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My Grilled Tuna Melt recipe will show you how to make a tuna melt for one. Just like a grilled cheese, but with tuna salad in between.

Updated 06/20/2020  

Two halves of a grilled tuna melt stack on top of each other, on a plate, ready to eat.

Are tuna melts good?

If you are a fan of tuna and a regular tuna sandwich, then you will love the Grilled Tuna Melt.

What sides go with tuna melts?

Here are some ideas for some sides or complimentary foods to a Grilled Tuna Melt…

  • Soup
  • Chips
  • Salad
  • Raw Vegetable Slices (such as cucumbers, zucchini, etc.)

How to make a tuna melt on the stove

Making a tuna melt on the stove is the same as making a grilled cheese.  Just add the tuna salad on the bread with the cheese. Use a frying pan or skillet to “grill” or toast the outside of the bread.

What goes good on a tuna sandwich?

Besides the cheese, of course, adding lettuce, onion, tomatoes and some chopped celery are a good start. Some people like adding sliced avocados and peppers to theirs.

Tuna Salad Recipe

My basic tuna salad recipe:

  • 1 pkg – tuna, drained
  • 1/2-3/4 cup mayo
  • 1 – chopped boiled egg
  • 2 tbsp – relish (optional)
  • Salt & pepper. 

**You can use the tuna salad that you normally use.

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Grilled Tuna Melt

My Grilled Tuna Melt recipe will show you how to make a tuna melt for one. Just like a grilled cheese, but with tuna salad in between.
Course Lunch, Main, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword crispy tuna melt, grilled tuna melt recipe, tuna salad with egg, tuna sandwich with cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 sandwich
Calories 507kcal


  • Frying Pan


  • 2 Slices bread (your choice)
  • 2 Slices American Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Tuna Salad
  • 1 Tbsp Butter


  • Butter the bread on one side.
    Slice of breat with butter on one side.
  • Place bread, butter side down, in preheated skillet (medium - medium high heat) and place one slice of the cheese on the bread.
    Bread in pan with one slice of cheese on top. Preparing to toast/make Grilled Tuna Melt.
  • Spoon the tuna salad on top of the cheese.
    Bread down with sliced cheese and tuna salad. Preparing sandwich to toast in pan.
  • Add the other slice of cheese.
    Bread side down in frying pan. Layered - cheese, tuna salad, cheese.
  • Place the other slice of bread (butter side up) on top. You can check the bottom slice to see if it's to your likin'. The bread takes 3 to 5 minutes to brown (medium heat).
    Toasting the grilled tuna melt in a pan.
  • Flip the sandwich over (be careful not to fling the tuna salad everywhere). Cook the bottom slice of bread now. Remove from pan when done. Slice and serve.
    Grilled Tuna Melt in a frying pan.




Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1384mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 752IU | Calcium: 527mg | Iron: 3mg
Close up of two halves of a grilled tuna melt stacked on top of each other on a plate.
Overhead view of a grilled tuna melt with cucumber slices on the side.
Two halves of a grilled tuna melt stacked on each other. The top half is missing a bite. There are sliced cucumbers on the side on a plate.

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