Tuna Melt

Given a chance, I tend to proclaim my love for bread unabashedly. I mean, how can you not fall in love with all that carb goodness especially when it's adorned with salted butter or say cheese ;)?

Growing up my tiffin box mostly consisted of bread and butter or bread omelet or bread and beef fry. Though I've outgrown many of my childhood likes and habits, this is one thing I still hold close.

I'm happy and thankful that Jose shares my love for bread. The only difference is that he likes only white bread whereas I love bread with any kinda flour, as long as some flavor and texture are there.

We both love sandwiches and so it's something I make often.

This Tuna Melt is one of the simplest sandwiches that you can make at home. Just mix together a few ingredients and it hardly takes 5-6 mins to cook it.

If you are not a fan of tuna, you can use chicken and follow the rest of the recipe. Have some salad on the side and this is a very filling meal.

Here is the recipe…

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Tuna Melt

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Course: Appetiser, Dinner, Evening Snack, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tuna Melt Sandwich, Tuna Sandwich, Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 2 tins Canned tuna (100 gms nt.weight each)
  • 1 medium Onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Chopped parsley leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp Chopped celery (optional)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 – 3 slices Thick bread (I used sourdough bread (refer notes))
  • 1 medium Tomato (slices into rounds)
  • 4 slices Cheese (Any melting cheese, I used Gouda slices)


  • Preheat the oven at 200 C for 5 mins, before using it.
  • Drain the water/oil from canned tuna completely. Flake it with a fork. Add 1/4 cup mayonnaise, chopped parsley, celery, lemon juice to the drained and flaked tuna. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Apply the rest of the mayonnaise on one side of the bread slices. Top it with the tuna mixture.
  • Spread tomato slices and cheese on top of the tuna mixture.
  • Broil in a preheated oven at 200 C, for 4-5 mins or until the cheese is melted and browned a bit.


You can add onions or pickled jalapenos or capers to the tuna mixture. Be careful while adding salt, since tuna is already salty.
You can use cooked and shredded chicken instead of tuna and follow the rest of the recipe. 
You can also grill it on stove top. Cover the bread to melt the cheese. If using stove top, make sure you apply mayo on both sides of the bread.
You can also use regular white bread, but make sure you dont load it with the tuna mixture. 
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