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Pan bagnat

Pan bagnat

Pan Bagnat is a traditional recipe from the Nice area. The name means "soaked bread", as it consists of a round bread roll that has been drenched with a mix of oil and vinegar then filled vegetables and fish. Years ago this was the snack that fisherman took with them on their boats, but this is a modernised version.


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Last modified on: May 22th 2011

For 4 Pans bagnat, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationStart to finish
43 min.43 min.
Preservation: Best eaten within a few hours, but will keep to the following day (rather softer).
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
20 min.
Pan bagnat : Photo of step #1 Peel 2 tomatoes and slice.

Peel and chop 2 spring onions (scallions), including part of the green leaves.

Wash 50 radishes and cut into rounds.

Wash 1 bunch basil.
Stage 2
3 min.
Pan bagnat : Photo of step #2 Mix 4 tablespoons olive oil and 3 tablespoons vinegar in a bowl, salt and pepper.
Stage 3
5 min.
Pan bagnat : Photo of step #3 Cut the bread rolls in half horizontally.
Stage 4
5 min.
Pan bagnat : Photo of step #4 Soak the insides of both halves with the vinegar-oil mix.
Stage 5
5 min.
Pan bagnat : Photo of step #5 Pile on the vegetables, herbs and tuna.
Stage 6
5 min.
Pan bagnat : Photo of step #6 Put the pan bagnat together and press down firmly on the top.

It's ready.


The ingredients state hamburger-style rolls, but it is even better with a firmer kind of bread, such as special breads or baguettes (like in the photos).

You can replace the oil and vinegar mix with a simple vinaigrette dressing, made in advance.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
203773 gr190 gr109 gr
102 %28 %18 %17 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1335 gr12 gr7 gr
7 %2 %1 %1 %
Per piece
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
50918 gr47 gr27 gr
25 %7 %4 %4 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 Pans bagnat : 5.50 €
Per Pan bagnat : 1.38 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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And to drink?: A light rosé, like one from Provence.
Source: Based on what my mother made for picnics for my sisters and I when we were small.
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