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These tuna quinoa cakes are great as part of a main meal or can be popped into the lunch box the next day. Freezer friendly. Gluten Free. Dairy Free.

Tuna Quinoa Cakes

Great as part of a main meal or for popping into the lunch box. 
Course Snack / Lunch
Cuisine Main Meal
Keyword Tuna Cakes, Tuna Quinoa Cakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 30
Calories 76kcal


  • 1 cup (170g) Quinoa I used tricolour
  • 1 cup (250ml) Vegetable Stock*
  • 1 cup (250ml) Water
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Red Capsicum (Bell Pepper) finely chopped
  • 1 cup (145g) Frozen Peas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 425g can Tuna Drained
  • 1 Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup Buckwheat Flour
  • 3/4 cup (95g) Sesame Seeds


  • Place the quinoa in a saucepan with the stock* and water. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer, covered, for approx 15 mins. Remove from heat, stir with a fork and allow to sit covered for 5 mins. 
  • Heat 1/2 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for around 3 mins, until softened. Add the garlic and the capsicum and cook for a further 3 mins. 
  • Add the quinoa to a mixing bowl. There should be no moisture in the quinoa, if so make sure you drain it really well. Add the onion and capsicum mixture and stir to combine. Add the peas, stir and allow to cool. 
  • Add the tuna (make sure the tuna is drained really well so your mixture does not become too wet) , egg, buckwheat flour and lime zest and stir until combined. Take tablespoons of the mixture and form into cakes. 
  • Place the sesame seeds on a plate and press both sides of each cake into the seeds to coat.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Cook the tuna cakes for approx 4-5 mins on each side, until golden and cooked through. 


*If serving for a baby / young toddler use home made or low salt stock to reduce sodium content. You can also replace with water. 
**This makes approx 30 cakes. I make this many as I like to use the whole can of tuna.  I freeze them fully cooked and pop them into lunch boxes. You can also freeze them before frying. Simply defrost when needed and fry before serving. 


Calories: 76kcal