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The Perfect Tuna Melt

My daughter is obsessed with tuna. I will buy 10-20 cans when it goes on sale, put some at the tip top of the pantry, and somehow they always disappear by time I go to make this delicious Tuna Melt.

THIS TIME, I hid some in an undisclosed location (HA!) and was able to make this perfect Tuna Melt. It’s ooey-gooey and packed full of delicious flavor, and perfect for the nights when you just want to put something on the table super quick or for that lunch date with your friends.

The perfect Tuna Melt is ooey-gooey and packed full of delicious flavor, and perfect for the nights when you just want to put something on the table super quick or for that lunch date with your friends.

The Perfect Tuna Melt

Ingredients:

  • Tuna, 2 cans, drained
  • Onion, medium size, chopped
  • Celery, 1/2 a stalk, chopped
  • Garlic (1 clove), minced
  • Parsley, 1 tablespoon, chopped
  • Mayonnaise, 3-4 tablespoons
  • Olive Oil, 3 tablespoons, divided
  • Mozzarella, 1/3 cup, shredded
  • Bread, sliced
  • Butter, softened
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

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Directions:

Step 1: Drain water from tuna and put the tuna into a medium bowl.

Step 2: Chop onion, celery, and parsley.  Mince garlic and add ingredients to tuna.

Step 3: Add mayonnaise, olive oil, and mozzarella cheese. Combine all ingredients until well incorporated. Salt and pepper to taste.

Step 4: Place a non-stick skillet on the stove and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When the skillet is hot, take a slice of bread and generously spread butter on one side.

Step 5: Place the bread (buttered side down) in the hot skillet. Be sure to keep the temp at a consistent heat (I burned the last two of these! LOL)

The perfect Tuna Melt is ooey-gooey and packed full of delicious flavor, and perfect for the nights when you just want to put something on the table super quick or for that lunch date with your friends.Step 6: Using a spoon, scoop about 2 tablespoons of tuna salad on bread while it is browning.

Step 7: Butter another slice of bread with butter and place non-buttered side on top of tuna.

Step 8: Using a spatula, check to see if the bread is toasted brown. If so, turn the tuna melt over and grill the other side until it’s golden brown.

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The Perfect Tuna Melt
 
Ingredients
  • Tuna, 2 cans, drained
  • Onion, medium size, chopped
  • Celery, ½ a stalk, chopped
  • Garlic (1 clove), minced
  • Parsley, 1 tablespoon, chopped
  • Mayonnaise, 3-4 tablespoons
  • Olive Oil, 3 tablespoons, divided
  • Mozzarella, ⅓ cup, shredded
  • Bread, sliced
  • Butter, softened
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Drain water from tuna and put the tuna into a medium bowl.
  2. Chop onion, celery, and parsley. Mince garlic and add ingredients to tuna.
  3. Add mayonnaise, olive oil, and mozzarella cheese. Combine all ingredients until well incorporated. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place a non-stick skillet on the stove and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When the skillet is hot, take a slice of bread and generously spread butter on one side.
  5. Place the bread (buttered side down) in the hot skillet.
  6. Using a spoon, scoop about 2 tablespoons of tuna salad on bread while it is browning.
  7. Butter another slice of bread with butter and place non-buttered side on top of tuna.
  8. Using a spatula, check to see if the bread is toasted brown. If so, turn the tuna melt over and grill the other side until it's golden brown.

 



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  1. Sarah, I made your tuna melt the other day and it was delicious! The only suggestion I might offer is that I used a cast iron grill pan
    and used organic coconut oil instead of olive oil. I still buttered the bread and I added some parmesan cheese to the outside but when you cook it in coconut oil it has a higher heat point so it won’t burn. Instead, you get a crispy outside that looks fantastic. Anyway, I had never made one before and yours was absolutely delicicious! I even put pictures on my Facebook page of it lol.

    • Hey Sue – thanks for the additional tips – and Sarah, I’m definitely going to try this – tuna melts are one of my favorite meals and I tend to cook with coconut oil too. Definitely doesn’t hurt to try a perfect tuna melt. Is there a type of canned tuna or brand you prefer? Also curious what kind of bread you find works best.

  2. I just made this for lunch and it is the best tuna melt I’ve ever had! Thanks for the great recipe it’s definitely a keeper!

  3. I LOVE tuna, and tuna melts. I’m vegan now, but I may make an exception. I’ll use gluten free bread, fake cheese, and real tuna. What I wanted to tell you is that I hope your daughter doesn’t eat so much tuna these days. It’s really not safe with all the Mercury it contains. I’m sorry, but it’s really not. Mercury is the cause for Alzheimers and Autism, as well as many other problems. All the best to you!

    • Yeah, we definitely keep that in mind here. I don’t let her eat a ton of it. 🙂 I also use Cilantro essential oil as a detox for Mercury, which helps a lot. Thank you for looking out for us. <3

  4. It’s the middle of the night, but my stomach woke me up, screaming, “Feed me!” (I only ate a sandwich today, period.) I wanted to distract myself, so I got online .. and found this recipe! LOL! So, I made this sandwich. Oh man, it was good! I went down to one can, 1/2 onion, and didn’t have any celery or parley, although I bet that would have made it even better. Still, MAN THIS WAS GOOD! Gosh, if you’re reading this, try it. It was so good, I can’t wait to share this with my 18 year old daughter. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Hi, I’d like to try your tuna melt recipe, I’ve heard of tuna melts, I’ve never had one, but we are desperate for something different. What might go great as a side? Then again, tuna is pretty filling so a side may not be needed huh?
    Well thanks for sharing, I’ve pinned this tuna melt recipe, and will make it.

  6. The picture looks soooo good. I just wonder how you got the crust on all sides so crispy. I always try to do it like the pic and it never turns out this way, lol

  7. Hi Sarah- your tuna melt recipe sounds yummy. Forgive me if this is intrusive but please make sure your daughter isn’t consuming too much tuna per week. There are serious concerns with mercury buildup in your blood stream from eating too much canned tuna. You can find a lot of information on the internet.

    • Erin, thank you for letting me know. Yeah, I watch that with her very closely. Most of the time, we buy the pouches, which I think is healthier than canned. We also don’t purchase the Albacore tuna (which is higher in Mercury), but the regular chunk tuna. 🙂 Thanks again.

  8. Does this recipe make 2 sandwiches? I can’t wait to make them my husband isn’t so sure but I think he’s even gonna like them, right? Lol

  9. How many melts will this recipe make? I’m cooking it for two adults and a growing teen boy. Should I double any ingredients? Sounds absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to make it.

  10. I am a very senior senior. Do everything myself, and momentum is what keeps me going! Anyway, I just printed out The Perfect Tuna Melt and will try it out on my husband who just loves melts. His favorite at the present is Reuben, and I know this one will be right up there on top too. I may, on my second try, make it on my OptiGrill if that looks feasible. Please wish me luck!