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How to Make a Tuna Melt

How to Make a Tuna Melt

Are you craving a delicious and satisfying sandwich that’s easy to make? Look no further than the classic tuna melt. This simple yet flavorful creation is perfect for lunch or dinner. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to create a mouthwatering tuna melt that will leave you wanting more.

Gather Your Ingredients

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s make sure we have everything we need. For a basic tuna melt, you’ll need canned tuna, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, diced celery, diced red onion, grated cheddar cheese, and your choice of bread. Feel free to get creative and add your own twist with additional ingredients like sliced tomatoes, pickles, or avocado.

Preparing the Tuna Salad

Start by draining the canned tuna and transferring it to a bowl. Add the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, diced celery, and diced red onion. Mix everything together until well combined. This creamy and tangy tuna salad will be the star of your tuna melt.

Assembling the Tuna Melt

Now it’s time to bring everything together. Take two slices of your chosen bread and place them on a baking sheet. Spread a generous amount of the tuna salad on one slice of bread and sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on top. Place the other slice of bread on top to create a sandwich.

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and place the baking sheet with the assembled sandwich inside. Let it bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. You can also use a toaster oven or stovetop if you prefer.

Enjoying Your Tuna Melt

Once your tuna melt is ready, take it out of the oven and let it cool for a minute or two. Cut it in half diagonally and savor the delicious aroma. The crispy bread, gooey cheese, and flavorful tuna salad combine to create a mouthwatering experience.

Pair your tuna melt with a side of crispy fries or a fresh salad for a complete meal. It’s also great on its own as a quick snack. The possibilities are endless, and you can customize your tuna melt to suit your taste buds.


Making a tuna melt is a simple yet scrumptious way to satisfy your cravings. With just a few ingredients and some basic steps, you can create a delectable sandwich that will impress your taste buds. So why not give it a try and enjoy a tasty homemade tuna melt today?


1. Can I use fresh tuna instead of canned tuna?

Yes, you can use fresh tuna if you prefer. Just cook it and flake it before mixing it with the other ingredients.

2. Can I use a different type of cheese?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different cheeses like Swiss, mozzarella, or even pepper jack for a spicy kick.

3. Can I make a tuna melt without mayonnaise?

Yes, if you’re not a fan of mayonnaise, you can substitute it with Greek yogurt or mashed avocado for a healthier option.

4. Can I make a tuna melt on the stovetop?

Yes, you can make a tuna melt on a stovetop by using a skillet or a griddle. Simply cook it on medium heat until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted.

5. Can I add other vegetables to the tuna salad?

Definitely! You can add ingredients like diced bell peppers, grated carrots, or even chopped olives for extra flavor and texture.

6. Can I use a different type of bread?

Yes, you can use any type of bread you like. Popular choices include sourdough, whole wheat, or rye bread.

7. Can I make a tuna melt in a microwave?

While it’s possible to make a tuna melt in a microwave, it won’t have the same crispy texture as one made in the oven or on the stovetop.

8. Can I make a tuna melt ahead of time?

It’s best to enjoy a tuna melt fresh out of the oven for optimal flavor and texture. However, you can prepare the tuna salad ahead of time and assemble the sandwich just before baking.

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How to Make a Tuna Melt

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Seafood
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 1 (6.5 ounce) jar of tuna in oil , drained
  • 2 tablespoons of finely diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon of minced green onion
  • 2 teaspoons of drained capers
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise (or more , to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of Asian chile paste (such as sambal oelek)
  • cup of fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of softened butter , divided
  • 2 thick slices of French bread
  • ¼ cup of shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese , divided
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper (or to taste)


  • In a mixing bowl, lightly break apart the tuna with a fork.
  • Add celery, green onion, capers, mayonnaise, and chile paste to the bowl.
  • Pinch in small pieces of mozzarella and stir to combine.
  • Season the tuna salad with salt and black pepper.
  • Refrigerate the tuna salad until ready to use.
  • Preheat the broiler in the oven.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Generously spread butter on both sides of the French bread slices.
  • Place the buttered bread slices on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Broil the bread slices until they turn golden brown on top, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Flip the bread slices and broil the other side until toasted, approximately 2 to 3 more minutes.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and turn the slices over on the baking sheet, placing the darkest sides on the bottom.
  • Using 2 forks, gently spread the tuna salad onto the bread slices, pressing the salad onto the bread and spreading it all the way to the edges.
  • Sprinkle shredded Cheddar cheese over each sandwich.
  • Dust the tops of the sandwiches with cayenne pepper.
  • Place the sandwiches under the broiler and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbling, approximately 5 to 6 minutes.
  • If needed, use a baking dish underneath the sheet
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