How to Make a Perfect Tuna Melt


I admit it, I have always been a big fan of tuna.
I love tuna fish in my salad. I love tuna fish in my casserole (old school recipe- I know). I love tuna alone.
I simply love tune.

How to Make a Perfect Tuna Melt

How to Make a Perfect Tuna Melt

I love a great tuna melt.

A lot of what makes a tuna melt taste so good has to to with the tuna salad that is used to make it with.
Am I right?

If the tuna salad itself is good then all of that chewing that happens after the first bite tastes just as good as that first bite.

But, what makes that first bite of a tuna melt taste so good?

Well, you have to use the right bread.
Some folks enjoy their tuna melt on an English muffin. This seems to be the traditional method of making a tuna melt.
An English muffin allows the majority of the great taste of the melt to come from the tuna itself.

Have you ever tried using another kind of bread to make your tuna melt?

Using a thick slice of bread, like from a Challah or large roll, can really take this melt from a basic melt to a delicious meal. Other good breads to use in your tuna melt include rye and pumpernickel. French or Italian sliced bread are really good alternatives for a tuna melt as well.
The bread that you use is a personal choice, depending on how much you want to be original or experiment and what bread you have on hand in your kitchen.

And, don't forget about the cheese to melt on top of your melt.

Yellow cheeses seem to be the norm when it comes to a tuna melt.
I am a cheddar fan for about anything that has to do with a yellow cheese. I usually opt for the sharpest yellow cheese that I can find as well. Using a Colby-jack blend is a milder, yet still good, cheese topping for a tuna melt.

The Recipe for Tuna Melt

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To start with this recipe, you will need a basic tuna salad.


  • Tuna fish- 2 cans 5-6 ounce in water- Chunk Light or Albacore White Tuna work best. Be sure to break the tuna apart with a fork.
  • Mayonnaise- can sub in a thick ranch dressing- 1/4 cup
  • Minced onion- red works well- 2 tablespoons
  • Minced celery- 2 tablespoons
  • Pickled Relish or chopped pickle- 1 tablespoon +1 teaspoon.
  • Optional items, 1 tsp lemon juice, seasonings to taste (such as pepper or paprika), cilantro/parsley, and/or 1 tsp of brown mustard.

How to make tuna salad.

  • Combine all ingredients, one at a time, in a medium bowl.
  • Mix together until desired consistency.
  • Set aside.

How to make a tuna melt.

This can be made on the stove in a skilled using medium heat or in the oven set to 350.


  • 4-8 slices of bread depending on making this open faced or with two slices.
  • Tuna salad (see above)
  • Orange cheese, such as cheddar or a Colby-jack blend. Sliced or shredded or combination.
  • Spreadable butter or alternative

How to make a tuna melt.

This recipe is for making both an open-faced sandwich and a two slice sandwich using a skillet or in the oven.

  • Butter one side of each of four slices of bread. If using two slices of bread per melt, butter one side of the remaining slices and set aside.
  • If using a skillet, place the buttered side of the bread into the skillet and toast it.
  • If using a baking pan, place the buttered side of the bread buttered-side down.
  • Assemble each melt by placing cheese on the unbuttered side of the bread.
  • Layer tuna salad over the cheese and then add another layer of cheese over the tuna. If using a second slice of bread, layer this on top of the sandwich, buttered side out.
  • Cook/bake until browned- flipping as needed if using a second slice of bread.

  • Yum


  1. this looks soo good I must try it soon. Sometimes the best things to make are the easiest, and good for you, too!

  2. Love this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love tuna too & I will definitely try this!!



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