The perfect Tuna Melt contains NO Tuna… or cheese! #veganfood #dairyfree

     Today we are going to make a vegan tuna melt recipe, but without the tuna! This recipe is inspired by the channel Not Another Cooking Show. We are going to use lion’s mane mushroom in place of tuna. This mushroom has a seafood like taste, it mostly mimics the taste of shellfish. If you like this recipe, make sure to check out this one too! and this one!

Mushroom Time

     We are using mushrooms instead of tuna, so let’s get that prepared. Lion’s mane mushroom is perfect for this recipe, to start, pull your mushroom apart into tiny shreds. Toss the shreds into a bowl along with some chopped up nori. You can use a sheet of nori, or nori flakes, or even some kelp granules. Now add a little salt, olive oil, and mix it up. Get a pan ready on your stove at a medium to high heat with a touch more oil. Add your ingredients, we want them to brown a little and get rid of some of the moisture.This will happen quickly since they are thinly shredded. Toss them around in your pan for a few minutes then pull them off the heat, back into their bowl to cool down.

Get Those Veggies In!

     Time to prepare our veggies. Finely chop some carrot, celery, and red onion. This is optional but you can chop up and add some chopped fresh dill as well. Once everything is chopped and ready to go, grab your bowl and add a little bit of your veggies at a time, to get it to your liking. Now we add a little bit of lemon zest, and a squeeze of lemon juice as well. Add about two tablespoons of vegan mayonnaise, mix it in. When it’s mixed well, put it in a container with a lid, and let it sit in the refrigerator for about twenty minutes to chill.

     After it’s chilled grab the bread of your choice, I chose thick cut white bread. Lightly spread some vegan mayonnaise on your bread slices, add a pinch of salt to them, then get your pan hot and ready. Let your bread toast a bit in the pan, then once it’s toasted enough for you add a couple slices of vegan cheese. I added a little water around the slice of bread with the cheese just to steam it a bit, then covered it up to melt. While that melts we cut up some thin slices of tomato, but before the cheese is done melting, add the tomato on top of it. Time to take everything off the pan and put our sandwich together.

Hope You’re Hungry!

     Add the mushroom tuna mix right on top of the tomatoes and viola! Aside from the slight messiness of this dish, it is super refreshing, all around a good sandwich, and tastes exactly like a real tuna melt. The toasted bread gives a nice crunch and bite, as well as the tomatoes. While the tuna mix is soft and chewy. You can taste the subtle hints of dill. So there you have it! A vegan tuna melt recipe, and it was so easy and quick to make!! Don’t forget to check out the full video here!

Realistic Tuna Melt from Mushrooms

How to make an incredibly real tuna-tasting tuna melt!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1 Lion's mane mushroom
  • 1 sheet nori
  • pinch salt
  • pinch olive oil
  • .5 large carrot
  • 2 sticks celery
  • .5 red onion
  • pinch fresh dill
  • pinch lemon zest
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 slices thick cut white bread
  • 3 slices vegan cheese
  • 3 slices tomato


  • Pull apart your mushroom into shreds. Add into bowl with chopped nori.
  • Add salt, olive oil, and mix.
  • Get oiled pan on stove at medium to high heat. Add ingredients, let them brown.
  • Toss around in pan for a few minutes then add to a bowl.
  • Add your chopped veggies into your bowl with some lemon zest, a squeeze of lemon juice, then mix.
  • Grab bread, spread vegan mayonnaise on slices, add salt, then get your pan hot.
  • Toast bread in the pan, add vegan cheese slices. Add water around bread to steam it.
  • Add the rest of your toppings.
Keyword American, Carrot, Cheese, dinner recipes, easy dinner, easy snack, fish, fish recipes, Healthy, healthy lunch, Lunch, Mushrooms, sandwich, tuna, tuna melt, vegan snack
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