onion and ponzu sauce.

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