Easy Tuna Croquettes (Air Fryer)

Discover the ultimate budget-friendly and hassle-free recipe for Easy Tuna Croquettes in the Air Fryer. With just a handful of ingredients, including canned tuna and mashed potato, you can create a wholesome treat coated in crispy Panko breadcrumbs. Utilize the Air Fryer for a healthier twist, ensuring a delightful bite to satisfy the entire family!

Indulge in the quick and effortless Easy Tuna Croquettes (Air Fryer). Enjoy the added benefit of no oil usage while achieving a satisfying crunch. This four-ingredient recipe can be whipped up in under 20 minutes, making it a definite winner. Don’t worry about making an excess; these croquettes freeze exceptionally well. A convenient Plan B option for the kids in the freezer is a lifesaver. Treat your whole family to this delightful recipe that brings convenience and flavour to the table!

Air Fryer to the Rescue

Tuna Croquettes (Air Fryer)

Air fryers are a new mom’s best friend! I’m not sponsored here… It was a great revelation for making my family healthy yet appealing food! It brings this nice crunch everyone loves without all the oil. Plus, it takes half the time than with the oven. However, the one thing I’ve learned with my Air fryer is to always coat a bit of the food with olive oil before cooking… not much; just a little spray is all you need! Otherwise, this machine dries up relatively fast food. This recipe is also suitable for the oven; it requires to double the time at the same temperature, and voila! It will be slightly less crispy but as delicious!

Mercury Level Dangerous?

Bonito is a small Tuna living in the Northern Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea and is considered to have a lower mercury level, just like the Skipjack in Light Tuna cans in the USA. Mercury levels are high in Albacore, yellowfin or Big Eye tunas. So keep an eye on the type of tuna you buy, mainly if you feed it to kids.

In Spain, it’s often canned and conserved in olive oil! Perfect for this recipe! Ensure the canned tuna you choose is preserved in olive oil, not brine. You’ll need the extra fat to bring taste to your fritters. Alternatively, you could substitute the Tuna fish for any canned fish like salmon, crab or even the leftovers.

Tuna Croquettes (Air Fryer)

Variations

Enhance the flavour of these Tuna croquettes to suit adult tastes. Prepare the initial batch for the little ones with minimal salt. Incorporate chopped chives, dill, or thyme into the breadcrumbs for a more exciting twist. Adding a touch of heat, such as a spicy oil or cayenne pepper to the tuna mixture, can be delightful, too.

If you want a Gluten Free version, they sell Gluten Free Panko crumbs or check out how to make your own here!

Storage

The best way to store tuna croquettes for long-lasting freshness is by placing them in an airtight container; you can extend their shelf life for up to four days in the refrigerator. However, we recommend storing them in the freezer for extended preservation for three months. These savoury delights are a blessing for parents; always having a quick lunch or dinner ready is essential for toddlers and kids.

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To Serve with

A lovely butternut squash soup or any soup would be a great side dish for these fritters. Even a simple side of Broccoli or caramelized carrots would do wonders here! A green salad would go well for the grown-ups!

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Tuna Croquettes (Air Fryer)

These Easy Tuna Croquettes are terrific budget-friendly snacks or appetizers. Made with canned tuna and mashed potato, coated with Panko breadcrumbs and cooked in the Air fryer for a healthy, fast dinner for the whole family!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Other
Keyword: air fryer, croquetas, croquettes, fritters, potato, tuna
Servings: 12 croquettes
Calories: 47kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Equipment

  • Air Fryer optional

Ingredients

  • 1 big potato russet style
  • 80 g canned tuna in olive oil
  • 50 g panko breadcrumbs or normal breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Start by boiling the potato.
  • Take off the skin with a paper towel.
  • Add the potato in a bowl with the tuna, oil, salt, and black pepper and mash it up.
  • Oil your hands, form the croquettes, and cover them in Panko breadcrumbs.
  • Add the croquettes to the Air fryer at 180°C (350F°) for 10 minutes, or bake in the oven at 180°C (350F°) for 20 minutes.

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Notes

Can keep in the refrigerator for 4 days or freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Nutrition Facts
Tuna Croquettes (Air Fryer)
Amount per Serving
Calories
47
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.2
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
2
mg
1
%
Sodium
 
46
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
95
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
6
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
0.4
g
0
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
4
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
11
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.5
mg
3
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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10 Comments

  • Gloria

    5 stars
    I always have canned tuna in the house. What a great idea. This would be an awesome party appetizer.

  • Cara @ Street Smart Nutrition

    So glad you mentioned BLW – I have a few friends in that stage now. Will be sharing with them!

    • Marie Breton

      It’s not in the post, but this recipe was inspired by my baby-led weaning book! Kids loved the texture of these croquettes!

  • Patricia

    5 stars
    Oooo! I love the looks and sound of these. I have a new oven and it has a built-in air fryer that I need to figure out. I can’t wait b/c I really want to try these – they look fab!

  • Julie

    5 stars
    I made these for my boys and they loved it! Such a tasty dish for the family for a weeknight.

  • Marie

    Are babies allowed to eat tuna?

    • Marie Breton

      Hi and thank you for you question! It’s a good one that needs to be talked about. Depending on where you live, tuna is mostly recommended, Health Canada recommend 75g for babies 1-4 yo, the NHS (UK) recommend it to babies, while the FDA (USA) suggest the light Tuna cans which are made with smaller tunas (meaning less mercury) as part of their ‘Best Choice’ type of fish. Although, the amount recommended for kids under 2 years old isn’t clear in the USA. Also, to start slowly with fish, being an allergen, start with small quantities and keep an eye on baby the first times he ingest it, to make sure he’s not allergic. So, hope I could help out, ultimately it’s a personal choice.

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