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Tuna, panko, and fresh herbs are used to create delicious Spanish tapas-inspired bite-size croquettes with garlic aioli for dipping. Garnish with sprigs of parsley.

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30 mins
11 mins
3 hrs
3 hrs 41 mins
8 croquettes


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Garlic Aioli:


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk egg yolk, garlic, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a bowl until well-blended. Drizzle in 1 tablespoon olive oil and canola oil slowly, whisking constantly, until blended. Drizzle in remaining olive oil and canola oil, whisking constantly, until thick and smooth. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Transfer aioli to the refrigerator.

  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in flour to make a paste, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low. Stir in milk gradually until sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in tuna, parsley, chives, dill, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, lemon zest, and nutmeg. Cook and stir until mixture is the consistency of mashed potatoes, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Spread tuna mixture in a baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and cool in refrigerator, 2 to 3 hours or overnight.

  • Whisk 2 eggs in a small bowl.

  • Pour panko bread crumbs into a shallow dish.

  • Divide chilled tuna mixture into 8 equal portions; shape into cylinders or patties with lightly moistened hands. Dip cylinders into egg wash and roll in bread crumbs to coat. Arrange on a plate and chill until firm, about 1 hour.

  • Heat vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Fry croquettes in batches until golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve alongside aioli.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute regular bread crumbs for the panko bread crumbs if desired.

Substitute safflower oil for the canola oil if desired.

Editor's Notes:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

370 calories; protein 10.2g; carbohydrates 24g; fat 29.1g; cholesterol 93.9mg; sodium 248.4mg. Full Nutrition