Gluten-Free (Paleo) Tuna Balls With Garlic Zoodles


Looking for a tasty, healthy, and light lunch? This Gluten-Free (Paleo) Tuna Balls With Garlic Zoodles recipe is for you! Thanks to Bumble Bee Seafoods for sponsoring this recipe.

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As a whole person, I want and need nutritious meals. As a weight lifter, I need lots of protein.

And As a mom, I need all those things to come together pretty quickly. I need easy recipes.

I’m happy to say that these tuna balls took about five minutes to get in the oven, and the zucchini noodles took less than the tuna’s ten-minute bake time to get ready.

Image shows a plate of zucchini noodles with tuna balls and a fork

This whole Gluten-Free (Paleo) Tuna Balls With Garlic Zoodles recipe came together in 15 minutes. I call that a win!

The whole family loved these tuna balls – even if the kids did dip theirs in spaghetti sauce and leave the zoodles on their plates. (Apparently, zucchini is the single most detest vegetable in their lives.)

Photo shows a plate of zoodles with tuna balls on top

Here are a few fun facts about these tuna balls:

  • I used Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore Tuna. Completely aside from it being wild-caught, and Non GMO Project Verified (which is awesome!), I love the light taste of albacore tuna, which makes it a great addition to almost any recipe, adding a variety of nutrients including lean protein, healthy fat, and important vitamins and minerals (see bumblebee.com for full nutritional facts).
  • If eggs aren’t your thing, try 3 Tablespoons of yogurt (dairy, or non-dairy) instead.
  • I use a paleo flour mix in my recipe, but you can replace it with 100% almond flour with no problem, which is the perfect flavor companion to albacore tuna!
  • The leftover tuna balls are delicious cold! Which means they make great pre-ahead meals, and packed lunches.

Image shows a plate of zucchini noodles with tuna balls and a spoon placing red sauce on top

Give this tasty recipe a try below!


Gluten-Free (Paleo) Tuna Balls With Garlic Zoodles

This delicious dish is healthy and easy. Clean eating never tasted so good.

  • Author: Elise



For the Tuna Balls:

  • 2 cans Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore Tuna
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons paleo flour blend or almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped chives or parsley
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1/4 cup paleo flour for coating

For the Zoodles: 

  • 2 Zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon or 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste


For Tuna Balls:

  1. Preheat oven to 425º
  2. Drain tuna and place in a mixing bowl
  3. Add egg and mix
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix
  5. Roll into 12 walnut-sized balls
  6. Dredge in paleo flour
  7. Arrange on cookie sheet
  8. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes

For Garlic Zoodles:

  1. While Tuna is baking, Spiralize or julienne both zucchini
  2. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper
  3. Transer for a skillet and sautée while stirring
  4. As the zoodles begin to steam, add chopped garlic
  5. Continue cooking until zucchini is crisp-tender
  6. Remove from heat
  7. When tuna balls are lightly browned, remove from oven, and arrange on plates with garlic zoodles.
  8. Optional: Top with marinara sauce
  9. Enjoy!

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