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Crispy Tuna Veggie Sliders

Hi, friends! You all are in for a treat today. I know many of us are getting SNOW right now, so please be safe. Not only is it Friday, but I also have a super easy, nutritious and delicious recipe to share with you!

I’m really into energy/oat/protein balls right now. They’re perfectly portable, tasty, and nutrient-dense, depending on what you add to them. You can pretty much add anything you want to them. As I was popping one after another into my mouth, I had an epiphany that why not make these with some sort of real food protein, so they’re like meatballs.

How Do You Like Your Tuna?

I have tonss of canned tuna, and while I love a good tuna fish sandwich, I’m often hesitant to just eat tuna straight up. I’ll usually throw it in some pasta or something, or add it to quinoa/rice, but why not make some little cutesie tuna meatballs to throw atop salads, or mix in with veggie dishes? Or, better yet, throw them over some ZOODLES.

I still need to make zoodles, but I don’t have a spiralizer, so that makes things tough. I have lots of recipes pinned for when I get one. (Update: I bought this one and totally worth the $8.00!)

Back to the tuna meatballs. They take only about 20 minutes, from start to finish. Once you have your ingredients chopped, you simply roll them into balls and cook them on the stove over medium-high heat, for about 5 minutes on each side.

They have a pleasant little crunch as I opted for a nutritious almond meal over breadcrumbs. Almond meal has protein and healthy fat, and we know I’m all about the fats, bout the fats, no secrets.

They also have some tasty little bulk from the veggies I snuck in there. These guys will be your best friends!

Tuna Sliders, Mini Sliders

Tuna Sliders, Mini Sliders


They are actually really filling too. Aside from the 20 grams of protein in a can of tuna, you get an additional 10 grams of protein from the almond meal itself, plus it’s a great source of fiber, which many of us don’t get enough of.

I ate mine with some tomato sauce (favoriteee) alongside a sweet potato with butter and cinnamon, and some greens for a perfectly complete, balanced meal that was gone in approx. 3.5 seconds. Next up is to make this in bulk for meal prep, or to freeze for later. Dare I say these may be some perfect appetizers for the football games? Well…I said it!


Tuna Sliders, Mini Sliders

tuna sliders

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! Linking up for Foodie Friday!

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  1. Hi why is there no link to crispy veggie slider recipe? Sounds good but can’t find the recipe 🤷‍♀️
    Thank you Debbie

    1. Hi Laura! In this case, yes I think you could substitute! Almond flour may be a little lighter or fluffier, in which case you could add a tsp of breadcrumbs or even oats (GF oats if you are GF) to thicken it up a tad!

      1. Thanks so much, Sarah! Since you responded so quickly to my inquiry, I have made these THREE times!! My (picky) boyfriend really liked them! I’m so happy to have this recipe. And I just love your blog. You’re truly an inspiration!

          1. Hi Sarah, I’m looking back to find this recipe to make again, and for some reason, the recipe is not coming up even though the rest of the post is. Was it deleted or maybe something is wrong with my browser?

        1. Hi Laura – I honestly don’t know what happened to the recipe. I’m seeing what you’re seeing. It must have gotten “lost” when I switched recipe plugins. I’m doing some digging to see if I can find it and will let you know.

  2. Ahhh, these look so delicious! I don’t have almond meal but I’m thinking I could probably pulse up some oats as a substitute in a pinch, right?

  3. Oh my gosh! YUM! These look so good! I just pinned the recipe! I have TJs almond meal in my cupboard and I’ve been meaning to use it! Also, these look perfect with a sweet potato!! YUM! Great combo! 🙂

  4. No snow in San Diego, but I am going skiing in a week! I’m trying to learn snow boarding too… we’ll see how that goes.

    Love this meatball idea. I may have to try it with the chicken I have in the fridge tonight.

  5. Ah! I just pinned a salmon cake recipe, and now I’m pinning these! Trying to get more fish in my diet and was looking at ways I could do so. These look perfect! Tuna is such a good source of protein AND so cheap.

  6. I never thought little tuna meatballs could look so good !! But yes, this looks amazing and so crispy! I love how this uses almond mead, so different from the usual bread crumbs!

  7. So simple and delicious! I love me some tuna. It is such a great way to eat fish for cheap! I’ve made tuna patties, but haven’t made tuna meatballs before. Adding it to my list!