Imitation Tuna Fish | Vegan

amandanicolesmithCultured | Fermented | Pickled, Lunch, Quick & Easy, Vegan 2 Comments

A fresh probiotic rich substitute for tuna fish sandwiches, made from an ingredient combination you have to taste to appreciate. 

You’ll never guess what it’s made from, so I’ll come right out with it. It’s made with sauerkraut, sunflower seeds, cashews, seaweed, and all the regular tuna fish fixin’s. Sounds crazy but trust me I wouldn’t post something that wasn’t delicious and that I wouldn’t make or eat again.
Vegan Imitation Tuna Ingredients
I used to love tuna fish sandwiches, the smell made me salivate  Now that I stay far away from high mercury fish such as tuna, and canned foods, I have missed my tuna fish sandwiches, until now.
Vegan Imitation Tuna Fish
This past weekend I went to the Central Farm Market in Bethesda, and my favorite local pickle place, DC Dills, had sauerkraut, which is rare. I decided to get a pint since I love the benefits of real deal probiotics in a long ferment such as saurkraut.
I used to make huge batches of sauerkraut at home, but I didn’t really have a good way to eat it, that I enjoyed. I would usually cook the non-probiotic canned version and put it on hot dogs, but you can’t just cook the real deal fermented sauerkraut or all the probiotics will be killed.
When I opened up sauerkraut from DC Dill, the fermented smell instantly reminded of tuna fish, so I thought why not make a sandwich and dress it up like tuna since it already smells similar. The faint vinegar taste was the perfect addition along with all the spices and herbs. I even added little seaweed to add a fishy flavor!
Imitation Tuna Sandwich
Instead of mayo, or even vegan mayo, I used the creamy spring onion dressing from my favorite local farmer Nicole of Two Acre Farm. She has all sorts of dressings, sauces and dips all made with ingredients from the farm. It was a great combination, the flavor was out of this world and the texture was pretty spot on.
For all you raw vegans, I know I killed the whole raw vegan probiotic rich vibe going on with two slices of whole grain harvest bread from the The Farm Market Bakery. But the good thing about real deal freshly baked whole grain bread is that it’s much easier to digest than the store-bought doughs with dough conditioners, preservatives and white wheat. 
Call me crazy but sauerkraut imitation tuna fish is awesome and a great way to get in your probiotics. Try it and let me know what you think, it’s really simple to make and you don’t need that much ingredients for 1-2 sandwiches.

Vegan Imitation Tuna Fish Sandwich

A probiotic rich imitation tuna made from ingredients you have to taste together to appreciate.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Amanda Nicole Smith


  • 1/2 cup sauerkraut
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 tbsp scallions
  • 1 tsp mayo
  • 1 tsp dill; fresh
  • 1 tsp seaweed; nori
  • 1/2 tsp stone ground mustard
  • pinch of sea salt and pepper


  • Blend the cashews and sunflower seeds until fine. A small food processor, single serve blender or spice/coffee grinder is best for this small job.
  • Add in the sauerkraut and pulse blend until it looks like chunky tuna. You can add the mayo in with the sauerkraut if it doesn't blend well.
  • Hand mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Serve in between two pieces of bread.


Store up to 2 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Comments 2

    1. Hi Nicole! You can find Nori at almost any health food store, generally near the soy sauce, or you could go to a Asian store. I bought sheets like you would use for sushi rolls and blended it up in my spice grinder. I don’t think they sell its already ground. Hope you enjoy!

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