Got Canned Tuna? Make these DELICIOUS Tuna Croquettes from Spain
These Spanish Tuna Croquettes, known as Croquetas de Atún, are seriously one of the best tapas dishes from Spain. They´re filled with simple yet delicious flavors, super easy to make and all done using the humblest ingredients.
Serve these tuna croquettes as a tapas appetizer, like they do in Spain, or even as a main course. They work great next to a tomato salad. Either way, serve these croquettes next to a bottle of Spanish wine or an ice cold beer for the ultimate experience.
For the tuna, I used canned tuna in olive oil from Spain. But you can use any type of canned tuna you like. However, I did use the olive oil from the tuna to sauté the onion and garlic. If you use canned tuna in water, just use regular olive oil to sauté the onion and garlic.
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: If your mixture is too wet to shape the croquettes, either add in some bread crumbs and mix until it thickens, or add the mixture into the freezer for a couple of hours. You can make the croquettes ahead of time and freeze. They will hold for up to 3 months. Just defrost before frying.
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Spanish Tuna Croquettes
- 2 cans tuna in olive oil 4 oz / 110 grams each
- 1 small onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 8 grams
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour 30 grams
- 1 cup low fat milk 120 ml
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup plain bread crumbs 120 grams
- 1 cup sunflower oil 240 ml
- pinch sea salt
- dash black pepper
Drain the cans of tuna into a fine sieve with a bowl underneath, gently flake the tuna and set aside
Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat add in 3 tbsp (45 ml) of the drained oil from the canned tuna
After a couple of minutes add in the onion finely chopped and the garlic roughly chopped, mix continuously, after 3 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the drained tuna, chopped parsley and season with sea salt & black pepper, quickly mix together, then add in the flour and continue to mix for 2 minutes, then slowly add in the milk while mixing continuously, once all the milk has been added, continue to mix until you end up with a thick paste-like texture, about 5 minutes, then transfer the mixture into a bowl and cover with saran wrap
Meanwhile, crack the eggs into a bowl, season with sea salt & black pepper and whisk together, add the bread crumbs into a separate bowl
Once the tuna mixture is cool enough to handle, start shaping the croquettes, in the size of a small egg (if your mixture is too wet, just add in some bread crumbs and mix until you get a firm texture), then coat each one in the egg wash and finally in the bread crumbs
Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the sunflower oil
Once it´s nice and hot but not smoking, about 5 to 6 minutes, add in the croquettes, all in a single layer, fry for 1 minute per side or until golden fried all around, then transfer into a dish with paper towels
Serve piping hot or warm, garnished with fresh parsley, enjoy!
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Yummy 😋 When I go home to see the family in Valencia, we do these with bacalao too. Never done them in the oven, how long and what temperature? Gracias x09 . May . 2023
Spain on a Fork
200 C / 390 F, between 15 to 20 minutes should do the trick 🙂 Much love09 . May . 2023
Not a fan of canned tuna, just wondered what you think About using canned salmon and maybe fine chop some celery.08 . May . 2023
Spain on a Fork
Yes you can use some canned salmon here if you like 🙂 Much love!09 . May . 2023
Can they be baked instead of fried? I try not to cook with oil.
Thank you08 . May . 2023
Spain on a Fork
Absolutely! Much love 🙂09 . May . 2023
Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms and almond milk cant wait to try this in my air fryer at home i never had easy spanish tuna croquettes before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work08 . May . 2023
Spain on a Fork
Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂09 . May . 2023
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