tuna cakes with apple salsa

Tuna Cakes with Apple Salsa

Summer may not officially be here yet, but summer like weather has finally come to Wisco. In the spirit of summer, I’ve been motivated to try out some new yummy looking fruit and veg dishes.  I bought some apples the other day and I’ve been wanting to make an apple salsa, but wasn’t sure what to serve it with.  Then it occurred to me that I like apples in tuna salad, so some kind of tuna dish would probably work.

I found this tuna cakes recipe from Kraft and thought that it would work pretty well. Not only that but the tuna cakes (which I’ve never done before) are surprisingly good. Who knew fish from a can could be so scrumptious?  The tuna cakes were easy to throw together and cook up in only a few minutes, so these will probably be a new regular thing for me.

tuna cakes with apple salsa

tuna cakes with apple salsa

I served the tuna cakes with honey mustard sauce in addition to the salsa.  The cakes are almost rich so the nice bright and spicy /sweet apple salsa was a good compliment.  I used just a little jalapeño in the salsa but it must have have been a hot one because it was pretty spicy.  If you aren’t a fan of spicy, just skip the jalapeño, the salsa will still have a nice combination of flavors.

Here’s a story about chopping jalapeño: A while back I made a similar salsa type thing with jalapeño and I didn’t wear gloves.  I made the salsa, ate dinner, cleaned up, no problems, everything’s fine; then I go to take a shower, and the hot water opened up my pores and there must have still been traces of jalapeño juice on my skin because all of a sudden my hands were burning like crazy. At the time, I thought I was having a weird allergic reaction to my shampoo or something, but then I realized what it was.  Ever since I’ve worn gloves whenever I work with jalapeño, including today.. but then later on in the day, I showered and the exact same thing happened!  I thought about it and I used gloves while chopping but then removed them to clean up and i wiped up my cutting board with a sponge then rang it out with my hands. The crazy thing is, I must have washed my hands half a dozen times between handling the jalapeño and showering, so I guess soap is no match for that stuff! Dang! I read online that if you rub olive oil on your hands for a minute then wash it off with soap and water that helps with the burn, something to do with the oil breaking down the capsaicin in the jalapeño. I tried that and it seem to actually work pretty well! Whew!

tuna cakes with apple salsa

Salsa recipe adapted from Cooking Light’s Fresh Apple Salsa

tuna cakes with apple salsa

Serves 5-6 patties
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 6 minutes
Total time 26 minutes


tuna cakes

  • 5oz chunk light tuna in water, drained
  • 3oz chicken stuffing mix
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrot
  • 3 tablespoons mayo
  • 3 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

apple salsa

  • 3/4 cups diced apple
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • salt & pepper to taste


1. Mix all of the tuna cakes ingredients (minus the olive oil) in a medium bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for about 10 mintues.
2. While the tuna mix is in the fridge, make the apple salsa by chopping ingredients then mixing them all together.
3. Take tuna mix out of the fridge and form into 5-6 small patties. Heat a pan over medium, add the olive oil. Give the oil a minute to heat up, then pan-fry patties for about 3 minutes on each side until a golden brown crust forms.


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