#CookedInTranslation: tunaloaf

Every month a group of food bloggers gets together at cooked in translation to make a fusion version of a popular dish. The idea is for participating bloggers to interpret the recipe according to their cultural heritage. This month’s host Soni proposed to work with fish cakes. If you want to participate join us on Facebook and/or link up your favorite fish cake recipe. We are anxious to see what you have for us!

Now, when given this task, I immediately thought about making some kind of fish polpette (fishballs). I was thinking of doing ricotta and tuna balls, but I wasn’t convinced and so I started thinking about tunaloaf.  Tunaloaf is a dish my mom used to make for us as kids. It is a simple mix of canned tuna and mashed potatoes and is usually shaped into a loaf.

For cooked in translations, I decided to make it into tuna cakes by simply shaping the mixture in a patty. For full disclosure, this patties (or the meatloaf for what matter) tend to be a bit on the dry side, especially if you do not use good tuna. So choose your tuna well and serve with mayo!

Now is up to you! Get to the end of the post and link up your version of a fish cake!




  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cans tuna
  • 3 tbsp capers
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 3 anchovy fillets


  1. Boil the potatoes until they are fork tender.
  2. Mash the potatoes and let them cool down.
  3. Blend 1 can drained tuna with the parsley, capers and the anchovies.
  4. Mix the mashed potatoes with the blended tuna, the eggs and the other tuna roughly broken.
  5. Form into patties and place on an oven dish covered with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes in a 400F turning the patties half way through cooking.
  7. Serve with mayo

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9 Responses to #CookedInTranslation: tunaloaf

  1. Daniela says:

    Ottima idea le tue polpette di tonno, sono belle e molto invitanti. buon pomeriggio Daniela.

  2. Chiara says:

    hanno un aspetto delizioso questa polpette di pesce, ho voglia di provare a farle anche io ! Buona giornata Pola !

  3. Ramona says:

    These tuna loafs look amazing. Potatoes and tuna work really well together. 🙂

  4. alida says:

    Mmm… buoni questi con il tonno. Molto invitanti!

  5. LinsFood says:

    I love that you’ve got so few ingredients here to come up with a wonderful dish! Anchovies and capers – yum!

  6. Hi sweetheart!
    Italian-ized fish cakes…brilliant!! I don’t know how I would Macedonianize these 🙂 Something to think about. 🙂

  7. Stacy says:

    I can taste the salty capers and anchovies now! I am sure they added just the right zip of flavor to put these baby tuna loaves over the top. Bet your mom would be proud.

  8. Soni says:

    Love these beauties and the addition of anchovies looks like a great idea!Thanks for sharing 🙂

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