These gorgeous spicy tuna fish cakes are perfect for entertaining.


  • 400g good-quality tinned tuna

  • 6 tinned water chestnuts, drained and finely sliced

  • 3 spring onions, trimmed and sliced

  • 3cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated

  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

  • 3 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped (rehydratedfor 5 minutes in boiling water if dried)

  • 2 tsp Thai fish sauce

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • For the Dipping Sauce

  • Good pinch of caster sugar

  • 2 tbsp Thai fish sauce

  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar

  • Juice of ½ lime

  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander


  • 1.

    To make the dipping sauce, mix together all the sauce ingredients, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Taste and adjust the flavours as necessary. Set aside.

  • 2.

    Drain the tuna and place in a bowl; use a fork to separate the chunks. Add the water chestnuts, spring onions, ginger, coriander, chilli and lime leaves and season with salt and pepper. Add the fish sauce and beaten eggs. Mix well.

  • 3.

    Squeezing the mixture to tightly compress it and get rid of any excess liquid, shape it into balls the size of golf balls. Flatten them lightly into patties.

  • 4.

    Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, add a little oil and shallow-fry the fish cakes on each side for 1–2 minutes until golden on all sides and heated through. Serve with the dipping sauce.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (8 servings)

  • Energy 228kj
  • Fat Total 16g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Protein 14g
  • Carbohydrate 5g
  • Sugar 1g
  • Sodium 512mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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This recipe makes 8 small cakes. 

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