Tuna Sandwiches Libyan-Style

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Let’s talk about Libyan Tuna Sandwiches – a classic dish that’s incredibly simple yet absolutely delicious! These sandwiches were a regular part of my childhood, perfect for picnics and quick meals that come together in just about 10 minutes.

Tuna Sandwiches Libyan-Style

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 2


  • 5- ounce can of tuna drained
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • Pinch of salt to taste
  • Pinch of black pepper to taste
  • Hummus
  • Sliced black olives
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Harissa or Sriracha
  • French Bread


  • Start by draining the tuna from the can and placing it in a bowl.
  • Add extra virgin olive oil, salt, black pepper, and lemon juice to the tuna. Mix everything together until well combined.
  • Slice the French bread and warm it up. Spread hummus on one side and harissa or Sriracha on the other.
  • Layer the tuna, sliced tomatoes, and black olives onto the bread.
  • Close the sandwich and get ready to enjoy!


  • Genova tuna in olive oil is my top choice, as it adds a wonderful flavor. If you don’t have olive oil-packed tuna, you can drain the water-packed one and add your own olive oil.
  • While harissa is traditional, Sriracha or Sambal work great too if you don’t have harissa.
  • Though hummus isn’t traditional in Libyan tuna sandwiches, it adds a delicious twist that many enjoy.
  • For extra flavor, try drizzling some high-quality extra virgin olive oil inside the bread before adding the filling and sauce.
  • Lee’s Baguettes or any Vietnamese bakery bread works wonderfully, but feel free to use your favorite bread!

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