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Tuna Melt Recipe

This classic tuna melt recipe is an easy, affordable and satisfying lunch or dinner that's ready for the table in less than 30 minutes!
Course Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword open faced tuna melt, tuna melt, tuna melt recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 550kcal
Author Blair



  • 3 (5 ounce) cans tuna fish in water, drained really well and flaked
  • ¾ cup finely diced celery
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste


  • 8 slices thick white bread or 4 English muffins, split
  • 2 tomatoes (about 1 lb.), sliced ¼-inch thick
  • 8 slices sharp cheddar cheese (or sub with provolone, Swiss, American or other favorite cheese)


  • Prepare tuna salad by stirring together tuna, celery, mayonnaise, pickle relish, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Arrange bread or English muffins on a rimmed baking sheet. Place about 6-inches from the broiler and toast until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Spread about ½ cup of tuna salad over each slice of toast, top with sliced tomato, then the cheddar. Broil 6-inches from the heat until the cheese is melted and starting to brown, about 3-6 minutes.


  • To add even more flavor to the tuna salad, try mixing in fresh herbs like dill, chives or parsley, a dash of garlic powder, a squeeze of lemon juice, a dollop of Dijon mustard, or minced red onion.
  • Instead of using English muffins or white bread, try making the tuna melt with a toasted bagel, leftover hamburger or hotdog buns, or a baguette.
  • Tuna Melt Panini: make the sandwich closed (rather than open-faced) and press it on a grill pan or panini press. Don't forget to butter the outside of the sandwich or brush with olive oil.
  • Tuna Melt Wrap or Tuna Melt Quesadilla: use flour tortillas instead of bread, and toast the wrap or quesadilla on a griddle or in a skillet.
  • Tuna Bacon Melt: it might not be as traditional, but everything's better with bacon, right? Add a couple of strips of cooked, crispy bacon to each sandwich.
  • Tuna Avocado Toast: this is your "fancy tuna sandwich recipe!" Top the toasted bread with sliced or mashed avocado in addition to the tuna salad, tomato and cheese.


Serving: 1tuna melt | Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 1088mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1025IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 263mg | Iron: 3mg