Tuna fish sandwich

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Tuna fish sandwich
Tuna olive and avocado sandwich.jpg
A tuna fish sandwich with black olives and avocado
Alternative names
Tuna salad sandwich, tuna sandwich
Place of origin
United States
Main ingredients
Tuna salad, mayonnaise, celery
Variations Tuna boat, tuna melt
Cookbook:Tuna fish sandwich  Tuna fish sandwich

A tuna fish sandwich, or tuna sandwich, is a type of sandwich usually made with ingredients such as mayonnaise. Tuna salad includes other ingredients such as celery. Other common variations include the tuna boat and tuna melt.

The sandwich has been called "the mainstay of almost everyone's American childhood,"[1] and "the staple of the snatched office lunch for a generation."[2] In the United States, 52% of canned tuna is used for sandwiches.[3]

Ingredients and preparation[edit]

A tuna fish sandwich is usually made with canned tuna mixed with mayonnaise and other ingredients, such as chopped celery, pickles or pickle relish, hard-boiled eggs, onion, cucumber, and, less frequently, sweetcorn, and/or black olives. Other recipes may use olive oil, Miracle Whip, salad cream, mustard, or yogurt instead of or in addition to mayonnaise. The sandwich may be topped with lettuce, tomato or other vegetables and fruits, such as cucumbers, bean sprouts or avocado in any combination.

Variations[edit]

A tuna melt sandwich served with French fries
An open tuna sandwich with guacamole and cherry tomatoes

A tuna melt has melted cheese on top of the tuna or on a tomato slice and is served on toasted bread. A tuna boat is a tuna sandwich served in a hot dog bun.

Nutritional information[edit]

Tuna is a relatively high protein food and it is very high in omega-3 fatty acids. A sandwich made from 100 grams of tuna and two slices of toasted white bread has approximately 287 Calories, 96 Calories of which are from fat. It also has 20 grams of protein and 27 grams of carbohydrates.[4][5][6]

According to the StarKist company:

The nutritional content of albacore may vary naturally from catch to catch. In particular, the fat and calorie content will differ depending on the region or depth where the fish are caught. Albacore tuna that swim close to the water surface can be higher in fat than tuna caught in deep ocean waters—but they are also lower in mercury content and higher in omega-3 content. Because availability of albacore tuna may vary from season to season, we use two different labels to accurately show the fat and calorie content of the product contents.[7]

A larger, commercially-prepared tuna fish sandwich has more calories than noted above, based on its serving size. A 6-inch Subway tuna sub of 238 grams has 480 calories, 210 of those from fat, 600 miligrams of sodium, and 20 grams of protein.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cookbooks fail in search for the quintessential tuna sandwich.", Burros, Marian, Reprinted in The Review Spokesman, March 12, 1985. Retrieved June 13, 2009. "Perhaps ['The Joy of Cooking' doesn't include a tuna fish sandwich recipe] because Irma Rombauer never wanted to become embroiled in the controversy [over which extra ingredients to add]. But how can any book that purports to cover the American cooking scene omit the mainstay of almost everyone's childhood?"
  2. ^ Could your tuna sandwich soon become extinct after high street chains and now celebrities boycott endangered tuna? Daily Mail, 8th June 2009
  3. ^ "Tuna" Modern Marvels, 4 February 2010.
  4. ^ Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Fish, tuna salad
  5. ^ Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Bread, white, commercially prepared, toasted
  6. ^ Tuna Foundation official web site nutrition page
  7. ^ Starkist Company official web site FAQ web page
  8. ^ Subway Restaurants official web site nutrition page