Deluxe Tuna Melts

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Try these Deluxe Tuna Melts quickly broiled in the oven for a quick and easy lunch.

overhead shot of four tuna melts on a baking sheet set on a blue and white striped towel

I like to think of this recipe as a really good one for lunch, and it makes for a super easy dinner too. Deluxe Tuna Melts are delicious with a little side salad and your favorite beverage. I’d choose chardonnay or ice cold lemonade. One open-faced slice makes one serving, but if you’re really hungry then you might gobble up two.

close up of tuna melt on a baking sheet

How to make Deluxe Tuna Melts:

It’s so easy to make these tuna melts. You’ll need a large can of tuna. That tuna is squeezed dry and added to mayonnaise, celery, parsley, sweet pickle relish and lemon juice. The tuna mixture is spread onto four slices of sourdough bread. Shredded cheddar cheese is sprinkled on top. And then the tuna and cheese topped slices are heated under the oven broiler until toasty. That’s it!

overhead shot of two tuna melts on a white plate with a fork

Types of canned tuna:

There are many kinds of canned tuna, but the most common varieties are white tuna or light tuna. White tuna is albacore with a firm texture and light color. It has a mild flavor. Light tuna is a mix of several smaller species of tuna. It’s pale pink in color and has a softer texture and is more flavorful.

I prefer to use the albacore (white tuna) for my Deluxe Tuna Melts because I like a more mild tuna flavor. The light tuna is a bit fishy for my taste.

overhead shot of tuna melt with salad on a white plate with a knife and fork.

The best bread for tuna melts:

Sourdough is the best bread for pairing with seafood!  It’s the bread that works best with clam chowder– that tangy flavor dipped in hot and creamy clam chowder is perfect. And I feel the same way about pairing sourdough bread with these Deluxe Tuna Melts. It’s the best! You can just buy the regular sourdough sandwich bread. Or you can also slice from a large loaf of sourdough.

tuna melt on a white plate with salad

Make ahead suggestions:

You can certainly make the tuna mixture ahead of time and then top the bread and broil it just before serving. Alternately, you can certainly make the tuna mixture and broil just one open-faced sandwich to enjoy. If it’s just you, then you’ll have enough to enjoy making these sandwiches for four days in a row!

bit of a tuna melt on a fork with the rest of the tuna melt on a white plate with salad

For an easy meal, make these Deluxe Tuna Melts. Enjoy!

Here are a few more sandwich recipes you might like to try:

overhead shot of four tuna melts on a baking sheet set on a blue and white striped towel
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Deluxe Tuna Melt

Simple meal to make with canned tuna!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 451kcal
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Keyword sandwiches,, tuna


  • One 12-ounce can white albacore tuna, packed in water (drained)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • Preheat your oven's broiler.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients (except bread and cheese). Toss with a fork until well-mixed.
  • Place the bread slices on a broiler pan or baking sheet. Divide the tuna mixture evenly among the slices. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the tuna mixture.
  • Place under the oven broiler and grill until the tops just begin to bubble (about 4 minutes). Be careful not to let the cheese brown too much, and you don't want the bread to burn.
  • Serve immediately.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 992mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 656IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 253mg | Iron: 4mg
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