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All Recipes, Main Dishes / February 24, 2023

Classic Spanish Tuna Sandwich | Possibly the BEST Tuna Sandwich Recipe

Spain is famously known for their delicious Bocadillos, which are basically the Spanish version of a sandwich, and this Classic Spanish Tuna Sandwich is one of the very best. It´s got a ton of great flavors & textures, it´s easy to make and all done within minutes.

Classic Spanish Tuna Sandwich
There are many different versions of this classic sandwich in Spain. This version is inspired from the beautiful tapas bar of Central Bar, which is located in the Mercado Central de Valencia. Where they are known for making some of the best Bocadillos in all of Spain.

Classic Spanish Tuna Sandwich
The secret to this sandwich is 2 key ingredients. The first one is the bread, make sure to use a crunchy baguette. The second one, use some Spanish tuna in olive oil (10% OFF Your Order with Coupon ONAFORK), as it makes all the difference in the flavor.

Classic Spanish Tuna SandwichTIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: You can prep these sandwiches ahead of time. Just wrap them in seran wrap and add into the fridge. They will hold for up to 4 to 5 days.

Classic Spanish Tuna Sandwich

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make this Classic Spanish Tuna Sandwich

Classic Spanish Tuna Sandwich

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 Sandwiches
Calories 565 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1 baguette
  • 2 cans tuna in olive oil 4 oz / 110 grams each
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 10 black pitted olives
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 4 leaves green lettuce
  • 1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise 120 grams
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 ml
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Drain the cans of tuna into a fine sieve with a bowl underneath, gently flake the tuna and set aside

  2. Thinly slice the tomato, red onion, black olives, cucumber and wash & pat dry the leaves of lettuce

  3. To make the garlic mayo aioli, add the mayonnaise into a bowl, finely grate in the garlic, add in the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and season with sea salt & black pepper, whisk together until well mixed

  4. Cut the baguette into two 6 inch (15 cm) pieces and then cut each one open

  5. Add the lettuce in the bottom piece of the baguette, then the slices of tomato, season with sea salt & black pepper, then add in the tuna, black olives, red onion and cucumber, add a dollop of the garlic mayo aioli over the top piece of baguette, then place over the sandwich, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Classic Spanish Tuna Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 565 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 0.03g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 1596mg69%
Potassium 672mg19%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 856IU17%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms and vegan mayo and skip lettuce i never had classic spanish tuna sandwich before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    24 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      26 . Feb . 2023

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