Banh Mi Salmon Sandwich
Translated from Vietnamese, Banh Mi literally means bread. In Saigon in the 1950’s, what we now know as Banh Mi Sandwiches were being sold as street food, and it’s still a popular food in Saigon as well as in Hanoi. In Vietnamese cuisine, Banh Mi Sandwiches are typically characterized by combining meat and pickled vegetables like daikon, cucumber, and carrots with a mayo and chili spread. However, modern creative chefs are filling them with everything from dumplings to ice cream. Sandwiches in Vietnam are usually eaten for breakfast or a snack, but I prefer mine as a healthy lunch.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but does everyone remember their first Banh Mi Sandwich? Mine was filled with melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with pickled cucumber, peppers, and and onions. Unfortunately, pork belly is out of the question for a healthy lunch recipe, so I chose salmon, and I like it even better! This Mahn Mi Salmon Sandwich recipe has a similar mouth feel since salmon is a fatty fish, but it’s so much healthier than pork belly. And it is so easy to do at home! My favorite is Salmon Mahn Mi, but you can substitute chicken, lean steak, lean pork, tofu, or any kind of protein you wish. And feel free to use your favorite vegetables as well.
Salmon Bahn Mi Sandwich Recipe
1 medium whole wheat sandwich roll or hamburger bun
5 ounces salmon, cubed, marinated in teriyaki
1 tablespoon teriyaki glaze
1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon cucumber, quartered, marinated in rice vinegar
1 tablespoon red bell pepper, diced small, marinated in rice vinegar
1 tablespoon red onion, sliced thin, marinated in rice vinegar
1. Cook salmon in the oven at 350 for approximately 7 minutes until cooked to the desired temperature.
2. Toast the whole wheat bun until lightly toasted.
3. Mix teriyaki and mayonnaise together and spread on the bun.
4. Place salmon on the bottom part of the bun.
5. Top salmon with marinated veggies, and cover with the top of the bun.
1. Marinate salmon for at least 1/2 an hour before cooking it.
2. Marinate all vegetables for at least 4 hours before, preferably overnight.
1. If you want to prepare the Bahn Mi ahead of time, keep the bun separate, and make the sandwich when ready to eat.
2. The marinated vegetables will last weeks in the refrigerator.
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