Tuna Melt
Tuna Melt
5 from 4 votes
Elevate your sandwich game with the ultimate Tuna Melt! This classic dish combines the comforting warmth of toasted bread with the hearty satisfaction of tuna and melted cheese. It's an easy, delicious staple for any mealtime.
Tuna Melt

Brace yourselves, folks, because we’re diving into the realm of comfort food heaven with today’s recipe: Tuna Melt.

Picture this: golden-brown bread, oozing with melted cheese and packed with flavorful tuna salad. It’s the stuff dreams are made of, and I’m here to guide you through every delectable step of this culinary journey.

Originating from the heart of diner culture, the Tuna Melt has become a classic American favorite. Its roots trace back to the mid-20th century, where it graced menus as a hearty and satisfying sandwich option. But fear not, fellow home cooks, because mastering this dish is well within your reach.

Now, you might be thinking, “Is this recipe too complex for my beginner skills?” Not at all! With a handful of pantry staples and a skillet, you’ll be whipping up Tuna Melts like a seasoned pro in no time.

Expert Tip: Experiment with different bread varieties such as sourdough, whole wheat, or rye to add extra depth of flavor to your Tuna Melts.


Tuna Canned: Canned tuna brings a punch of protein and savory flavor to the mix. It’s the backbone of our tuna salad filling, adding a satisfying texture and taste that pairs perfectly with the other ingredients.

Mayonnaise: Creamy and rich, mayonnaise serves as the binder for our tuna salad, ensuring that all the flavors meld together harmoniously. Its velvety texture adds a lusciousness to the filling, making each bite irresistible.

Cheddar Cheese Grated: What’s a melt without cheese? Grated cheddar takes our tuna melt to the next level, providing gooey, melty goodness that blankets the entire sandwich. Its sharpness cuts through the richness of the other ingredients, balancing out the flavors beautifully.

Lemon Juice: A splash of lemon juice brightens up our tuna salad, adding a refreshing zing that cuts through the richness of the mayo and cheese. It brings a hint of acidity that elevates the overall taste profile of the dish.

Dijon Mustard: Dijon mustard brings a subtle kick of heat and tanginess to our tuna salad, enhancing its depth of flavor. Its bold presence adds complexity to the mix, making each bite more exciting and flavorful.

Bread: The vessel for our masterpiece, bread provides the perfect canvas for our tuna melt. Whether you prefer classic white bread or opt for something heartier like whole grain, choose slices that will toast up beautifully and hold all the delicious fillings together.

Red Onion: Finely chopped red onion adds a pop of color and a hint of sharpness to our tuna salad. Its crunchy texture provides a delightful contrast to the creamy mayo and tender tuna, adding depth and complexity to each bite.

Tomato: Freshly chopped tomato brings a burst of juicy sweetness to our tuna melt, balancing out the richness of the other ingredients. Its vibrant flavor adds a refreshing element to the sandwich, making it even more irresistible.

Salt and Black Pepper: These pantry staples are essential for seasoning our tuna salad to perfection. A pinch of salt enhances the flavors of the ingredients, while black pepper adds a subtle warmth and depth that ties everything together.

Butter: Butter is the key to achieving that irresistible golden crust on our tuna melt. It adds richness and flavor to the bread, ensuring that each bite is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Expert Tip: Don’t skimp on the cheese! Generously layer the grated cheddar between the tuna salad and bread slices for maximum gooeyness.

Serving Suggestions

  • Classic Combo: Pair your Tuna Melt with a side of crispy potato chips or crunchy pickles for a classic diner-style experience. The contrast of textures and flavors will take your taste buds on a nostalgic journey.
  • Soup and Sandwich: For a cozy meal, serve your Tuna Melt alongside a steaming bowl of tomato soup. The creamy, cheesy sandwich pairs perfectly with the tangy sweetness of the soup, creating a comforting and satisfying meal.
  • Fresh Salad: Balance out the richness of the Tuna Melt with a refreshing side salad. Opt for crisp lettuce, juicy cherry tomatoes, and your favorite dressing for a light and vibrant accompaniment that complements the flavors of the sandwich.
  • Fruit Medley: Add a touch of sweetness to your meal with a colorful fruit medley. Slice up some fresh strawberries, pineapple, and grapes for a refreshing and healthy addition to your plate.
  • Potato Wedges: Crispy potato wedges are the perfect sidekick to your Tuna Melt. Seasoned with herbs and spices, these golden-brown delights add a satisfying crunch to every bite, making for a truly indulgent meal.

Expert Tip: Ensure the skillet is preheated properly before adding the Tuna Melts to achieve a golden-brown crust on the bread.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh tuna instead of canned?

Fresh tuna can be used if preferred, but canned tuna is convenient and budget-friendly for this recipe. If using fresh tuna, simply cook it before adding it to the salad mixture.

Can I use a different type of cheese?

Absolutely! While cheddar cheese adds a classic flavor to the Tuna Melt, feel free to experiment with other cheese varieties such as Swiss, mozzarella, or pepper jack for a unique twist.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

While the tuna salad mixture can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to a day, it’s best to assemble and cook the Tuna Melts just before serving to ensure the bread stays crispy and the cheese melts perfectly.

Can I make this recipe vegetarian or vegan?

Yes! Substitute the canned tuna with mashed chickpeas or white beans for a vegetarian version of the Tuna Melt. For a vegan option, use vegan mayonnaise and cheese alternatives.

Can I customize the ingredients to suit my taste preferences?

Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the ingredients and seasonings to your liking. Add extra spices, herbs, or vegetables to customize the flavor of the tuna salad filling according to your taste preferences.

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Tuna Melt

Tuna Melt

by Nabeela Kauser
Elevate your sandwich game with the ultimate Tuna Melt! This classic dish combines the comforting warmth of toasted bread with the hearty satisfaction of tuna and melted cheese.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 4
Calories 320 kcal


  • 200 g Tuna Canned, drained
  • 50 g Mayonnaise
  • 50 g Cheddar Cheese Grated
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 4 slices Bread
  • ½ Red Onion Finely chopped
  • 1 Tomato Chopped
  • Salt To taste
  • Black Pepper To taste
  • 2 tbsp Butter


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the drained tuna, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, red onion, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  • Preheat a skillet over medium heat.
  • Butter one side of each bread slice.
  • Place two slices of bread, butter side down, on the skillet.
  • Spoon half of the tuna mixture on top of each bread slice.
  • Add the grated cheddar cheese on top.
  • Add the remaining slices of bread on top, butter side up.
  • Cook until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Serve hot and enjoy your delicious tuna melt!


Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 16gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 464mgPotassium: 237mgFibre: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 595IUVitamin C: 6mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 142mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Fish, Food, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood, Snack, Tuna
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