I love tuna pizza. Or better: I liked her. Because my mostly vegan diet isn’t the only thing to blame for me not eating Pizza Tonno anymore. The bycatch associated with tuna fishing made me choose a different pizza from the menu before changing my diet when I was at an Italian restaurant. I was surprised and amazed when I found the first fish-free tuna options in the supermarket or organic market. Nothing standing in the way of vegan tuna pizza? I did the test.
So I tried different jars and cans and tasted different varieties. Unfortunately, some of them never convinced me, but one or the other was a product that turned out to be very “real”. By the way: to the statement “I don’t understand why vegetarians and vegans eat something that tastes like meat.” I answer: I don’t do without meat because I don’t like it. So why shouldn’t you be happy that vegan options for alternative products – including cheese, milk and co – are getting bigger and bigger?
But it doesn’t have to be supermarket food. In any case, you should not eat too much of the prepared products. That’s why you can make the fish substitute on vegan tuna pizza yourself, for example tuna with watermelon. Yes, that really works! Because natural ingredients like nori leaves provide the typical fishy flavor – kala namak is similar to how they are used to mimic the flavor of eggs. Take a look around our cooking school, we will tell you many such tips, for example the best vegan egg options or which vegan plant-based drinks are suitable for which.
So enough theory, let’s get back to practice. I’ll show you first-hand which Italian classics you can still make vegan:
By the way: you don’t need plant-based cheese for vegan tuna pizza. But if you don’t want to do without it, pay attention to the instructions on the packaging. Buy only vegan cheese suitable for gratin or “melting”.
How to make vegan tuna pizza yourself
We make tuna pizza, but without tuna. It’s easy!
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For the dough, boil the yeast in 100 ml of warm water and add sugar. Stir until it dissolves and leave for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the flour with salt. Pour the yeast water into the well and mix it around with a little flour. Add the rest of the water and olive oil to the dough and knead for about 5 minutes to make a soft dough. If it is too dry, add a little water if necessary. Then cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, drain the tuna. Clean the onion and cut into rings or cubes. Combine tomato paste and tomato paste, press in pureed garlic and season with salt, pepper and Italian herbs.
If the dough rises, preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Divide the dough in half and slowly roll it out one by one and place each flatbread on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Then spread with tomato sauce and optionally, sprinkle with grated vegan cheese. Then spread the tuna on top, as well as red onion and capsicum if you want. Now put both pizzas in the oven for 15 minutes each and finally sprinkle with arugula if desired.