Tuna Melt

Tuna Melt

5 from 3 votes
Tuna melt is a traditional sandwich made with tuna, cheese, and bread. Loaded with canned tuna, mayonnaise, and red onion, then topped with grated cheese and sliced tomatoes before being toasted until golden and crispy.
Tuna Melt

A tuna melt is a traditional comfort food sandwich that combines canned tuna fish, cheese, and bread. This quick and easy recipe comes together in minutes.

When it comes to making my kids packed lunches in the morning, I am almost always at a loss as to what I should make.

With this tuna melt recipe, I can get their lunches packed and ready by the time they have finished putting on their uniform. That’s how quick this recipe is!

Now, for any sandwich you need to make sure you pick the right bread.

For this tuna melt recipe, you will need to use bread that is sturdy enough to hold the filling and will not become soggy when toasted for the perfect tuna melt.

Sourdough, rye, or whole-grain bread all have dense crumbs, so they are the perfect options.

Another important aspect is the quality of the tuna used. It is critical for the best tuna melt recipe.

It is also a good idea to stick to choosing canned tuna in oil rather than tuna in water. Tuna in oil has a richer, more tasty flavour than tuna in water.

When ready to make the sandwich, completely drain the tuna then break it up into small pieces with a fork.

Combine the tuna, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, tomatoes, chopped onions, and grated cheese in a mixing bowl.

To give the tuna mixture a bright and fresh flavour, season it with salt, black pepper, and a dash of lemon juice.

For the cheese, you need a cheese that melts well and complements the tuna flavours. The cheese is what makes a tuna melt truly irresistible.

Cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss, and provolone cheese are all excellent choices. It is always better to buy a block of cheese and then grate it at home.

Pre-grated cheese has added preservatives to prolong its shelf life. Once you have assembled the sandwich you are ready to toast your tuna melt.

Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat until hot before placing the sandwich.

Cook until the cheese is melted, and the bread is completely toasted and golden brown, flipping once to ensure even toasting on both sides.

To make the tuna melt even more delicious, you can add extra ingredients for enhanced texture and flavour.

For added texture, try adding some avocado or pickles to the sandwich. For an extra kick, top with dried herbs or chilli flakes.

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Tuna Melt

Tuna Melt

by Nabeela Kauser
Tuna Melt is a traditional sandwich made with tuna, cheese, and bread. Loaded with canned tuna, mayonnaise, tomatoes, and red onion, then topped with grated cheese before being toasted until golden and crispy.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 4
Calories 320 kcal



  • 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: 237mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 595IUVitamin C: 6mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 142mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Fish, Food, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood, Snack, Tuna
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