Tofu Banh Mi Breakfast Sandwich | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #recipe #banhmi #sandwich #breakfast

Tofu Banh Mi Breakfast Sandwich

Tofu Banh Mi Breakfast Sandwich | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #recipe #banhmi #sandwich #breakfast

I think I only discovered banh mi sandwiches a year and a half ago, which is very unfortunate because they have so many of my favorite things happening, not the least of which are the spicy pickled veggies. The good news is that you can make your own pickles at home with less than 5 minutes of prep time and an hour of waiting. During that wait time, I highly recommend you marinate some tofu, cook it up, and gather a handful of ingredients to make a banh mi bagel sandwich that’s pretty damn epic for breakfast, but of course equally awesome for lunch or dinner too. Who says bagels are only a breakfast food anyway?

These sandwiches hit all the right marks in the texture and flavor departments. Crispy, doughy, tangy, spicy, garlicky and wait for it…extra creamy from some sliced avocado. One bite in and you’ll wonder why every restaurant isn’t adding avocados to their banh mi sandwiches.

Tofu Banh Mi Breakfast Sandwich | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #recipe #banhmi #sandwich #breakfast

Tofu Banh Mi Breakfast Sandwich | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #recipe #banhmi #sandwich #breakfast

P.S. This post is iphone + natural light only (no iphone lenses either).

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Tofu Banh Mi Breakfast Sandwich

Tofu Banh Mi Breakfast Sandwich | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #recipe #banhmi #sandwich #breakfast

Tofu Banh Mi Breakfast Sandwich

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 3-4 sandwiches


Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins

Unbelievably simple vegan banh mi sandwiches made with tofu and quick, homemade pickles. Serve them on a bagel for a satisfying savory breakfast!

Tofu Banh Mi Breakfast Sandwich | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #recipe #banhmi #sandwich #breakfast

Tofu Banh Mi Breakfast Sandwich

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Ingredients

For the quick pickles:

  • 1 small carrot, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 small jalapeño, sliced into thin rounds (adjust to your spiciness preference, remove the seeds to reduce the heat)
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegan cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

For the tofu:

  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 package (8 ounces) extra firm tofu, sliced 1/4 inch thick and gently pressed between paper towels to remove excess water

For the sandwiches:

  • plain bagels, toasted if you like (gluten-free if necessary)
  • avocado slices
  • vegan mayo
  • fresh cilantro
  • sriracha

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 3-4 sandwiches

Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 5 mins Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins

Unbelievably simple vegan banh mi sandwiches made with tofu and quick, homemade pickles. Serve them on a bagel for a satisfying savory breakfast!

Instructions

  • Make the pickles: Add all of the pickle ingredients to a medium jar, close the lid tightly, and shake to combine. If the vegetables aren't completely submerged in the vinegar, add just enough water to cover them. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  • Prepare the tofu: In a shallow dish, combine the soy sauce, lime juice, olive oil, and garlic. Dip the slices of tofu into the marinade, coating both sides. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add a small pour of olive oil and cook the tofu, giving each piece a little space on all sides to brown. Cook the tofu for 2-4 minutes on each side, until browned and slightly crispy. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Assemble the sandwiches: Slice the bagels in half, then spread with mayo on both halves. Layer on the tofu slices, pickled vegetables, avocado, cilantro and drizzle with sriracha. Devour!

Notes [1]

We like the “high protein” tofu from Trader Joe’s because it’s super firm, cooks up nicely, and holds together very well. It also requires minimal pressing to remove the excess water.

Copyright © 2020 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Kait says

    The things ya’ll do with your iphone… *swoons*

    Also this is basically the beau’s dream meal. So now I have to make it. Or have him make it for himself… 😉

    1. Kait says

      YAAAAAS 1ST COMMENT!!!! That never happens! *happy dances*

    2. Amanda says

      The iphone is is surprisingly awesome IF there’s decent light.

      You have to make these banh mi sandwiches–or better yet, have your beau make them! You know a sandwich is good when you’ve just eaten one and get excited thinking about eating another one the next day. I have to guard the bagels though because Aaron will eat them at every meal. 😉

      1. Kait says

        Well – Bren is of the opinion that bagels cure everything. He also thinks that about sex. So I think I’ll leave that right here… 😉

  2. Jessica says

    This looks so good! I’m obsessed with banh mi but I’ve never made one at home. Your recipe makes it look so easy!

    1. Amanda says

      It really is very easy to make a delicious version at home. I hope you’ll give it a try!

  3. Nick says
    1. Amanda says

      Thanks! The iphone did a nice job. 🙂

  4. Julia says

    This looks so good! I can’t wait to give it a try, although I may add grilled radicchio for the superfood benefits. Otherwise, with the creaminess of the avocado, plus the salty and garlicky flavors… I can’t wait to give it a try! 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

    1. Amanda says

      I think grilled radicchio will be great, Julia! Let me know how it turns out. 🙂

  5. Marie says

    Wow, banh mi for breakfast is a wild idea! I had to make it as soon as I saw your post. My husband and I agreed this will be in our regular breakfast rotation from now on. It’s delicious!

    1. Amanda says

      Awesome!! That makes me so happy that you and your husband liked the banh mi enough to put it on regular rotation, Marie! It’s a nice change from oats/smoothies, etc.

  6. There’s this food truck that comes to my city that has the most amazing vegan banh mi. I’ve wanted to create a copycat version ever since, and this looks like the perfect recipe for it!! Especially since it’s on a bagel 😉

    1. Amanda says

      Bagels make everything better, right? 😉 How lucky are you to have a food truck with vegan banh mi?! Jealous!

  7. Wow – This was absolutely delicious. My husband and I both loved it! We’re not morning people, so I prepped the pickles and put the tofu in its marinade the night before. I was a little worried that the pickles would be too strong flavored after soaking for that length of time, but it was perfect! I am definitely going to share this one with my Mom who also likes to cook.

    1. Amanda says

      I’m so happy you and your husband loved the banh mi, Elise! I ended up with some leftover pickles that sat in my fridge for a few days and they were still delicious (potent, but good!). I hope your mom will love the recipe too!

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