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All Recipes, Main Dishes / March 1, 2024

EASY Canned Tuna Meatballs | CRAZY Delicious & AFFORDABLE Recipe

These Canned Tuna Meatballs are what simple and delicious food is all about. We’re talking basic pantry staples, seriously easy to make and all done in under 30 minutes. Serve them as a tapas appetizer or even as a main course, next to some fried potatoes and a garden salad.

Canned Tuna Meatballs
I topped off the tuna meatballs with a spicy yogurt sauce. Made with just Greek yogurt, garlic, hot smoked paprika, lemon juice and olive oil. You can use other sauces here as well, such as garlic aioli, romesco sauce or even pesto.

Canned Tuna Meatballs
To make this recipe, I used canned tuna in olive oil. You can also use canned tuna in water. However, I did use the olive oil from the tuna to fry up the tuna meatballs. If you’re using tuna in water, just use regular olive oil to fry the meatballs.

Canned Tuna Meatballs

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: The secret to these meatballs is to ensure the tuna mixture is well-binded. That way they don´t break apart when cooking. Once you have the mixture ready, make sure to squeeze it in your hand before shaping the meatball. If the mixture is too wet, add more bread crumbs.

Canned Tuna Meatballs

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make these Delicious Canned Tuna Meatballs

EASY Canned Tuna Meatballs

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 meatballs
Calories 64 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 cans tuna in olive oil 4 oz / 112 grams each
  • 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs 35 grams
  • 2 cage-free organic eggs
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 8 grams
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • 1/2 cup low fat plain Greek yogurt 120 grams
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp hot smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 ml
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 ml
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Drain the cans of tuna into a fine sieve with a bowl underneath, gently flake the tuna, then transfer into a large bowl

  2. Add the bread crumbs over the tuna, crack in the eggs, add the chopped shallot, finely grate in the garlic, add the chopped parsley and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together until well mixed, then push down on the mixture until you end up with a paste-like texture

  3. To shape the meatballs, grab a spoonful of the mixture and squeeze it in your hands, this is to ensure all the ingredients are well binded, then shape into a ball, about the size of a golf ball, if you see your mixture is too wet to work with, add in some more bread crumbs

  4. Heat a fry pan with a medium heat and add in 3 tbsp (45 ml) of the reserved olive oil from the canned tuna, if you're using tuna in water, just use regular olive oil

  5. After a couple of minutes add in the tuna meatballs, all in a single layer, fry for 7 to 8 minutes or until golden fried all around, once done, transfer into a dish

  6. To make the spicy yogurt sauce, add the greek yogurt into a bowl, finely grate in the garlic, add the hot smoked paprika, lemon juice and olive oil, then season with sea salt and a generous portion of black pepper, whisk together until you get a creamy sauce

  7. Spoon the sauce over the tuna meatballs and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
EASY Canned Tuna Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 103mg4%
Potassium 76mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 187IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Jo

    This is incredibly good and so easy to make. I was watching YouTube late at night when this popped up on my feed. I literally got up off the sofa and whipped it up real quick. I didn’t have any shallots, so I subbed a small amount of finely chopped yellow onion. It was delicious and so easy to make with ingredients already found in the pantry. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    24 . Mar . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      26 . Mar . 2024
  2. Elis

    5 stars
    Oh, these were so simple yet delicious! Thank you for a great recipe! 🙂

    05 . Mar . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      06 . Mar . 2024
  3. Decker

    5 stars
    Very good, as usual!!!

    02 . Mar . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      03 . Mar . 2024

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