A Classic Tuna Melt is among well known lunch recipes ever. A tuna melt is a warm, open-faced sandwich made out of tuna salad and topped with tomato and melted cheese. The central ingredient is canned tuna – aka “tuna fish”.
There are some who think the very best tuna melt recipes absolutely must be made with American cheese and toasted white bread. (Just how many moms used to do.) But I use an English muffin in my own tuna melt recipe, since it stands up well and any juices seep into the little holes for more yum. I believe you’ll agree, cheddar produces a really tasty sandwich. Just a little dash of Dijon mustard and lemon juice in the tuna salad also adds some zest to the recipe.
Learning to make a Tuna Melt
To make the best tuna melt recipe, begin by preparing a tuna fish salad! Simply mix the ingredients together (this part can be achieved in advance but if it’s cold from the fridge, it might take longer to bake).
Open Face or Closed?
We’ve always had tuna melts as an open faced sandwich (with no top bread) nevertheless, you can do it in any event. It’s personal preference. As kids, we’d have this over leftover hot dog or hamburger buns so really, any bread is great with this! English muffins endure so well to the heavier toppings.
Assemble the Tuna Melt Sandwiches the following:
- Cut the cheddar and tomato
- Place the English muffin halves on a cookie sheet and toast until lightly browned.
- Place scoops of tuna salad on each muffin half, and top each with a slice of tomato (if desired) and several cheddar slices.
- Bake in the oven until the cheese is melted and gooey, and serve.
- Tuna melt is virtually a complete meal in itself. A spear of dill pickle and a small number of potato chips are virtually all you need on the side. Or, if you would like to decorate your plate somewhat – say if you’re fixing tuna melt sandwiches for company – then look at a side of carrot salad with raisins, to offset the saltiness of the tuna and cheese.
This simple, tasty sandwich always sparks memories of mom’s home cooking, and perhaps that’s why “tuna melts my heart.” I am hoping it melts yours too!
Tuna Melt Variations
Tuna melt is easy enough you could have a lot of fun using ingredients and inventing variations on the theme. Go on and get creative! Here are some ideas:
- American Classic: Tuna fish salad, Wonder white bread, American cheese or Velveeta, fresh tomato.
- NY Deli: Tuna salad, pumpernickel bagels, dill pickle slabs, NY cheddar.
- Apple Pie: Tuna salad mixed with chopped pecans & dried currants, fresh apple slices, brioche hamburger rolls, extra sharp cheddar cheese.
- Hot and Spicy: Tuna salad, canned jalapeno slices, soft wheat taco shells, roasted red pepper (canned or from a jar), pepper jack cheese.
- Californian: Tuna salad, avocado slices, slivered almonds, asiago cheese, wholegrain bread.
A classic tuna melt is one of our favorite lunch recipes! This can be made on any type of bread for an easy meal!
- 1 tomato sliced
- 2 english muffins halved
- 2 oz cheddar cheese
- 6 oz white flaked tuna in water drained
- 1 stalk celery finely diced
- 1 green onion sliced
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon dijon
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Combine tuna salad ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
Place the English muffin halves on a baking sheet and broil 2-3 minutes or until they start to brown. Remove from the oven.
Divide the tuna mixture over the English muffins.Top with tomato slices and cheddar cheese.
Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Broil 1 minute if desired.
- Calories: 590
- Sugar: 2
- Sodium: 921
- Fat: 39
- Carbohydrates: 29
- Fiber: 2
- Protein: 29
- Cholesterol: 76
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