Join! 12 weeks for $1

Pan-Fried Tuna Cakes with Yogurt-Caper Sauce

4 Servings
Made This Recipe? Write a Review.
Thank you for submitting your review! A member of our team is confirming the review meets our site's Community Guidelines. It will be posted on the site shortly.

This recipe was inspired by Israeli seasoned fish cakes known as ktzitzot dagim. Traditional versions usually are prepared with fresh fish and might be fried, baked or cooked directly in a sauce. We’ve opted for canned tuna, making this an easy recipe for weeknight dinners. We use yogurt two ways: to add tanginess to the fish cakes and as a creamy dipping sauce served alongside. Choose good-quality, water-packed tuna, as its flavor is purer and lighter than the oil-packed variety. Be sure to drain the tuna, then give it a light squeeze before adding it to the mixture; this prevents the patties from becoming soggy.


  • ¾

    cup plain whole-milk yogurt, divided

  • 2

    tablespoons drained capers, chopped


Pardon the interruption

You need to be a Milk Street Digital Member to see the full recipe


and get access to all of our recipes and articles online, as well as in print.

How we use your email.

Your email address is required to identify your subscription. We will use it for customer service as well as other communications from Milk Street. We will not share, or rent your email address.

Catherine S.
January 18, 2023
who would think so good? Air fry
For health reasons, no oil, non fat yogurt (I know it would be better with full fat but I can't) I steamed the shallots in the microwave. Did half the recipe for 2 of us. I made 2 patties and put in air fryer with just a tiny spray of olive oil 400 x 12-15 min. They were terrific. And the sauce was perfect with the patty-and I don't usually like capers. The recipe changes the tuna fish to tuna savory.