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Spanish Tuna Croquettes Recipe (Croquetas de Atun)

Croquettes are one of the most popular appetizers in Spain. Check out our Spanish tuna croquettes recipe to learn how to prepare croquetas de atún.

Croquettes is one appetizer that you can find on the menu of almost every tapas bar in Spain.

It is a classic that you can actually prepare with almost any ingredient. So, instead of tuna, you could choose cheese, fish, ham, or any vegetable.

Tips to prepare Tuna Croquettes

1. Let the mixture rest in the fridge for at least four hours (better overnight) as otherwise, it will be more difficult to form the croquettes.

2. You can swap out tuna with almost any other ingredient, like, for example, ham, cheese, chicken, or spinach.

3. Don’t fry the croquettes for too long as they will get very hard.

4. Drain the croquettes de atún on paper towels.

How to prepare Spanish Tuna Croquettes

1. Add extra virgin olive oil and salted butter to a large skillet and heat up until the butter is melted.

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2. Finely dice a medium-sized white or yellow onion and add. Stir frequently until the onions start coloring.

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3. Add five tablespoons of flour and frequently stir until the mixture has a golden color.

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4. Add one and a half cups of whole milk and stir until there are no lumps left.

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5. Add the tuna, pepper, nutmeg, and sea salt.

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6. Mix everything well until the mixture becomes really thick.

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7. Pour the dough into a large bowl and let it cool down to room temperature. Afterward, cover the bowl with plastic wrap directly on the dough and store it in the fridge for at least four hours, or even better, overnight!

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8. Once the croquette dough is cold, start forming the croquettes and cover them one by one in flour, then eggs, and then bread crumbs.

9. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a skillet and start frying the croquettes. Don’t forget to turn them around so that they get evenly brown on all sides. That should take around five minutes.

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10. Remove the croquettes from the pan and drain them on paper towels.

Tip: Serve your croquetas de atún with homemade Aioli!

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More Spanish Tapas Recipes

If you like Spanish Tapas, you should also have a look at these easy recipes:

1. Ensalada Russa (Spanish Potato Salad) – Ensalada Rusa is popular in many countries and is also well-known as Russian Potato Salad or Oliver Salad.

2. Delicious berenjenas fritas con Miel (Spanish crispy fried eggplant with honey) – The honey gives the dish a sweet taste and makes it a great starter or tapas.

3. Chorizo al vino Tinto (Chorizo in Red Wine Sauce) – Spain is famous for its chorizos, so it is no wonder that there are many different recipes on how to prepare chorizo.

4. Tinto de Verano (Spanish Summer Wine) – The translation (Spanish Summer Wine) best encapsulates this Spanish drink: a thirst-quenching alcoholic beverage perfect for drinking on a hot summer day.

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Yield: 4

Spanish Tuna Croquettes Recipe (Croquetas de Atun)

Spanish Tuna Croquettes Recipe Croquetas de Atun 2
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2.1 ounces or 60 grams salted butter
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion (finely diced)
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 7 oz or 190 grams canned tuna in oil
  • 1/4 tsp fine ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • Breadcrumps & flour
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

    1. Heat up extra virgin olive oil and salted butter in a large skillet.
    2. Once the butter is melted, add a finely diced, medium sized white or yellow onion. Stir frequently until the onions start coloring.
    3. Add five tablespoons of flour and stir frequently until the mixture has a golden color.
    4. Add one and a half cups of whole milk and stir to work out the lumps
    5. Add tuna, pepper, nutmeg and sea salt.
    6. Mix everything well until the mixture becomes really thick.
    7. Pour the dough into a large bowl and let it cool down to room temperature. Afterward, cover the bowl with plastic wrap directly on the dough and store it in the fridge for at least four hours, or even better overnight!
    8. Once the croquette dough is cold start forming the croquettes and cover them one by one in flour, then eggs, and then bread crumbs.
    9. Heat up extra virgin olive oil in a skillet and start frying the croquettes. Don’t forget to turn them around so that they get evenly brown on all sides. That should take around five minutes.
    10. Remove the croquettes from the pan and drain them on paper towels.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 474Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 655mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 24g

The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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