The Ultimate Bonito Tuna Sandwich

Recipe by: Despaña Fine Foods & Tapas Cafe

A tuna sandwich is a timeless classic. Tuna from a can has always been accessible to generations of eaters, and its versatility is unmatched. Put it in a salad, mix it with mayonnaise, garnish it with olive oil or toss it in pasta. The options can feel endless. But, we are here for one thing and one thing only: the tuna sandwich. Or, in our case, the bonito sandwich. A special type of tuna inherent to the coast of Cantabria in Northern Spain. It's also known as albacore tuna, which is found around the pacific northwest of the United States. Its quality is unmatched, and makes for a truly gourmet tuna sandwich experience. 

First, it’s important to understand how to make a bonito tuna sandwich. Making one could not be easier! For starters, you’ll simply want to have a good piece of bread and a few key ingredients to liven up that bonito tuna. While many people might mix their tuna with mayonnaise to create a more traditional tuna salad (which we can always get behind), we are always more inclined to do so with high quality Spanish olive oil. Its rich and robust flavors elevate the quality of the bonito tuna to another level. Followed with a garnish of salt, and we have our tuna ready. A bonito tuna mix and high quality bread--the first step towards making a bonito tuna sandwich. 

But what can you mix your bonito tuna with? This high quality bonita tuna mixed with Spanish olive oil and salt is the perfect foundation for your sandwich. Now, it needs some veggie inspiration. Look no further than tomatoes and piquillo peppers. These vibrant Spanish ingredients provide a salty freshness to your sandwich to foster a beautiful mix of ingredients. The mix of bonito tuna, tomatoes and piquillo peppers offers you a fresh and flavorful creation.

Bonito tuna is a very healthy food! It’s packed with vitamins and protein, making it a nutritious option for you and your family. A bonito tuna sandwich might only become bad for you when it is mixed with heavy amounts of mayonnaise and other saturated fats--but we use high quality extra virgin olive oil to aid in maintaining the natural nutrients of the bonito tuna.

With all of this in mind, here’s our recipe for our Bonito Sandwich, which can also be found on our cafe menu at Despana Fine Foods & Tapas Cafe:


  • 1 jar of Agromar Bonito Tuna Loins
  • 1 tin of La Catedral Piquillo Peppers
  • 1 jar of La Catedral tomatoes
  • Rustic baguette
  • Sea Salt
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil


This is a great sandwich that can be made all year round. All you need to do is assemble your ingredients into a sandwich.

  1. Slice open your baguette
  2. Add your loins of bonito tuna with a dash of olive oil from the tin.
  3. Add strips of piquillo peppers to your tuna.
  4. Slice up fresh tomato or your La Catedral tomato preserves and layer on top of piquillo peppers and bonito tuna.
  5. Garnish with premium Spanish finishing olive oil.
  6. Add a pinch of sea salt.
  7. Enjoy!

Enjoy your Bonito Tuna Sandwich!

Packed with bonito tuna from Cantabria, and piquillo peppers and tomatoes from Navarra, it's simple, delicious and packed with nutrients.