Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham 
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
Makes 8 servings

A tangy avocado-buttermilk sauce gives these simple croquettes fresh appeal. Serve them with lettuce or on soft hamburger buns.

How to Make It

Step 1

Grate zest from lime to equal 2 tsp. Cut lime in half; squeeze juice from lime to equal 5 tsp.

Step 2

Process 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup cilantro, next 3 ingredients, 1 Tbsp. water, and 3 tsp. lime juice in a food processor until smooth.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together tuna, next 2 ingredients, lime zest, and remaining 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup cilantro, and 2 tsp. lime juice. Gently stir in 2/3 cup panko. Shape mixture into 8 (2-inch-wide) patties. Dredge in remaining panko.

Step 4

Melt butter in a large nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium heat; add patties to skillet, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer to oven.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Serve over lettuce with avocado mixture and lime wedges.

Step 6

Note: We tested with Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore in Water.

Ratings & Reviews

CW1979's Review

July 13, 2014
This were very yummy and the avocado-buttermilk sauce made it even better. I did bake the croquettes for an extra 10 minutes as they didn't seem to get brown enough. They were fine, but we like things a little crispier.

Tebea2's Review

May 26, 2014
I made these as the recipe indicates but left out cilantro & onions because of allergies. They were excellent. My husband loved them saying they were even better than my salmon croquettes - which he also loves.

lacostena's Review

April 06, 2014
Made them last Friday. They were Great !. I will probably use a little less lemon zest next time, but don't leave it out, it gives them a special flavor. Made 4 patties instead of 8. I didn't have the ingredients for the sauce so I used guacamole ranch dressing that I have in the fridge and it was very good, but next time I will try the sauce with cilantro, it sounds delicious...I will make them again and again. Everyone loved them. I gave it 4 stars because you can have this as a nice appetizer if you make them smaller. Cant tell it is tuna from a can!!