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If you have been following along you know that I have gone back to working out regularly and not skipping meals. The goal is to get back to my pre-Vermont winter weight. I talked more about this in my Chickpea Tuna Salad post a few weeks ago.
It is funny, because the idea for this tuna melt sandwich recipe came from my husband. Though he is a big supporter of Foolproof Living and my work in general, I wouldn’t call him someone who has any interest in cooking. I was happily surprised when he pitched the idea of sharing this recipe as an alternative to that salad.
In addition to being very flavorful, these tuna melts are quite easy to make and come together in about 30 minutes.
Intrigued? Let’s break it down.
About This Tuna Melt Sandwich Recipe:
Before I go into the details of the recipe, please know that you can customize this sandwich in so many ways. In my version here, I chose burger buns, but your favorite toast or even English muffin would work as well.
I personally think the best cheese for tuna melt sandwich is cheddar (obviously because I live in Vermont), but Havarti, provolone, and mozzarella would work as well. In terms of tuna, I used Wild Selections Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, but you can also use their version in oil as well.
Feel free to play around with what you like and have on hand.
How To Make a Tuna Melt Sandwich?
The process of making this sandwich has there folds.
- Make the tuna salad: Make the tuna mixture by combining tuna, hard-boiled egg, pickles, celery, parsley, and mayo in a bowl. We love vegan mayonnaise so I used that, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
- Bake in the oven: Top both the top and bottom burger bun with cheese and tuna mixture and bake in the oven until the cheese melts. This happens rather quickly (8-10 minutes) so keep a close eye on it.
- Assemble the tuna melt sandwich: Once it is warm and melted, third step is the assembly. I used a few slices of avocado, cucumber, and tomato along with a few leaves of salad greens as toppings for color and crunch.
Tuna Melt Calories and Ways to Switch It Up
The calorie count mostly depends on the amount and type of bread and cheese you use. As you can see in the photos, I sliced a burger bun and used both the top and bottom slices to turn into a sandwich. The calorie count for this version is 550 calories.
However, if you prefer cutting down on calories, I would recommend eliminating one of the slices of bread (and cheese) and turning this into a Open-Face Tuna Melt instead. I love that version as well and usually make it if I am serving this for dinner.
Tuna Melt Sandwich Recipe
For The Tuna Mixture:
- 2 cans 5 oz. Wild Selections Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water
- 4 stalks of celery chopped
- 2-3 small pickles chopped
- 1 hard boiled egg peeled and chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
For the Sandwich:
- 4 hamburger buns sliced in half as you see in the photos (or your favorite toast)
- 8 slices of cheddar cheese or provolone, mozzarella or Havarti would also work
- 1 cucumber sliced thinly
- 1 ripe avocado sliced
- 1 large tomato sliced
- ½ cup salad greens or arugula
- 4 cornichon as garnish optional
- To make the tuna mixture: Mix together Wild Selections Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, celery, pickles, egg, parsley, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Taste for seasoning and add in if necessary.
- To make the sandwiches: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Place 1 slice of cheese on the bottom half of a bun and top it off with ½ cup of the tuna mixture. Place another slice of cheese on the top bun. Place both of them (facing up) on the sheet pan. Repeat the same process with the rest of the buns.
- Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until cheese melts. Take it out of the oven and let it cool for a minute.
- To Assemble: Layer each bottom bun (the one with the tuna mixture) with sliced cucumber, avocado, tomato, and a green salad leaf. Put the top bun.
- If preferred, garnish with a cornichon (as seen in the photos) and serve.
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How to make a tuna melt sandwich on the stove?
Alternatively, you can make this sandwich on the stove in a skillet. Though I think you would get better results if you were to use (a crusty) toast or English muffins as your bread.
If you decide to do so, lightly butter your bread on both sides. Put cheese on the other side of each slice, place a few tablespoons of the tuna mixture, avocado, and tomato slices on one of the slices.
Put the second slice (with the buttered side on top). Place it on the hot skillet and cook both sides until lightly browned.
If you go with this method, your sandwich will be more of a Grilled Tuna Melt Sandwich. I make the grilled version during the summer months when I don’t feel like turning the oven on.
How to make this Tuna Melt Sandwich ahead?
If you want to make this sandwich ahead of time, I recommend making the tuna mixture and keeping it in the fridge in an airtight container a day in advance.The most time consuming part of this recipe is putting together the tuna mixture, so if you have that ready the rest comes together in less than 15 minutes.
What to do with leftovers?
The recipe below serves 4 people. If you are serving it to less than 4 people, I would recommend keeping the tuna mixture in an airtight container and in the fridge and assembling sandwiches right before serving. The tuna mixture will keep fresh up to 2 days.
Other seafood recipes for dinner
- Skinny Shrimp Scampi
- Breaded Fish Recipe
- Chickpea Tuna Salad
- Ahi Tuna Salad
- Shrimp Scampi with Linguine
- Slow Baked Salmon
- Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce
- Salmon Nicoise Salad
A Quick Note on Why Love Wild Selections:
When folks at Wild Selections were interested in collaborating in a recipe post, I jumped at the opportunity. If you are not familiar with them, allow me to explain.
Wild Selections is a brand that truly cares about and deeply acts on sustainability. They source their wild-caught seafood only from ocean areas that have been certified sustainable to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Standard – the world’s leading certification program for wild-caught, sustainable seafood for the past 20 years. This assessment and certification of oceans areas by MSC ensure that fish stocks are healthy, well managed and plentiful.
Last but not least, each of their products is traceable to the ocean where it was caught so you know where your food comes from and can feel good about it. If you are like me, prefer consuming food that is produced with the well-being of our environment in mind, you will love Wild Selections.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.