Tuna is the base of many delicious sandwiches and meals, and making a plant-based substitute is pretty easy! The texture and specific flavors of tuna can be mimicked using plant-based ingredients. For those days that you’re really craving a tuna alternative in a sandwich or pasta, we’ve got you covered! Here’s our list of 12 awesome tuna-free recipes from our Food Monster App to try.
1. Chickpea Tuna Salad Sandwich
Source: Chickpea “Tuna” Salad Sandwich
2. Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Fish Sandwich
Source: Chickpea Tuna Fish Sandwich
Whether you loved or loathed tuna fish sandwiches as a kid, we have a good feeling that this Chickpea Tuna Fish Sandwich recipe by Melanie Sorrentino will quickly become your packed lunch go-to. Mashed chickpeas act as the tuna that is stirred in with the classic mix-ins: celery, onions, and pickled. Spread the “fishy” mixture on your favorite bread and you are good to go!
3. Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Source: Chickpea Tuna Sandwich
Andri Neocleous‘s Chickpea Tuna Sandwich makes a tasty lunch option for when you’re on the go at uni or at work. This chickpea “tuna” filling goes well with wholemeal bread, a seeded wrap or wholemeal pita.
4. White Bean ‘Tuna’ Sandwich with Veggies
These White Bean ‘Tuna’ Sandwich With Veggies by Anya Kassoff and Masha Davydova sandwiches are made from white beans and have all the best flavor components of the classic, plus added flair from cucumber and basil. Red onion, pickles, sunflower seeds, herbs, and a plant-based mayonnaise-like sauce make this dish taste remarkably close to tuna salad, especially when served as a sandwich. This tasty meal is perfect for lunch on the go.
5. Sauerkraut, Sunflower Seed, and Cashew ‘Tuna’ Fish
This fresh probiotic rich substitute for tuna fish sandwiches is this Sauerkraut, Sunflower Seed, and Cashew ‘Tuna’ Fish byAmanda Nicole Smith made from an ingredient combination you have to taste to appreciate. This ‘tuna’ fish is made with sauerkraut, sunflower seeds, cashews, seaweed, and all the regular tuna fish fixings. The faint vinegar taste of sauerkraut is the perfect addition along with the seaweed that adds a fishy flavor!
6. Fish Pie with Tofu and Oyster Mushrooms
This classic British dish would be quite difficult to create as it has quite a strong flavor and is very creamy with a thick sauce, but Becky Cotter makes it simple! A good fish pie has different textures and flavors in it, so this Fish Pie with Tofu and Oyster Mushrooms recipe uses oyster mushrooms which are a bit chewy alongside the soft tofu and al dente vegetables. Another quality of a good fish pie in my eyes is a thick layer of cheesy mash on top! This is easily recreated with vegan cheese.
7. Tuna Casserole
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With all the unnecessary cream, milk, cheese, and tuna in the original recipe, it is intimidating to think of how to remake this old fave into one that is not only acceptable but can really be called vegan. Megan Teet makes this Tuna Casserole with a roux of vegan butter, oat flour, and almond milk, more along the lines of a homemade macaroni and cheese. With two types of vegan cheeses and meatless tuna, the taste, smell, and texture is makes a perfect plant-based substitute.
8. Spicy Tomato Tuna
Source: Spicy Tomato Tuna Sushi
Oh, yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you: fish-free spicy tuna sushi! This Spicy Tomato Tuna Sushi recipe by Megan Said includes Roma tomatoes are boiled and perfectly seasoned with umami and spicy flavors and rolled up with sushi rice, avocado, and nori — no bamboo mat necessary.
9. Pasta Al Tonno: Italian Jackfruit Tuna
Pasta Al Tonno is traditionally made with tuna, but in this recipe by Lauren Grosch, jackfruit takes its place. Just like commonly found canned tuna products, canned jackfruit products comes in oil, brine, with and without spices and herbs. When shredded, the jackfruit imitates the flaky, tender texture of tuna and can easily be seasoned to taste like it too.
10. Fried Tuna Po’Boy
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What can you do with vegan tuna? You can make a classic tuna salad sandwich or you can take a walk on the wild side and make this monstrous vegan Fried Tuna Po’Boy. From Gabrielle St. Claire Sandwiched between two slices of baguette with a spicy remoulade sauce, creamy avocado, and crisp lettuce, these tuna balls are crunchy, spicy, and they taste amazing. The combination of fried tuna, jalapeños, spicy vegan mayonnaise and mountains of avocado will completely blow you away.
11. Mock Tuna Salad
Source: Mock Tuna Salad
Rachael Campbell’s Mock Tuna Salad is a fantastic source of protein. This is a great dish to use for many different meals, this mock tuna salad is great by itself, a filling for nori rolls, or as a spread on crackers.
12. Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Melt
Source: Chickpea Tuna Melt
Vegan seafood sounds difficult to make, but it’s actually quite easy! Check out our Ultimate Guide to Making Vegan Seafood Dishes! And if it’s both surf and turf you want, go ahead and add this perfect Seitan recipe.
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