Baked tuna meatballs are a nutritious method to make meatballs with fish. You only need a few cans of tuna to make them, and they're great as a low-carb snack or on top of zucchini noodles for a complete meal.
Tuna meatballs are like tuna cakes in the shape of a ball. These tasty bites are made with tuna fish that has been canned, fresh veggies, and savory herbs. They have a mild taste, which is excellent for people who don't like intense flavors, but they are just as juicy, soft, and filling as regular meatballs.
Even better, how easy are they to make? Mix a few things, mold them into balls, and heat them in the oven until they are lightly brown. Since they are small enough to eat in one bite, they make a great healthy snack or a tasty addition to a salad or bed of greens.
WHO NEEDS BEEF WHEN YOU HAVE TUNA?
When it comes to meatballs, tuna is a strong competitor to beef. And since they have herbs, garlic, and spinach, the flavors are hard to avoid. To split it up, you'll need...
- Olive Oil
- Almond Flour
- Lemon Juice
- Salt and Pepper
- Fresh Parsley & Dill
HOW TO BAKE TUNA MEATBALLS
These meatballs are nutritious and low in oil because they are baked. But first, we must quickly sauté the vegetables before we begin baking. Here is how it works:
- Sauté. Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat, then quickly sauté the minced garlic and onion. The chopped spinach is next added and stirred for 1-2 minutes or until it has somewhat wilted.
- Cool the spinach. Transferring the onion-spinach mixture to a bowl and cooling it is crucial. Now, you can freeze it!
- Prep. Preheat it to 400 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven by placing a baking sheet.
- Put ingredients in. Your canned tuna should be drained in a sizable bowl before being combined with the cooled veggies, eggs, lemon juice, mayonnaise, herbs, salt, and pepper.
- Get blending. Use your hands to combine everything while breaking up big pieces of tuna. Remember that the mixture will hold together more readily the finer it is.
- The balls. Scoop the mixture with a medium-sized cookie scoop, then shape it into a ball. After that, arrange the balls on the baking sheet in a uniform layer.
- Bake. 20 to 25 minutes. Till they look lovely golden brown.
- Serve. These can be consumed immediately or allowed to cool before storage.
A FEW TIPS
Here are a few recommendations for making the perfect meatballs.
- Suppose you have too soft of balls. The moisture in your tuna (even after draining) may vary depending on the canned tuna you use. If so, add a few teaspoons of coconut or almond flour (both of which are pretty absorbent). Alternatively, cut the lemon juice back by ½ tablespoon in the future.
- On the hob cooking, you say? No issue. Add the first batch of meatballs to the pan with some oil. The meatballs should be cooked on one side for two to three minutes before being turned over to brown on the other. It should take 15 minutes or so. Once the first batch has finished cooking, remove to a dish and begin the second.
THE PERFECT MEAL PREP RECIPE
You're in luck if you enjoy food preparation on a Sunday night. These tuna meatballs keep well in the freezer for up to three months and in the refrigerator for three to four days.
Zap them in the microwave for a minute or two when you're ready to eat!
FUN WAYS TO SERVE TUNA MEATBALLS
While these are the ideal lunch or snack sizes, don't stop there. You can dress them up for a fancy dinner or serve them as appetizers. To get you going, consider these wacky suggestions.
- Serve these balls with homemade tzatziki, vegan tzatziki, or marinara sauce as an appetizer on a dish.
- Snack: Heat a few for a quick, high-protein snack to carry you over until your next meal.
- Lunch: Prepare a couple of salads and serve them with zucchini noodles or a bed of fresh greens.
- Serve these for dinner with roasted veggies like broccoli or sautéed greens like cabbage and Swiss chard.
The tuna meatballs go well with various foods, so you may eat them with vegetables, rice, spaghetti, or anything else you choose. Or simply by themselves, most likely with some sauce.
What keeps meatballs together?
Add little amount of a beaten egg. Only a tiny amount of egg is required because it only serves to bind the ingredients. For one pound of minced meat, one tiny egg is well enough. If you're on an egg-free diet, another choice is to dip fresh bread in milk and squeeze out any additional milk before using it as a binder.
Is it better to fry or bake meatballs?
Since you are scorching the outside over the broiler in your oven, baking them adds more flavor to the meatballs without adding extra oil. Be sure to bake them on a sturdy baking sheet like this one.