Easy Tuna Melt Recipe

Last Updated on December 29, 2023 by Candi Randolph

Let’s talk tuna. Yes, you heard right! Tuna, that versatile little fish that makes our salads sing and our sandwiches super. But did you know not all tuna is created equal? Oh, it’s true! Choosing good quality tuna can be a game-changer for your taste buds and your health. It’s perfect for an easy tuna melt recipe – more on that below!

Easy Tuna Melt Recipe

First, high-quality tuna is packed with protein, and we all know how much we need that for our muscle health, right? But there’s more. It’s also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are like little love notes for our heart health. Plus, it’s low in fat and calories, making it a fabulous choice for those of us keeping an eye on our waistline. And let’s not forget about the taste – oh, the taste! Good quality tuna is a flavor sensation that will make your mouth water.

Now, let’s move on to the bread. You might be thinking, “Bread is bread, right?” Well, not quite. Have you ever tried sprouted bread? If not, you’re in for a treat! Sprouted bread is made from whole grains that have been allowed to sprout, or germinate, before being milled into flour. This process increases the nutritional value of the bread, making it easier to digest and boosting the availability of certain nutrients.

Compared to regular bread, sprouted bread has a lower glycemic index, meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar levels as quickly. It’s also higher in protein and fiber, which can help keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer. And the taste? It’s a delightful, nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with our superstar tuna.

So next time you’re whipping up a tuna melt sandwich, why not try it with high-quality tuna and sprouted bread? Your taste buds – and your body – will thank you. Trust us, it’s worth the switch. After all, who said healthy can’t be delicious? Want to give it a try? My recipe is simple and easy.

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Easy Tuna Melt Recipe

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If you’re searching for an easy Tuna Melt recipe, I’ve got you covered. Why? Well…I don’t make anything that’s too complicated. If I see a recipe with a long list of ingredients my eyes glaze over. So I keep it simple. That’s how I roll. This recipe has 6 ingredients. Perfect!

My husband and I would enjoy Tuna Melts for a simple dinner at least once a week. Now, I enjoy them myself at about the same pace, always remembering him with love. That’s the cool thing about food, or songs, or places. They can conjure up wonderful memories of loved ones.

Anyhoo, back to the easy Tuna Melt recipe. This one is ridiculously simple, but that’s what you want, so that’s what you’re going to get.

The ingredients are relatively clean, too.

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This recipe makes 2 sandwiches.

Here are some of my favorite ingredients, and then we’ll move on to the recipe.

First, I always use a sprouted bread, whether it’s Ezekiel or another brand. I’ve grown so accustomed to the taste and texture it is my go-to choice for bread. My sprouted bread typically has grains and seeds in it too. I like the added texture and crunch.

Skip Jack Tuna from Wild Planet

The canned tuna that I’m currently in love with is from Wild Planet. It’s the Skip Jack tuna and although it costs more than many other brands, it is well worth it. The taste and texture are wonderful, and never a fishy smell or taste.

TIP:  If you use this tuna, DON’T DRAIN IT! The liquid in the can is meant to be mixed in with the tuna.

When it comes to the butter, I only use real, salted butter. Unsalted is fine if that is what you prefer. But please, no ‘fake butter’ substitutes unless you are required to for medical reasons. Real butter is the only way to go.

  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 2 sandwiches 1x

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Instructions

  1. As you begin to prepare the Tuna Melts, heat a saucepan on Med-Low to Medium heat, but no higher. You don’t want the Tuna Melt to heat too quickly or burn the bread.
  2. Open and mix the tuna with the liquid in the can (if you are using the Wild Planet tuna) until well blended. If using another brand of tuna, drain well (or follow instructions on the can) Add mayonnaise and mix well.
  3. Place about 3 to 4 oz. of tuna on each slice of bread.
  4. Top with 2 slices of cheese per sandwich.
  5. Add 1 to 1 1/2 slices of tomato per sandwich, if desired.
  6. Place the other slices of bread on top of each to complete the sandwich.
  7. Butter the top piece of bread.
  8. Carefully place the sandwich butter side down in a heated sauce pan.
  9. Butter the top piece of bread on each sandwich.
  10. Saute the sandwich for 2 to 3 minutes, watching it so the bottom doesn’t get too dark.
  11. Flip the sandwiches and saute the other side.
  12. When the cheese is melted and the sandwich is crisp and medium brown on both sides, remove from heat.
  13. Let stand for about 1 minute.
  14. Cut each sandwich in half and enjoy!

Notes

You can substitute any type of bread for this recipe, as well as the brand of tuna. 

To make the sandwich a little bit healthier, opt for just one slice of cheese per sandwich, and use the butter sparingly. It still tastes great!

  • Author: Candi Randolph
  • Prep Time: 10 min.
  • Cook Time: 6 – 8 min.
  • Category: Sandwiches

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
  • Calories: 343
  • Sugar: 1.4 g
  • Sodium: 429 mg
  • Fat: 20.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.2 g
  • Protein: 24.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 72.5 mg

So, what are you waiting for, my friend? Use what you have in the pantry or head to the grocery store and pick up the brands used in this recipe. Either way, enjoy a hot, freshly made tuna melt today!

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If you’re searching for an easy Tuna Melt recipe, I’ve got you covered. Why? Well…I don’t make anything that’s too complicated. If I see a recipe with a long list of ingredients my eyes glaze over. So I keep it simple. That’s how I roll. This recipe has 6 ingredients. Perfect!

My husband and I would enjoy Tuna Melts for a simple dinner at least once a week. Now, I enjoy them myself at about the same pace, always remembering him with love. That’s the cool thing about food, or songs, or places. They can conjure up wonderful memories of loved ones.

Anyhoo, back to the easy Tuna Melt recipe. This one is ridiculously simple, but that’s what you want, so that’s what you’re going to get.

The ingredients are relatively clean, too.

 


 

Here are some of my favorite ingredients, and then we’ll move on to the recipe.

First, I always use a sprouted bread, whether it’s Ezekiel or another brand. I’ve grown so accustomed to the taste and texture it is my go-to choice for bread. My sprouted bread typically has grains and seeds in it too. I like the added texture and crunch.

Skip Jack Tuna from Wild Planet

The canned tuna that I’m currently in love with is from Wild Planet. It’s the Skip Jack tuna and although it costs more than many other brands, it is well worth it. The taste and texture are wonderful, and never a fishy smell or taste.

TIP:  If you use this tuna, DON’T DRAIN IT! The liquid in the can is meant to be mixed in with the tuna.

When it comes to the butter, I only use real, salted butter. Unsalted is fine, if that is what you prefer. But please, no substitutes unless you are required to for medical reasons. Real butter is the only way to go.

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Easy Tuna Melt Recipe

Course Lunch

Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 6-8 min
Passive Time 1 min

Servings
sandwiches


Ingredients
  • 4 slices sprouted bread or any type of bread you enjoy
  • 2 - 5 oz cans Wild Planet Skip Jack Tuna or canned tuna of choice
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Dukes Mayonnaise or similar
  • 4 slices Sargento Cheddar Jack cheese or sliced cheese of your choice
  • 1 tomato, sliced optional
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons soft butter

Course Lunch

Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 6-8 min
Passive Time 1 min

Servings
sandwiches


Ingredients
  • 4 slices sprouted bread or any type of bread you enjoy
  • 2 - 5 oz cans Wild Planet Skip Jack Tuna or canned tuna of choice
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Dukes Mayonnaise or similar
  • 4 slices Sargento Cheddar Jack cheese or sliced cheese of your choice
  • 1 tomato, sliced optional
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons soft butter

Easy Tuna Melt Recipe


Instructions
  1. As you begin to prepare the Tuna Melts, heat a saucepan on Med-Low to Medium heat, but no higher. You don't want the Tuna Melt to heat too quickly or burn the bread.

  2. Open and mix the tuna with the liquid in the can (if you are using the Wild Planet tuna) until well blended. If using another brand of tuna, drain well (or follow instructions on the can) Add mayonnaise and mix well.

  3. Place about 3 to 4 oz. of tuna on each slice of bread.

  4. Top with 2 slices of cheese per sandwich.

  5. Add 1 to 1 1/2 slices of tomato per sandwich, if desired.

  6. Place the other slices of bread on top of each to complete the sandwich.
    Butter the top piece of bread.

  7. Carefully place the sandwich butter side down in a heated sauce pan.

  8. Butter the top piece of bread on each sanwich.

  9. Saute the sandwich for 2 to 3 minutes, watching it so the bottom doesn't get too dark.
    Flip the sandwiches and saute the other side.

  10. When the cheese is melted and the sandwich is crisp and medium brown on both sides, remove from heat.
    Let stand for about 1 minutes.
    Cut each sandwich in half and enjoy!

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