Anthony Bourdain’s Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Anthony Bourdain’s Tuna Salad Sandwiches adds an air of respectability to otherwise mundane street variety tuna fish on bread.

Anthony Bourdain’s Tuna Salad Sandwiches

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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Anthony Bourdain’s Tuna Salad Sandwiches is my recipe of the day with the blogging group Fish Friday Foodies. We publish new recipes once per month following a group topic. This week we are sharing seafood recipes that are perfect for sharing at a potluck or family gathering.

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Usually all the recipes you find on my blog are mine (except a few here and there). This is one of those times I am trying a cookbook recipe. And for obvious reasons.

In Anthony Bourdain’s cookbook Appetites, he shared a recipe for his favorite tuna sandwich. Now, most food snobs will go about denying partaking in tuna, for whatever reason. I don’t care.

I do  love tuna myself and have it every now and again. And I love that Bourdain had the brass to announce that he loved it too. And he loved it the way he was raised on it. Simple. And crappy white bread. He did love using Spanish tuna packed in oil, which can be pricy. It has good flavor, whichever Spanish tuna in oil you manage to find.

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Anthony Bourdain’s Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Most people have their own way of doing their tuna, as do I. His is simple and straightforward. I am also fond of relish and sometimes egg. I do enjoy his addition of lettuce. It adds a nice crunch. I am very happy he didn’t add tomato. I am not a fan of tomato with tuna although I know many people are. If there is tomato with tuna, for me it needs to be stuffed. As I have in a recipe further down the page.

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Anthony Bourdain’s Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Anthony Bourdain's Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Anthony Bourdain
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Main Dish, Salads, Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 559 kcal


  • 8 ounces canned Spanish oil-packed tuna drained
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 rib celery finely diced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 leaves iceberg lettuce
  • 4 slices soft white bread


  • Combine tuna, mayonnaise, red onion, celery, salt, and black pepper, stirring well.
  • Serve mixture on bread with lettuce.


From the kitchen of
Published in Appetites by Anthony Bourdain


Calories: 559kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 38gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 17gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 1050mgPotassium: 377mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 203IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 135mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Appetites recipes, Bourdain recipes, retro recipes
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7 responses

    • His hits the right points for formula. There will be no complaints on his sandwiches. Which makes it perfect when searching for something everyone at a gathering will enjoy. Thanks for hosting!

      • That depends on the oil really. Mayo tastes nothing like oil from tuna. Even though they both contain fats- you couldn’t switch it out for butter either, which is also full of fat. If you’ve taken a fish oil supplement before and burped that taste up later, you realize the amount needs to be kept under tight control.

  1. That sounds like my tuna salad, lol!!! I love the Spanish canned tuna. Sometimes I’ll also add some shredded carrot to give it a little panache.

  2. LOL Our calico cat would glare me out of the kitchen if I didn’t give up the water from the tuna can to her! (can’t have the oil pack kind) That’s HER portion, also the only reason she tolerates me. It’s either that or I have to share the tuna, and that’s NOT going to happen. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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