Recipe For Tuna And Bell Pepper Croquettes Without Bechamel Sauce

Why are these tuna and bell pepper croquettes without bechamel sauce interesting? bechamel sauce is a combination of milk, flour and butter and in traditional cuisine, a basic ingredient in croquettes. Adding it to the mix, the croquettes are golden on the outside and creamy on the inside. Without béchamel and with a little imagination the same result can be achieved, as we will show you here.

This recipe is ideal for those who prefer lighter and more nutritious meals or do not like to mix milk with other foods of animal origin. Using gluten-free batter instead of breadcrumbs the preparation is completely suitable for coeliacs.


  • 2 cans of drained natural tuna
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 2 chives
  • 2 teaspoons of mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • Olive oil for frying


  1. Beat the eggs.
  2. Finely chop or process celery, bell pepper, spring onion, and ¼ cup breadcrumbs.
  3. Mix and season with mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  4. Add the drained tuna.
  5. Mix very well or process until ingredients are united.
  6. Place portions of the mixture on a tray lined with kitchen paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. To fry the croquettes, heat the oil in the pan (the oil layer must cover the base of the pan).
  8. While heating the oil sprinkle the remaining breadcrumbs over the mix portions.
  9. Place them one at a time with a spatula, in the pan and do not move them for 3-4 minutes.
  10. Carefully turn the croquettes to brown on both sides.
  11. Remove the croquettes from the pan, place on absorbent paper, let cool at room temperature and serve.

The tuna and bell pepper croquettes without béchamel sauce are very versatile. They just need a little more care in the preparation, as this sauce lacks it serves to unite the ingredients and give creaminess to the interior. In larger portions they can be served as a light lunch or to take away if you must eat away from home. Frying smaller portions you get an original appetizer, ideal to accompany a fresh beer or a glass of white wine. Accompany them in small containers with different types of dipping sauces, such as mayonnaise, tartar sauce, hot sauce, or whichever you like the most.

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