Tuna Melt Recipe

Tuna melt
Tuna melts, the glorified tuna sandwich, or are they a glorified grilled cheese sandwich? Either way, they are extremely delicious. I hadn’t made tuna melt in awhile so the other night I decided it was time to bring them back once again, and they didn’t disappoint. In fact, they were so good the next day I wanted to make them again. Tuna melts have been around for awhile and I’m sure many of you probably eat them quite often. But if they are new to you, tuna melts are basically tuna salad and a grilled cheese sandwich combined. I have come across many recipes for tuna melts in the past, but I think this one is the best. This recipe is very flexible and you can add more or less depending on your preferences. If you don’t have much time and are looking for a quick, easy, inexpensive, and great tasting lunch or dinner this is perfect for you. Let me know what you think.

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Tuna Melt Recipe

Yield: 2 Servings


  • 2 (6 oz) cans solid white tuna (well drained)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise (or use more if desired)
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 large celery rib (finely chopped)
  • 2 green onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • seasoning salt (to taste)
  • ground lemon pepper or black pepper (to taste)
  • 4 slices French bread (or Italian or Sour Dough will work)
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese (or shredded Swiss)
  • Butter or margarine (for cooking)


  1. In a bowl combine tuna fish, mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery rib, green onions, and parsley. Add seasoning salt and lemon or black pepper to taste, and mix well.
  2. Compile the sandwich by layering a slice of bread, then the tuna mixture, some Swiss cheese, then tomato’s followed by more Swiss cheese. Butter a slice of bread and lay it on top of the sandwich (butter side up).
  3. Heat your skillet or griddle on medium heat. Place the sandwiches butter side down into your skillet. Lightly butter the slice of bread that’s facing upwards. Cook for a few minutes until nicely browned (watch them so they don’t burn) and with a metal spatula (use plastic if using a non-stick pan) flip sandwich over and cook on the other side until it’s browned. Remove from pan and serve immediately.

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23 Responses to “Tuna Melt Recipe”

  1. angilina — March 26, 2008 @ 11:17 pm


    Thanks for sharing this tasty looking recipe.

    The pictures are making in hungry, I guess I have to go now, and make one for myself 🙂

  2. Adam Hyman — March 27, 2008 @ 6:42 pm

    That looks great! not too complicated either!

    I’ve just started to cook properly and I like your recipes, because although they’re not very complicated, they’re delicious!

  3. turnthescrew — March 28, 2008 @ 6:02 am

    Dang! The photos alone have my mouth watering…guess I know what I’m making for lunch next week. Thanks for this! 🙂

  4. Bobby — March 28, 2008 @ 7:35 am

    angilina- thanks for the comment. It really is that good 🙂

    Adam- Thanks, I try and provide recipes as easy a possible with them still tasting great.

    turnthescrew- Haha, go for it! You wont be disappointed!

  5. Flanboyant Eats — March 30, 2008 @ 6:50 pm

    what a great recipe on an old classic…

  6. Bobby — March 30, 2008 @ 7:05 pm

    Flanboyant Eats- Thanks. It’s funny, tuna melts have been around forever and I just tried one for the first time about a couple years ago.

  7. Summer — March 30, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

    WOW!! your photos are GRRRRRRRRRREAT! i love your recipes, i am going to try some of them out and post a video of my cooking on my blog in the next few weeks.
    Welcome to the foodie blogroll!

  8. Bobby — March 30, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

    Summer- Thanks! Let me know when the videos are up, I would love to watch them.

  9. Chantix — April 2, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

    Wow! Your photos alone temps me to print out your recipe! I want to try this at home! You wouldn’t stop me to, would you?
    Thanks for the share, Bob!

  10. Bounce House — April 16, 2008 @ 12:12 am

    WOW…the picture alone is the yummiest thing I’ve seen lately 🙂

  11. Mark — April 17, 2008 @ 3:09 am

    I am on a diet lately and now I feel sorry for myself. Any idea how many calories it has?

  12. Bobby — April 17, 2008 @ 11:42 am

    Bounce House – thanks for the comment. You should give it a try.

    Mark – I would say one sandwich probably runs about 600 calories.

  13. Patty — September 14, 2008 @ 11:22 am

    Looks great!! I have tried on onion bun halves to make open face tuna melts under the broiler until the cheese is melted and the recipe is wonderful that way also!!

  14. Nicole — October 14, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

    I made this and posted it on my blog. I loved it. Thanks for the recipe.

  15. Brenda — January 24, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

    I decided that I had a huge craving for something with Tuna, so I came on here to find this specific recipe.

    Unfortunately I had NOTHING that the recipe called for so I made my own version of this.
    But thank you for the inspiration.

    : D

  16. jacqueline — November 2, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

    thats it!!!!!!! it’s tuna melt for dinner tonight.

  17. Ellen — November 8, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

    These look great. I’ve always made tuna melts open faced somehow, running under the broiler to melt the cheese. But these look great!

  18. Jennifer — September 27, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    These were very good and thats coming from a family that doesnt like tuna

  19. Pamela Dean — February 15, 2012 @ 12:52 am



  20. Prrollt — March 7, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    What a great recipe, many thanks!!!

  21. Cblack — June 1, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    Add ghost peppers


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