Air-fried tuna cakes and a refreshing salsa? Yum! This paleo-friendly recipe is a delicious meal to pack for work or enjoy at home. Annie Deutsch from Balanced in Healing shares her delicious and nutritious recipe for air-fried cilantro lime tuna cakes with mango avocado salsa.


I first fell in love with tuna cakes three years ago when I switched to a Paleo/real food diet. They’re the perfect little portable protein snack. Through my journey of using food as medicine to manage my Lupus & Hashimoto’s, I’ve grown to understand the importance of consuming wild-caught fish over farmed fish.

Wild-caught fish not only offers a more nutrient-dense profile but also, it’s more environmentally sustainable to consume. That’s why I love Wild Planet Foods and their mission to provide the highest quality, premium foods that are nutritious and delicious. For more about my journey, come visit me at balancedinhealing.com and follow along on Instagram!

Air Fryer Cilantro Lime Tuna Cakes with Mango Avocado Salsa

Yield: 6-7 Tuna Cakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes

Things You’ll Need:
  • Air fryer
  • 2 Mixing bowls
  • ¼ Measuring cup
  • Wooden spoon
  • Parchment paper (optional)
  • Avocado oil spray (optional)
Tuna Cakes:

  • 2 Cans of Wild Planet Foods Tuna
  • ¼ Cup green onion, minced
  • ¼ Cup almond flour
  • 1 Egg
  • ¼ Cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
Salsa:
  • ½ Cup mango, chopped
  • ½ Large avocado
  • ¼ Cup red onion
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • ¼ Cup cilantro
Tuna Cake Directions:
  • Open cans of Wild Planet Tuna and mix the juice back in with the tuna.
  • Add tuna to a medium-sized mixing bowl along with the green onion, almond flour, egg, cilantro, garlic powder, and sea salt. Use a citrus juicer to juice the lime over the ingredients.
  • Mix ingredients thoroughly.
  • Use the ¼-measuring cup to form cakes and then flatten to the desired shape.
  • Place tuna cakes on parchment paper in the air fryer or directly into the lightly oiled basket. Leave about 1 inch between the cakes so they can get nice and crispy.
  • Cook in the air fryer at 380 degrees for about 13-15 min. Flip over the cakes about halfway through.
  • When the tuna cakes are a nice golden brown, remove from the air fryer and serve with the Mango Avocado Salsa.
  • The cakes will last 3-4 days and the salsa 1-2 days.
Mango Avocado Salsa Directions:
  • Cut mango and avocado into ½ inch cubes. Finely dice red onion.
  • Combine mango, avocado, and red onion into a small bowl.
  • Use a citrus juicer to juice the lime over the ingredients, add cilantro leaves, and lightly mix together.
  • Scoop over air-fried tuna cakes and get ready for a flavor explosion!

Who else is drooling over these yummy tuna cakes? Now you’ve got the inside scoop on how to recreate them, try this recipe for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments below! 

Annie Deutsch
Written by Annie Deutsch
Annie is a woman on a mission to heal her body through the power of eating real food. She was diagnosed with Lupus over 4 years ago and recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. She has gained a wealth of knowledge about her body and how it feels its best. She's here to share her experience of living with autoimmunity and how to find balance in healing her body while living a full life.