I have really been into the po’boy sandwich ever since I discovered them not too long ago. One of the things that I like about po’boy sandwich is that there are a lot of different ways of making them and my favourite up until now has been the spicy shrimp po’boy with remoulade sauce. I recently came across a new interpretation of the sandwich in the form of a fried tuna ball po’boy on Eatin’ on the Cheap and I just had to try it! In essence this is just a simple tuna salad that is formed into a ball, fried until nice and golden brown and crispy and then thrown into a sandwich along with a tasty remoulade sauce. It is hard to go wrong with deep frying and these tuna balls are addictively good with their crispy outsides and their soft, warm and tasty insides. I finished the sandwiches off with some crisp and tangy homemade pickled green tomatoes . I now have a new favourite po’boy sandwich and I am already looking forward to making them again sometime soon!
Fried Tuna Ball Po Boy
Tasty tuna balls fried until golden brown and crispy served in a po boy with tangy remoulade sauce and tangy pickled green tomatoes.
- 2 cans tuna, drained
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon creole seasoning
- oil for frying
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 baguette, sliced in half both ways to form two sandwiches
- 1/2 cup lettuce, sliced
- 1/2 cup pickled green tomatoes or tomatoes, sliced
- 1/2 cup remoulade sauce
- Mix the tuna, green onions, egg, mayonnaise, worcestershire sauce, mustard, and cajun seasoning along with enough bread crumbs that the mixture holds together well.
- Heat 1/2 inch on oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Form the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls and roll them in the bread crumbs to coat.
- Fry the tuna balls in oil until golden brown on all sides and set aside on paper towels to drain.
- Assemble sandwich and enjoy.
sweet heavens kevin! you kill me each and every time with your creations. gooood lord.
So happy you tried it liked it!!! Thanks!!
Natalie @ Perrys' Plate says
Fried tuna?! Brilliant, man. I love this!
I've been looking for a sandwich that uses tuna in a non-tuna salady form! Yum this looks great!
This sounds like a wonderful twist on a favorite dish! Yum!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
OMG, that Po Boy looks extremely scrummy!
Mmm looks fabulous!
jose manuel says
Simplemente fantastico. Saludos
SO glad you posted this! I really want to try a po boy but I don't like shrimp! This is ideal.
Looks awesome! Where did you buy your tuna? Can or fresh?
Chef Paul says
This sounds really good….
…but i don't like canned tuna. I think i'll make it for lunch using salmon.
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I don't even like tuna, but hey, I'll eat anything deep fried! 😀
Looks delicious! I just love your pictures. Do you use a light box or natural light? What are your tips for taking great photos?
The Guerilla Griller says
What a great idea: I can almost taste it, and I haven't tried it yet. I bet these tuna balls would also be great with pasta.
po boys are the new hamburger in my book! I have been making them like crazy as well, this one looks awesome! anne
Kelly @ Evil Shenanigans says
What a great idea!
homegrown countrygirl says
Fantastic! I'm loving it! You rarely see recipes using pickled green tomatoes! Nice touch! And thanks, JodieMo for thinking of this fine sandwich in the first place!
Laura Jeanne says
wow what a great way to have tuna. I am making tuna tonight but I was derailed when I saw your recipe… they lok so crunchy and delicious.
thanks for sharing 🙂
Such a great use for tuna and a wonderful re-interpretation of the po boy. Love it!
Jess @ Bakericious says
this looks delicious!
Its What I Do says
reading your blog always cause a reaction….one that centers around how much I miss having a kitchen! I will definitely be making this dish. Gotta love a good po' boy!
Rachel: Unfortunately I get absolutely no good natural lighting in my place. I am using a single flash, a Canon 580 EXII, mounted on a stand with a white umbrella. I have been wanting to try a light box and a soft box for a while, but I need to save up a bit. 🙂 I have also used desktop lamps like the Lowel Ego to good effect.
Anonymous: Although I generally prefer fresh tuna, it is rather expensive so I only use it when I really want to experience the flavour and texture of the tuna. For recipes like this one where there are a lot of competing flavours and textures I often try to save a buck by using canned, though fresh would also be great. To use fresh tuna in this recipe you would either have to cut it into small pieces of throw it into the food processor.
Sixpence and A Blue Moon says
oh.my.gosh…i made this tonight,it is my favorite new sandwich. the sauce is soooo awesome, could almost eat it with a spoon it is so yummy! i'm making them again tomorrow. can't wait. thanks for posting this delicious recipe. it's a keeper!
This looks so good! I've book marked it to try next week. Do you think these would be okay room temperature? Like, could I make them and pack it for lunch?
erisgrrrl: They should be ok, though they would definitely be much better if you at them right away, while still nice and warm and perfectly crispy. 🙂
just made a mediocre sandwich from this recipe and it was the best ive tasted.
I made these sandwiches tonight and they were so good. Thanks!
Can i use Chicken instead of tuna? 🙂
Anonymous: Shredded chicken will work!
Just found this recipe thanks to one of your sandwich lists. I'm pretty excited to give it a try!
Just yesterday I found your blog, and today I made this recipe! Very tasty, but since I only had burger buns at the house and not baguettes, I made patties instead of balls, used a little bit of Pam on a teflon pan (a lot less oil), and voila! tuna burgers!
Thanks for this delicious recipe!
Mm, I just made these tuna balls and they're so tasty. I didn't have green onions, so I just used a few tablespoons (or so) of finely chopped cooking onions, and I used my homemade chili powder (very similar to your creole spice blend) since I didn't have the creole blend, nor the time to whip it together.
Thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to try it as a sandwich.
Kevin you are a blessing!! I'm thinking that bite-sizw balls would make a unique appetizer. I might also try making pstties and serving them with the sauce and no bread.
MrsDiGiacomo: Glad you liked them! They are definitely one of my favourites!
Anonymous: These would definitely work in patty form and you could easily bake then as well if you prefer.
Another way to enjoy canned tuna is to make a tuna melt, just dice some onion, a little liquid egg, salt, pepper, panko bread crumbs or crackers, bell pepper, whatever trips your taste buds, fold together and form it into a patty and spray a pan with oil and brown on both sides, toward the end lay a slice of your favorite cheese on it and let it melt.Transfer to two slices of bread, plain or toasted, this way is slightly healthier because you don't use as much oil. Bon Appetit! L.D.