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All Recipes, Tapas / July 19, 2023

Classic Spanish Tuna Fritters | Easy & Delicious 20 Minute Recipe

These Classic Spanish Tuna Fritters, known in Spain as Buñuelos de Atún, are filled with flavors, seriously easy to make and all done in under 30 minutes. Serve them as a tapas appetizer like they do in Spain or even as a main course. They pair perfectly next to some roasted potatoes and a garden salad.

Classic Spanish Tuna Fritters
To make this recipe I used Spanish canned tuna in olive oil. You can also use tuna in water if you like, as well as any other type of canned seafood. Such as canned salmon, canned anchovies or even canned mackerel.

Classic Spanish Tuna Fritters
I served these fritters next to a classic garlic mayo aioli. Made with just mayonnaise, garlic, lemon and olive oil. If you want to add a little spice into the aioli, you can add in a pinch of chili powder or even some hot smoked Spanish paprika.

Classic Spanish Tuna Fritters

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Make sure to cook the fritters in batches, to not overcrowd the pan. To keep the fritters warm while you cook each batch, add them into a preheated oven at its lowest setting.

Classic Spanish Tuna Fritters

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:
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Watch the Video Below on How to Make Classic Spanish Tuna Fritters

Classic Spanish Tuna Fritters
5 from 2 votes

Classic Spanish Tuna Fritters

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 402 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 120 ml
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour 60 grams
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup beer 90 ml
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley 8 grams
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.25 grams
  • 2 cans tuna in olive oil 4 oz / 110 grams each
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise 120 grams
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 ml
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Add the flour into a bowl, make a well and crack in the egg, whisk the egg, then add in the beer and whisk everything together until you form a batter with no lumps, then add in the onion, garlic, parsley, paprika and season with sea salt & black pepper, whisk together until well mixed

  2. Drain the cans of tuna into a fine sieve with a bowl underneath, flake the tuna to remove any excess oil, then add the tuna into the batter and mix together

  3. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  4. Once the oil is hot but not smoking, about 4 minutes, add in spoonfuls of the batter into the pan, all in a single layer and evenly spaced out (cook in batches), fry for 2 minutes per side or until golden fried all around, then add into a plate with paper towels

  5. To make the aioli add the mayonnaise into a bowl, finely grate in the garlic, add the lemon juice, olive oil and season with sea salt & black pepper, whisk together until well mixed

  6. Add the aioli into a serving dish and decorate the tuna fritters around it, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Classic Spanish Tuna Fritters
Amount Per Serving
Calories 402 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 375mg16%
Potassium 202mg6%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 404IU8%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Simon BonitoLugar

    5 stars
    Just made these, we all love it, and it was a success with my 2 year old 😀
    Super quick and easy, will definitely do it again

    20 . Feb . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      21 . Feb . 2024
  2. Ali

    5 stars
    These were super tasty!

    17 . Oct . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      18 . Oct . 2023
  3. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use tofu / vegan mayo and skip beer as i dont use alcohol at home i never had classic spanish tuna fritters before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    20 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      20 . Jul . 2023

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