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thai tuna patties on a pun with cabbage slaw and avocado

Thai Tuna Patties with Cilantro Cabbage Slaw

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.

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
Servings 4 patties with slaw
Calories 268 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Thai Tuna Patties with Cilantro Cabbage Slaw
Amount Per Serving (1 tuna patty with slaw)
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 166
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.4g28%
Saturated Fat 4.5g28%
Carbohydrates 10.1g3%
Fiber 4.3g18%
Sugar 4.1g5%
Protein 17g34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.