Tuna melt

Posted December 10, 2022

Last Updated: March 17, 2023

Tuna melt with toated bread and cheese


  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 4-ounce can of tuna fish, drained (or make your own tuna conserva)
  • 2 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. of Hungarian paprika
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup of red bell (or chili) pepper, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp. parsley chopped
  • 2 slices of tomato


  1. In a food processor, combine mayonnaise, mustard, paprika, red onion, bell pepper, salt and pepper. Process until well combined.
  2. Mix seasoning mixture with tuna in a mixing bowl. To make it more homogenous, use a hand mixer.
  3. Butter bread slices. Add the cheese on the unbuttered side, butter side down. Then top with the tuna mixture. Add tomato and more cheese on top.
  4. Heat a pan on medium-low the pan, place the sandwich and cook for a couple of minutes or until the cheese melts and the bread turns golden. When the cheese is melted and the sandwich is golden brown, flip it over and continue cooking.

Tuna melt

Can we elevate the classic tuna melt?

Most of us have memories of a tuna sandwich in our lunchboxes from our school days. Let's have the sandwich grow up with us. Instead of a cold salad on un-toasted bread, let's think about what it means to make it for ourselves, heated up. From here, the possibilities are endless.

A tuna melt is a classic sandwich that with canned tuna, mayonnaise, and sometimes other ingredients such as celery, onion, or pickles. You spread the mixture on plain white bread, and top with cheese before grilling or broiling. The cheese can be cheddar, American or Swiss. The sandwich is usually served hot and melted.

A tuna melt can be an delicious and comforting meal, the combination of tuna and mayonnaise create a creamy and flavorful filling that pairs well with the toasted bread and melted cheese. The sandwich can also feature more ingredients such as lettuce, tomato, or avocado to add more flavor and texture.

Tuna is a great source of lean protein, and it's also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health and brain function. Additionally, canned tuna is a convenient and affordable option for adding more seafood to your diet.

You can make this as healthy or as rich as you want. You can swap out a tuna packed in spring water and use whole wheat bread to lower calories and fat. You can even make a wrap and press it in a panini maker. Here, we take a rich, fulfilling approach.

And there's the sandwich. Take a low heat and slow approach to browning the bread and melting the cheese. Then, the sandwich becomes light and fluffy. I would recommend enjoying the crispy crunch and right away.