Shrimp and Tuna Cakes with Avocado Sauce

by Erica Dinho on March 18, 2010

Torticas de atun y camarones

If you are looking for a quick and simple appetizer that doesn’t look like it was quick and simple, try these delicious shrimp and tuna cakes with avocado sauce on the side.

This is a restaurant quality appetizer that you can make at home really easy with just a few simple ingredients or just serve them as a main dish with a green salad on the side.

Buen provecho!



(8 to 10 cakes)

  • 2 (5oz) cans of tuna
  • 8 cooked shrimp, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Avocado sauce
  • 1 avocado
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup mayonaisse
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 scallion
  • 1/2 garlic clove


In a medium bowl, place the tuna, shrimp, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, lime juice, bread crumbs, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and mix well. Add the beaten eggs and mix to combine.

Form the mixture into round cakes. In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, fry the cakes in the oil, turning once, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side.

To make the avocado Sauce:

Place all the ingredients in a blender a blend until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl. Season to taste.

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa March 18, 2010 at 9:56 AM

The only thing I do not have is the tuna. I will buy that tomorrow and make these for dinner. I can taste them already. :-)


2 Sarah Naveen March 18, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Awesome!!! i cant wait to try this..yummy yumm


3 Sophie March 18, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Georgous shrimp & tuna cakes, Erica!!

That avocado sauce looks delightful too!


4 COZY KITCHEN BY THE SEA March 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM



5 5 Star Foodie March 18, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Great idea! I will make these cakes very soon, my daughter would love them!


6 Erica March 18, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Thank you guys :)


7 Barbara March 18, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Those look so brown, crunchy and delicious, Erica! And the avocado sauce is just perfect! And maybe a squeeze of lemon or lime before dipping!


8 Cynthia March 18, 2010 at 1:59 PM

You know, I have some canned tuna that I want to use up and this is a perfect way to do so. Thanks Erica!


9 rebecca subbiah March 18, 2010 at 3:28 PM

oh wow 2 of my fav things together be sure to choose a coffee from the site and enter the giveaway lol


10 Oysterculture March 18, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Love the tuna and ship duo – I bet these are tasty – based on all the recipes you provided this week, I see an entire menu planned that I just have to take advantage of.


11 Sandra G March 18, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Two of my favorite things to eat, shrimp and avocado, delicioso!


12 Simply Life March 18, 2010 at 5:11 PM

YUM! Shrimp AND Tuna…perfect!


13 Carla March 18, 2010 at 5:20 PM

I have made one or the other alone, however never thought to mix them together. Looks great. A must try!


14 ruth March 18, 2010 at 5:51 PM

You’re killing me with this recipe! they look incredible and the shrimps just sticking out, wow!! Thank goodness I can get the ingredients for it. I have to have them!!


15 Erica March 18, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Thank you everyone!


16 Lyndsey March 18, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Oh, now your talking. This is my way of cooking! I love quick and simple that tastes like you worked hard and spent a lot of time on. I am bookmarking this recipe to make for sure! Thanks!


17 momgateway March 19, 2010 at 12:04 AM

This is a recipe I can’t wait to try except that I can’t use shrimps as I’m allergic to them but I’ll definitely use tuna!


18 Ivy March 19, 2010 at 1:11 AM

Two of my favourite ingredients and they look simple enough to make. Definitely something to try.


19 Anna March 19, 2010 at 2:49 AM

Ai, ai, Erica, this looks so good, and simple to make. I’m already thinking if I have cans of tuna in my pantry. :-D


20 Joanne March 19, 2010 at 7:08 AM

What an awesome appetizer! I’m loving the avocado sauce…never too much of that in my life!


21 Melanie March 19, 2010 at 9:20 AM

These shrimp and tuna cakes look great–love the avocado sauce–I might also try a tartar type sauce with mayo too. Have a great weekend Erica.


22 Erica March 19, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Thank you all for the wonderful comments!


23 Norma March 19, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Great combination


24 grace March 19, 2010 at 5:48 PM

although seafood isn’t my thing, i must admit that your cakes look tasty. the sauce, however, belongs in my mouth and soon!


25 tasteofbeirut March 19, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Wonderful recipe and appetizer! I will make these as I think the shrimp is what will bring it to a delicious level (the tuna ends up being ho-hum) Thanks!


26 Teanna March 22, 2010 at 7:43 PM

These look phenomenal!!! I’m bookmarking this right now!


27 Anonymous March 25, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Extremely flavorful and very easy to make with a few simple to find ingredients.


28 Adriana March 26, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Made them last night, the cakes and the avocado sauce. It was a success!!! My husband even told me that this should be part of our “menu” next time we have people over :-)


29 Anonymous March 27, 2010 at 10:44 AM

We made these yesterday and everyone loved them! This is a delicious party recipe.I followed all the directions and they were perfect.


30 Sandra E July 30, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Jesus Christ I’m really starting to get hungry here… it’s the avocado :)


31 Kerry M December 17, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Just found your blog today looking for Mondongo recipes, and have been combing through for hours now. I’d like to try these, but may substitute tuna with crabmeat. Keep up the great work!


32 Ngoc August 3, 2013 at 6:28 PM


Just finished eating these patties for dinner and they were amazing! I didn’t have breadcrumb so we substituted with crushed Cheez-it’s. Delicious! Great job!


33 Anonymous January 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM

cheese it’s…..that cracked me up, I really hope they were good, cuz I just may try that! :=)


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