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All Recipes, Tapas / May 8, 2023

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.

Tuna Croquettes
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.

Tuna Croquettes
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.

Tuna Croquettes

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.

Tuna Croquettes

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make Spanish Tuna Croquettes

Tuna Croquettes
5 from 1 vote

Spanish Tuna Croquettes

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 croquettes
Calories 129 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 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


  1. Drain the cans of tuna into a fine sieve with a bowl underneath, gently flake the tuna and set aside

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat add in 3 tbsp (45 ml) of the drained oil from the canned tuna

  3. 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

  4. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into a bowl, season with sea salt & black pepper and whisk together, add the bread crumbs into a separate bowl

  5. 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

  6. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the sunflower oil

  7. 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

  8. Serve piping hot or warm, garnished with fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Tuna Croquettes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.002g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 117mg5%
Potassium 91mg3%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 104IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Laura-Lee Fineman Karp

    This recipe is not merely good, it is outstanding. Instructions are clear, proportions are exact, results are delicious. I had been using another recipe for Spanish tuna croquettes — an excellent recipe but very time consuming. This recipe is just as good, perhaps better, with much less effort.

    24 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      25 . Jan . 2024
  3. Lisa

    5 stars
    I had so much canned tuna and didn’t know what to do with them. I came across this recipe and decided to give it a try. I flew home from a week long vacation last night so I didn’t have much energy or food in my fridge. I made this recipe without milk, fresh parsley, and onion. It still came out delicious! My two picky daughters (age 3 and 4) loved it too. Thank you!

    12 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      12 . Aug . 2023
  4. Mari

    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 x

    09 . May . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      200 C / 390 F, between 15 to 20 minutes should do the trick 🙂 Much love

      09 . May . 2023
  5. Bruce

    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
  6. Brenda

    Sounds good!!
    Can they be baked instead of fried? I try not to cook with oil.

    Thank you

    08 . May . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! Much love 🙂

      09 . May . 2023
  7. Ramya

    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 work

    08 . May . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      09 . May . 2023

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