Grandma’s Tuna and Zucchini Patties Recipe

Celebrate a cherished family recipe with these delightful Tuna and Zucchini Patties, a dish passed down through generations. These patties are a testament to the timeless appeal of simple, wholesome ingredients combined to create flavors that evoke fond memories and gather loved ones around the table.


For the Patties:
  • 2 zucchini, grated
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 4 mushrooms, finely chopped
  • A handful of parsley, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons oatmeal
  • Salt, black pepper, and paprika to taste
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Canned tuna, drained (one standard can, about 140 grams)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
For the Topping:
  • 3 eggs
  • 30 grams of cheese, grated
For the Yogurt Sauce:
  • 250 grams of yogurt
  • Dill, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt to taste


  1. Prepare the Patty Mixture:
    • In a large bowl, combine the grated zucchini, onion, garlic, carrot, and mushrooms. Add the chopped parsley, oatmeal, salt, black pepper, and paprika, mixing well to distribute the seasonings evenly.
    • Stir in the beaten eggs and drained tuna, mixing until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  2. Form and Fry the Patties:
    • Heat a generous amount of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.
    • Shape the mixture into patties and carefully place them in the hot oil. Fry each side until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet and drain on paper towels.
  3. Cook Topped with Egg and Cheese:
    • In the same skillet, reduce the heat to low and place the fried patties back in. Crack an egg over each patty and sprinkle with grated cheese.
    • Cover with a lid and cook until the egg is set and the cheese has melted, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Prepare the Yogurt Sauce:
    • In a small bowl, mix the yogurt, chopped dill, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Stir until well combined.
  5. Serve:
    • Serve the patties warm with a dollop of the yogurt sauce on the side or drizzled over the top.


Grandma’s Tuna and Zucchini Patties bring comfort and nostalgia to every bite, making them more than just a meal; they’re a celebration of family heritage and the joy of shared recipes. These patties are perfect for gatherings where stories and favorite dishes are passed around the table. Enjoy this lovingly preserved recipe that has been delighting family members for decades. Bon appétit!