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Thai Tuna Patties with Cilantro Cabbage Slaw

Easy to make 10-minute Thai Tuna Patties with a simple fresh cilantro cabbage slaw. You just need a few simple ingredients to make a high protein flavorful meal. Great for meal prep or an easy appetizer! This recipe is in partnership with Genova Seafood.

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

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Tuna patty topped with avocado and shredded carrots

I’m going to be honest with you. Growing up, the only tuna-related recipe I loved was my Dad’s tuna pasta salad that he used to make in the summertime. I’d gobble it up the noodles, tangy flavor (probably thanks to mayo) and of course the addicting umami flavor of tuna.

Dad loved making that tuna salad for me and I loved eating it.

Tuna patty on half of a bun topped with avocado, shredded carrots and shredded cabbage

Years later my taste buds have gone into full blown adulthood and I can’t get enough tuna. There are days when Abra and I are so busy working away that we don’t have time to prep a big lunch so we usually mix a can of tuna with avocado or greek yogurt and nosh on it over a salad, or mixed with another creation from the week (like this broccoli chickpea salad!).

Tuna pattie on half of a bun topped with avocado and shredded carrots and two tuna cans in the background

Today I’ve got another EASY tuna recipe for you that can literally be made in 10 minutes. Perfect for lunch or an easy dinner post-workout. And guess what? It all starts with my favorite can of Genova Yellowfin Tuna. Most of you probably know that I’ve been working with Genova for a few years now and for good reason:

  1. They have EASY OPEN CANS. No can opener required which means I can bring it on the go if necessary. A can of tuna + 1 avocado + bread = easy hiking lunch. Also great mixed with greek yogurt, honey, dijon and chopped apples!
  2. Genova Tuna is made with just olive oil, tuna and sea salt. That’s right, three simple ingredients make the tuna taste AMAZING, fresh and flavorful. And a little bit of olive oil helps to keep the tuna moist and keep flavor.
  3. Finally, I love Genova because they are committed to to sustainable seafood and are MSC Certified, the world’s leading certification standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood. You can even trace their seafood on the Genova Seafood website!

Two thai tuna patties next to each other

These thai tuna patties are packed with fresh flavor from cilantro, a little spice thanks to cayenne pepper and savory thai flavor thanks to turmeric, ginger and garlic.

I’m OBSESSED and you will be too, especially after you top them with my easy-to-make cilantro cabbage slaw.


More delicious tuna recipes to try:

Honey Mustard Apple Tuna Salad

Stovetop Southwest Tuna Mac and Cheese

Pesto Tuna Caprese Cucumber Bites

Farmer’s Market Spicy Tuna Wraps with Homemade Chipotle Greek Yogurt Ranch

Green Goddess Tuna Quinoa Salad

Thai Tuna Patties with Cilantro Cabbage Slaw

5 from 19 votes
thai tuna patties on a pun with cabbage slaw and avocado
Course Appetizer, Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Seafood, Under 30 Min
Keyword tuna patties
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serves 4

Easy to make Thai Tuna Patties with a simple fresh cilantro cabbage slaw. You just need a few simple ingredients to make a high protein flavorful meal.


  • For the slaw
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup shredded cabbage
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • A few dashes of hot sauce, if you like it spicy
  • For the burgers
  • 2 (5 ounce) cans Genova Yellowfin Tuna
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour (or ¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs)
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • ½ tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • For topping:
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Optional:
  • 4 whole wheat or gluten-free hamburger buns


  1. Make your slaw. In a small bowl combine carrots, cabbage, cilantro, apple cider vinegar, coconut sugar, sesame oil, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Set aside to marinate for a few minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together tuna, egg, coconut flour, cilantro, ginger, garlic, turmeric, salt and pepper until well combined. Break up the tuna with a fork and mix together until well combined. 
  3. Use your hand to form four even patties. If they don’t seem like they are sticking together well, place in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add coconut oil to a nonstick skillet or griddle and place over medium heat. Add each patty to the skillet and cook for about 2-4 minutes, until golden brown, then carefully flip patty and cook for another 2-4 minutes. 
  5. Remove from heat and transfer to buns or lettuce wraps. Add avocado slices and cilantro cabbage mixture. Serve with extra hot sauce, aioli or mayo if you’d like. Serves 4.
Servings: 4 patties with slaw
Serving size: 1 tuna patty with slaw
Calories: 268kcal
Fat: 18.4g
Saturated fat: 4.5g
Carbohydrates: 10.1g
Fiber: 4.3g
Sugar: 4.1g
Protein: 17g

This recipe is in partnership with Genova Seafood. Thanks for supporting Ambitious Kitchen and the brands that help make this site possible!

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