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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tuna Bites

Yield: 10 Bites/Balls

These crispy tuna bites melt in your mouth, and have just the right spice in them. The combination of crackers and sesame seeds in the coating provides a perfectly crisp shell and a tasty moist tuna bite! Try the same coating on square cut chunks of any fish!

  • 2 cans tuna in water, drained completely
  • 2 eggs
  • ½  cup buttermilk (milk will work too)
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup saltine crackers crumbled to fine crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying

  1. Mix drained tuna, dried onions, and 1 egg. The tuna mixture will be kind of soft and sticky but don’t add crumbs or flour to it!
  2. In a different bowl, mix buttermilk and the second egg well.
  3. Using a plate for dredging, combine flour, cornstarch, cracker crumbs, sesame seeds and Cajun spice. Combine thoroughly.
  4. Taking small amounts, enough to make a 1 inch ball, roll tuna mixture as tightly as you can into a ball with your hands.
  5. Dredge tuna balls into flour, then egg and buttermilk mixture, then back into flour mixture.
  6. Place 1 ball at a time slowly into hot oil until the coating begins to crisp before you completely let go (I put 2 at a time on my metal slotted spoon and held them in the oil until just crisp, then I let go.)
  7. Try not to crowd them in the fryer.
  8. Deep fry tuna bites until the coating is browned and crunchy. Drain on paper towels, and serve hot!


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