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How to Make an Easy, but Tasty Tuna Melt Sandwich in the Oven

Updated on May 16, 2014
tuna melt sandwich made with a bagel
tuna melt sandwich made with a bagel

Easy Tuna Melt Sandwich Cooked in the Oven

A tuna melt sandwich isn't too different from a grilled cheese , but it comes with tuna and cheese. So, you can follow a traditional grilled cheese recipe, add tuna and you have a traditional tuna melt sandwich, but there is a quicker way to make a hot sandwich than by frying it up in a pan. Here is my recipe for making a tuna melt sandwich in the oven using the broiler.

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Ingredients for Tuna Melt Sandwich

  • 1 can white albacore tuna
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, add mayo to taste
  • 2 slices fresh bread, Sourdough or Bagels make excellent choice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • sliced cheddar cheese, tillamook medium cheddar cheese makes excellent choice

Toasting the bread

Toast the bread and butter it
Toast the bread and butter it

Toast the bread in the toaster or broiler

While you can grill your tuna melt sandwich. When I'm in the mood for a very quick hot sandwich I prepare it more quickly.

The first step is to toast the bread in the toaster. As soon as the bread goes in the toaster, turn the oven broiler on high and move the oven rack to the top shelf. Immediately after the bread is finished toasting, spread on the butter so it melts.

tuna and cheese on bread
tuna and cheese on bread

Mix the tuna and slice the cheese

Empty the can of tuna into a bowl and mix with mayonnaise to taste. Next, slice the cheddar cheese. Place the cheese on one side of the bread and the tuna on the other side and leave the sandwich open.

bread with cheese and tuna in the oven on broil
bread with cheese and tuna in the oven on broil

Cook the tuna melt in the oven

Set the oven to broil and turn it on the high setting. Place both halves of the sandwich on the top shelf and slide them directly under the heat. The cheese will melt quickly and the tuna will heat up. Watch it closely so that it doesn't burn.

cheese and tuna melted from oven broiler
cheese and tuna melted from oven broiler

The final step of the oven broiled tuna melt sandwich

Take both halves out the oven and put them together to form a quick and easy tuna melt sandwich.

Cook Time for oven broiled tuna melt sandwich

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 1 tuna melt sandwich

The Low Carb Tuna Melt

My wife makes a variation of the tuna melt that is low carb. She takes the tuna and the cheese and puts it in a bowl with no bread. She puts the cheese on top and melts it in the broiler. When the cheese is nice and melted, she removes it from the oven and adds some tomatoes. Then she eats it!

It makes for a very quick high protein meal that we can also feed the entire family with by making the same ingredients into a sandwich.


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    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Yummy! It´s easy and cheap to make as well. Thanks for sharing this. I have to try it soon. Have a lovely day, Paul!

    • Paul Edmondson profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Edmondson 

      7 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Fixed up this hub and added recipe capsules. I just made these the other day. Hope folks enjoy the recipe.

    • tanjilovi profile image


      8 years ago from Bangladesh

      wow ... yammy ......... want to make it and eat it :P

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      I havn't had a tuna melt sandwich in years-Probably since I was a child. This looks so good that I'm gonna make one for dinner. I've never used bagels but I bet that's really good.

    • yols-a profile image


      8 years ago from Trinidad and Tobago

      Great way to make a tuna sandwich plan to try it.

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      fernando d 

      8 years ago

      by the looks of the salad(tuna) it missing the key ingredient salary. to fix your bad breath,when you eat it.

    • Gloshei profile image


      8 years ago from France

      Hi Paul this is a great idea and what a hub, voted up.

      It was suggested to me by hubs to view as I still have a problem with some of my hubs for content etc. After looking at this I see what they mean.

      One question please! at the start you have a bagel and view all photos, is that easy to do? and how do you do it?

      Bookmarked as a reference.

    • rambansal profile image

      Ram Bansal 

      8 years ago from India

      nice hub and nice recipe. thanks for sharing.

    • NP.QUEEN profile image


      8 years ago from Dubai

      Quick and tasty i think....

      I will try to make.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      That sounds absolutely great.

    • gramarye profile image


      9 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Looks good, I'll try it one night for an easy meal. I never thought to do it this way, I usually make the sandwich first then cook the outside Der - this looks much better!

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      L M Reid 

      9 years ago from Ireland

      You make this easy hot sandwich look soo good. I have no tuna tonight but I am going out to the kitchen right now to make some toast. That photo you have of the toast with the melted butter is just too tasty looking to ignore.

    • ocbill profile image


      9 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      darned pictures and melted cheddar cheese!! As one Speilberg character stated, "Resistance is Futile. It is your destiny".

      Now, I gotta have one, although I usually add some chopped onions as well. Thanks

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      Peg Cole 

      9 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      We'll be over for lunch. I'll bring the dessert. I love tuna and this is a great new way to prepare it that sounds delicious. Mouthwatering pics, too.

    • Philipo profile image


      9 years ago from Nigeria

      Wao. Very appetising. Just a little to eat please.

    • Sinea Pies profile image

      Sinea Pies 

      9 years ago from Northeastern United States

      We have tuna melts all the time at our house...and I have done the Atkins approach, as well. I'll bet your wife says she doesn't even miss the bread! Warm tuna with cheese is tasty, all on its own! Your hubs make me hungry, Paul.

    • Barbara Kay profile image

      Barbara Badder 

      9 years ago from USA

      When I was in high school they served these in a bun and baked them. They called them Sea Burgers. I still make one myself once in awhile. I always loved them.

    • sincerely25 profile image


      9 years ago from United States

      This doesn't sound to good.

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      alastar packer 

      9 years ago

      Haven't eaten Tuna fish in a long time but that is going to change with this delicious new recipe.The lady of the house will be perusing it this evening.

    • sherrylou57 profile image


      9 years ago from Riverside

      This is my speciality, I made this in the restaurant where I worked and I still make it today. Yummy in the tummy, sandwiches!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      9 years ago from Wales

      Mmm I can almost taste this one. Thank you for sharing.

      Take care


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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      9 years ago from San Francisco

      Hooooly crap.... that looks DELICIOUS!!! Those photos are awesome!! I must concoct a vegetarian version of this... somehow... O_O

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      Cheryl LeKane 

      9 years ago

      Gosh, I'm gonna get one of those made tonight!! Thanks Paul, that looks delicious!

    • Ingenira profile image


      9 years ago

      Looks so easy and yummy ! Thanks for sharing.

    • Paul Edmondson profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Edmondson 

      9 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I'll make you one. I made them for the girls tonight.

    • gredmondson profile image


      9 years ago from San Francisco, California

      I want you to make me one of those.


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