Some people just don't like their meals in "patty" form. Personally, I love all types of patties, from Japanese korokke (croquettes) and salmon patties to crab cakes, bean burgers, etc. These tuna croquettes are super quick, easy and cheap; they're a great meal to make out of simple pantry essentials.
Personally, I love canned tuna; a lot of people turn their nose up at tuna, but tuna is high in protein, vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids. The price is extremely affordable considering how nutritious it is, and this recipe provides another option besides the tired tuna salad or tuna melt. Once cooked, these croquettes don't have the tinny, fishy taste that canned tuna often has; you won't even be able to tell that it's canned!
1 5oz can of tuna, drained well
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 scallions, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs, divided
Combine the tuna, Dijon mustard, scallions, eggs, lemon juice, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup of the panko in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Shape into 8 patties and set aside to rest for 15 minutes. This allows the panko to soak up extra moisture, so don't be alarmed if your patties seems too wet.
Place the remaining 1/2 cup panko in a shallow dish (or a pie plate). Coat each patty with panko to cover all sides. Fry in 1-2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain on a cooling rack placed on a paper towel-lined baking sheet and let cool 2-3 minutes before serving. Serve with yogurt-dill sauce.
Adapted from Eatin' on the Cheap
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp dried dill
Pinch of salt
Combine the yogurt, lemon juice, dried dill and salt. Mix well and keep chilled until ready to serve.