Low-Carb Tuna and Mackerel Cakes


These are so delicious if you're doing a low-carb diet and just want something flavorful and a little crispy. These can be eaten as an appetizer or a main dish with some sauteed veggies and a salad. Serve with tartar sauce or any sauce that complements fish.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (15 ounce) can mackerel in brine, drained

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 (5 ounce) can tuna packed in water, drained

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 egg, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 teaspoons salt-free seasoning blend (such as Mrs. Dash®)

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil

  • 1 (3.5 ounce) bag pork rinds, crushed

  • butter-flavored cooking spray


  1. Mix mackerel, onion, tuna, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, eggs, Dijon mustard, seasoning blend, paprika, and basil together in a bowl. Add pork rind crumbs, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, until mixture holds together. Form mixture into balls and flatten into 1/2-inch-thick cakes.

  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and grease with cooking spray. Arrange cakes in the hot skillet and spray each cake with cooking spray.

  3. Cook cakes, working in batches if needed, in the hot skillet until browned, 3 to 5 minutes; gently flatten cakes with the back of a fork. Flip cakes and cook until other side is browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer cakes to a paper towel-lined plate.

Cook's Note:

You can use any seasoning that you have on hand and increase or decrease the amounts to suit your tastes.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the pork rinds. The actual amount of pork rinds used will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

242 Calories
14g Fat
2g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 242
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 593mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 154mg 12%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 195mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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