These yummy, Pan Seared Tuna Patties are the perfect way to put a unique twist on the traditional tuna sandwich recipe. Just two of these tuna patties are only 4 Points, which makes it an ideal Weight Watchers lunch.

I served mine with a side of salsa, but next time, I’m going to melt some reduced fat cheddar over them for an added flavor boost.

They were super easy to make too. They come out crisp and golden on the outside, and warm and soft on the inside.

And they made a great lunch for my 20 month old…a lot less messy than tuna salad! Loaded with protein and tons of flavor, these Pan Seared Tuna Patties are delicious, healthy and a great low Points meal. Enjoy!

4.34 from 3 votes
pan seared tuna cakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
These delectable tuna patties make a great Weight Watchers lunch recipe. Pan seared until crisp and golden on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. Try topping with a slice of reduced fat cheddar cheese for an added flavor boost.
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 125 kcal
  • 2 5 oz cans chunk light tuna in water (drained)
  • 3 scallions (diced)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno (seeded and diced)
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  1. Heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet, set over medium high heat.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Using a 1/3 cup measure of tuna mixture, tuna mixture, shape into 8 patties, and place into skillet, working in batches as necessary to avoid over-crowding pan. Using fingers or a spatula, gently flatten tuna patty to about ¼” thick.
  3. Cook tuna patties until crisp and golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side.
  4. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 4 servings

Serving size is 2 tuna patties

Each serving = 2 Points*

*based only on ingredients with an SP Freestyle value 

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.4g 4%
Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 895mg 37%
Potassium 233mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 5.2g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3%
Sugars 2.2g
Protein 18.7g 37%
Calcium 4%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. How can I make these simply filling? Maybe use reduced calorie toast and make my own bread crumbs?

  2. Lili Hurst Reply

    I love this recipe. I tried it today, and it came out good. I substituted the green onion with regular onion though.

  3. Hello! These were delicious!

    I did have a problem though…. I used the 1/3 cup measure, scooped it in my hand, then formed the patties. I only got 4 patties out of it. Is the serving number different? Or have I finally gone nuts?!? ;)

  4. IrishMusicGuy Reply

    Fantastic!! Thank you! I mixed some salsa with the left over Greek yogurt to make a sauce. Lovely

  5. I have made these twice and I LOVE them! I didn’t have a lemon on hand but I did have lime and I love that the citrus flavor comes through!

  6. It says in the recipe “2 5-6oz cans chunk light tuna in water, drained”.

    • Ah, the recipe has been updated – good :-) I’ve been checking back every other day or so since I first copied the recipe (without the can size).

  7. Hesitate to make until you tell us the size can of tuna? I will probably use the pouches of tuna, but still need to know the size, please!

    • LaaLoosh Reply

      Sorry! It’s the standard 5-6oz can. I’ll correct the post now…

  8. I am a Weight Watcher & have been for five years. I am always on the lookout for easy, tasty, WW-friendly lunches, and this looks really good. One question: what size can did you use? I would guess the 3-ounce size. Thanks!

    • Can size doesn’t really matter. Each serving is one-third cup measured patty. Can I make lots and freeze for quick meals??

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