Gluten-Free Bánh Mì—With Seared Ahi Tuna

September 20th, 2019

Bánh mì sandwiches are traditionally made with tender slices of pork, but we’re switching things up. Seared ahi tuna steaks stand in as the protein of choice. The thinly sliced steaks are topped with a generous helping of quick-pickled veggies for briny, salty flavor in each bite.

Bahn Mi Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwiches

Banh Mi Sandwich

Yield: 2 servings
Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes


For the pickled vegetables:
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Raw Unstrained Honey
½ teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Garlic Powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 Persian cucumber, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, shredded
Half small red onion, thinly sliced
1 small jalapeño, thinly sliced

For the sauce:
½ cup Thrive Market Non-GMO Vegan Mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Sriracha Sauce

For the tuna:
2 (4-ounce) Thrive Market Wild-Caught Ahi Tuna Steaks
Sea salt
Thrive Market Organic Ground Pepper
1 tablespoon Thrive Market Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For the sandwiches:
1 Schar gluten-free baguette, halved lengthwise
Cilantro leaves, for serving


Make the pickled vegetables:
Whisk rice wine vinegar, honey, garlic powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add cucumbers, carrots, onions, and jalapeño; toss to coat.

Make the sauce:
Whisk mayonnaise and Sriracha in a small bowl.

Make the tuna:
Season tuna with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat and add 1 tablespoon oil. Add tuna and sear on both sides; 1 to 2 minutes total for rare, or 3 to 4 minutes total for medium well. Transfer tuna to a cutting board and slice against the grain into ½-inch pieces.

Make the sandwiches:
Preheat broiler. Arrange bread on a sheet tray and toast for 2 minutes, or until slightly golden. Spread sauce on bottom part of bun, then layer slices of tuna on top. Top with pickled vegetables, cilantro leaves, and a drizzle of more sauce. Top with second slice of bread; slice and serve.

Recipe by Chef Megan Mitchell

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