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Tuna Pops!

Fish on a Stick? Yes! Tuna Pops!

Want meatballs made from something lighter than pork or beef? Try these Tuna Pops! as a lighter, fish-based healthy meatball treat.

This recipe is provided by StarKist®.


For the tuna mixture

  • 2 (2.6 oz.) tuna, such as Tuna Creations® Hickory Smoked pouches
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons medium-grain cornmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons plus ½ cup Colby Jack cheese, finely shredded
  • Peanut oil
  • Short bamboo skewers

For the breading

  • 1/4 Cup medium-grain cornmeal
  • 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper


For the tuna mixture

Break tuna up in a medium bowl. Mix in egg, 2 Tbsp. cornmeal, 1 Tbsp. flour, and 2 Tbsp. cheese and mix together well. Mixture will be slightly “wet.”

Place remaining cornmeal, flour and cayenne pepper on a plate and mix well. On a second plate put remaining 1⁄2 cup cheese.

Make balls out of ~1-2 Tbsp. of the tuna mixture and roll in the cornmeal mixture.

Place about 1 inch of oil in a heavy-bottom sauté pan and heat over medium-high heat. Once sizzling hot, gently place tuna balls in the oil and cook for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, turning to brown all sides.

When brown, remove from hot oil carefully and roll in cheese to coat the tuna ball. When cooled enough to touch, place a skewer in one end of the ball (don’t go all the way through) and arrange on a plate or dish.

For the breading