Gluten Free Poor Man’s Krabby Patty

Gluten Free Poor Man’s Krabby Patty is a wonderful way to enjoy tuna, ever had a crab cake? While this isn’t made of crab it is wonderfully savory and light and makes a wonderful tuna patty. This would go well in a sandwich, or even served alone just like it is. If you like gluten-free alternatives, this is the perfect tuna patty for you.

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Love Crab Cakes? The Krabby patty is the budget option to the luxury flavor of the crab cake. You can make delicious tuna patties quickly. It’s easy how to make a Krabby patty! These fish patties are made with lots of fresh ingredients.

ingredients for a krabby patty

Secret to delicious krabby patties!

Flake the tuna very well, then season it with salt, pepper, and dill. I like to flake the tuna with the spices and herbs to the flavor really mixes in very well.

mixing in spices and herbs to the krabby patty

After the seasonings like I to add the fresh vegetables and the moist ingredients. I combine everything together, making sure to flake the tuna very well. This way I know the ingredients are distributed very well. Then I mix in the gluten-free breadcrumbs.

mixing wet ingredients into the krabby patties

After the breadcrumbs are added to the tuna, you can form the tuna into as many patties as you desire. You could shape them into anywhere from 4 to 6 patties. I like shaping them into smaller patties so they cook more quickly.

uncooked tuna patties on a plate

Next, I cook the tuna patties. I drizzle some olive oil into a cast-iron skillet and cook these for a few minutes on each side, and you will soon have some delicious tuna patties.

two tuna patties on a plate made with fresh onions, peppers, celery, and more.

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Gluten Free Poor Man's Krabby Patty

You can make a gluten-free Krabby Patty for dinner. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 206kcal


  • 6 ounces tuna I prefer albacore
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup seasoned Gluten Free 'bread' crumbs, or your favorite GF cereal like Chex, crushed
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup minced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise Hellman's is gluten free
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce, optional
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce Lea & Perrins is gluten free), optional


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  • Combine tuna, egg, bread crumbs, onion, celery, red bell pepper, mayonnaise, hot chili sauce, chili sauce, dill, salt, pepper, hot pepper sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well. 
  • Shape into 4 patties (mixture will be very soft and delicate). Refrigerate for 30 minutes to make the patties easier to handle, if desired can be made up a day or two in advance. 
  • Coat a cast iron skillet with cooking spray, oil or butter(just enough to coat not shallow frying); fry tuna patties for about 3 to 4 minutes per side. These are fragile, so be careful when turning them. Then I pop them into the oven for 5-10 minutes. Using a cast iron skillet makes it even easier. Serve plain or on gluten-free buns.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 14.1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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  1. Dawn

    Wow, these were delicious! I used crumbled gf corn muffins I had made the day before with a shake or three of a homemade season salt I use in everything. The only chili sauce I have is a sweet Thai chili, and I used Siracha sauce for the hit sauce. Served with a copycat Bang Bang sauce (from the Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp) and it was fantastic! I just might have this for breakfast tomorrow, too!

  2. Hound1973

    5 stars
    Made this tonight with my own twist and came out great. I doubled the recipe and also added cyan pepper, jalapeno peppers, garlic, Italian season, minced garlic, liquid smoke, Korean sweet chili sauce, Korean red pepper paste. Not sure exactly how much of everything I added, but just enough to add a nice spicy kick. This is now an very nice spicy, very healthy main dish. Thanks a lot for the baseline recipe.

  3. Louiselah

    I made these.. They were very tasty.. and I am not a fish eating person.. I rarely make tuna casserole… I made a triple batch since there were 7 eating and the recipe went great.. I did not refrigerate them at all ahead of time.. I did make sure my electric skillet was hot and oiled.. and after the browning times just put the lid on it for 5 more minutes.. Very Good! 1 of my kids loved it.. One of the boys ate it liked it no big deal and made no other comments. 2 others would not eat it.. It was just too different than my usual fare for them. I also sprinkled lemon juice on mine.. even better!

    Thank You!

    • Anonymous

      I was surprised at how tasty these were. I grew up catholic so I had a lot of fish on Fridays during Lent. These were far better than anything I had as a child. I served these at a tasting dinner, and for everyone there, this dish ranked either number one or number two. Next time I will double up this recipe so I can have them later.

  4. ConfessionsMom

    I have so much tuna in my cupboard. I was just thinking of making a tuna casserole, but I may make these as a fun side dish to go with and use up a few cans. While we can have gluten, I love the simple Chex cereal idea. Thanks for sharing

  5. ConfessionsMom

    I have so much tuna in my cupboard. I was just thinking of making a tuna casserole, but I may make these as a fun side dish to go with and use up a few cans. While we can have gluten, I love the simple Chex cereal idea. Thanks for sharing

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