Two pantry stapes (canned tuna and frozen corn) come together beautifully in this fun recipe that’s great as an appetizer or as a main course.Tuna-corn cakes, made with pantry staples. Click through for recipe!

No matter how empty my fridge is – no matter how badly I need to make a grocery run – I seem to always have a can of tuna on hand.

Come to think of it, there are a few food items I almost always seem to have stocked in my fridge or pantry. These are my pantry staples:

  • Eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Onions
  • Frozen corn
  • Potatoes

This particular recipe uses most of those pantry staples (tuna, eggs, breadcrumbs, onions, frozen corn). And these ingredients come together in the most perfect way.

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About The Recipe: Tuna Corn Cakes

These tuna-corn cakes are along the line of tuna melts, minus the cheese and the bread. For a more substantial meal, you could put one of these cakes on a bun with a little mayo.

Take it from me, these are super delicious. I topped them with a bit of sweet chili sauce, but I imagine some spicy sriracha mayonnaise would also be good.

They freeze well and are great for an on-the-go snack or light meal. Check out the original recipe here.

More Canned Seafood Recipes

Canned seafood is affordable and versatile. Here are some other recipes that make use of canned tuna and salmon:

Tuna-corn cakes, made with pantry staples. Click through for recipe!

Tuna Corn Cakes

Yield: 6 tuna corn cakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

I used fire-roasted corn when I made these. You could also throw in some chopped green or red pepper or hot peppers for extra spiciness.


  • Two 5-ounce cans water-packed tuna
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs or panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Garlic powder and/or cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Oil, for frying


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine tuna, onion, green onion, and corn. Mix in beaten eggs. Add breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, and optional spices and mix until combined.
  2. Take about 1/4 cup of the tuna mixture and form into balls. Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Place balls in frying pan. Press down on each ball to flatten into a patty. Fry until golden brown on one side; flip and repeat.
  3. Place cooked patties on a paper towel before serving to remove excess oil. Serve with sweet chili sauce, Sriracha mayonnaise, or another sauce of your choosing.

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