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Tuna Melt Sandwich

Tuna melt sandwiches are easy to make and a delicious combination of creamy tuna salad and melted cheese sandwiched between two slices of crispy bread.
Course Sandwich
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 421kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


For the Sandwiches:

  • 8 slices multigrain bread or sandwich bread of choice
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided


  • In a medium bowl, combine all of the tuna salad ingredients. Use a fork to flake the tuna, then stir until everything is well combined.
  • Assemble the tuna melts by setting all of the bread on a work surface. Top each slice of bread with a slice of cheese. To four slices of bread, add about ½ cup of prepared tuna salad, smoothing it into an even layer. Top the tuna with remaining bread and cheese.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-low heat. Once the butter is melted, add two sandwiches and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted. To encourage melting, cover the sandwiches with a pot lid once you flip them over.
  • Add remaining butter to the skillet and repeat the process with the remaining sandwiches.


Storage: Transfer the leftover sandwich to an airtight container or tightly wrap in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the sandwiches in a dry skillet over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until heated through. Cover the skillet, if needed, to allow even heat distribution. 
Drain the tuna well. Thoroughly drain the canned tuna to prevent the sandwich from becoming too watery and soggy.
Mix tuna salad well. Make sure to combine well so all the ingredients in the tuna salad are evenly distributed for balanced flavor in every bite.
Cover the skillet if necessary. After flipping the sandwiches, cover the skillet with a lid to trap heat and encourage cheese melting, resulting in a gooey, melted interior.
Serve immediately. A classic tuna melt is best enjoyed hot off the skillet when the cheese is still gooey and the bread is crispy.


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 826mg | Potassium: 392mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 661IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 379mg | Iron: 3mg