Tuna melt sandwich

Tuna melt sandwich

20 min
Classic American tuna melt − a cheesy tuna sandwich that is quick to make and utterly delicious. A spicy tuna mix made with jalapeño cream cheese and cheddar cheese is sandwiched between butter-fried crunchy bread, allowing the cheese to melt and the flavours to meld. Make our easy tuna melt recipe for yourself or guests and serve it as a luxurious breakfast or a warm lunch with a crispy salad on the side.


  • Drain tuna and place in a bowl.
  • Mix with the other ingredients to make a spread.
  • Spread butter on the slices of bread. Place them buttered side down.
  • Distribute the tuna spread on four bread slices. Top with the remaining slices, buttered side out.
  • Fry the sandwiches in a frying pan or sandwich grill.

To avoid a soggy sandwich, think about the bread. First, use leftover or stale bread to get the best crisped-up golden crust with the perfect interior. Leftover bread is typically drier than fresh bread, making it crisp up perfectly. Also, you can lightly toast the bread before adding the tuna and cheese to ensure your sandwich remains crisp.


Drain the tuna well before mixing it with cream cheese and cheddar. This prevents the sandwich from becoming too moist and ensures a more concentrated tuna flavour.

Questions about tuna melt sandwich

This American classic is beloved for its gooey, cheesy texture and harmonious, rich flavours. We believe it is simply delicious, and if you keep reading below, you can learn more about it.

What is a tuna melt?
A tuna melt is a classic American sandwich that combines the savoury taste of tuna salad with the gooey richness of melted cheese. All sandwiched between two slices of crisply toasted bread. It is typically butter-fried in a pan or toasted in the oven, and the result is a contrast between the crispiness of the bread and the melty, savoury filling.
How to cook a tuna melt sandwich?
In this recipe, we recommend frying the assembled sandwich in a frying pan or sandwich grill. You can also cook it in the oven.
What cheese goes on a tuna melt sandwich?
You can use any type of cheese that melts well. In our recipe, we opt for cream cheese in the tuna mixture to give it a gooier centre and a sharp and tangy cheddar cheese that melts well. You can also use Emmental for its sweet and slightly nutty flavour, mozzarella for its mildness, or gouda for a creamy and mild experience, all with excellent melting abilities.


Tuna in oil
1 can
Jalapeño cream cheese
150 g
Grated cheddar cheese
100 g
Dried oregano
1 tsp
Bread for toasting
8 slices

Enjoy a delicious American classic

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with a homemade tuna melt sandwich. It is an American classic combining elements from grilled cheese sandwiches and tuna salad. A tuna melt shows the simple pleasure of good food, offering a warm, melty delight in every bite. Try our recipe and enjoy a crispy, golden bread with a slightly spicy tuna and melted cheese spread.

Tuna and melted cheese in a luxurious combination

At the heart of this sandwich is the deliciously tender tuna and melty cheddar cheese. The cheddar brings a sharp, tangy depth that perfectly complements the savoury tuna, and with the jalapeño cream cheese in the mix, you get a rich and creamy filling. This pairing is a classic for a reason, giving you a luxurious combination of flavours and textures that is both familiar and wonderfully satisfying.

Enclosed by butter-fried bread

The bread is buttered and grilled to achieve a golden crust that effortlessly holds the creamy, luscious tuna and cheese filling. Frying buttered bread instead of frying bread in melted butter in a pan ensures an even coating that melts and browns perfectly on the entire surface, giving you beautiful golden bread. You can use wholemeal bread, sourdough bread, ciabatta, or white bread; use your favourite or whatever you have at hand. Crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside, every bite is in perfect harmony no matter what bread you use.

Try other delicious recipes, such as our cream cheese and avocado sandwich, grilled mushroom sandwich, or avocado toast with paprika. All feature delicious, crisp bread and fresh, luscious fillings or toppings.

Enjoy as an extravagant breakfast or lunch with a crisp salad on the side

Tuna melts are easy to make and serve at any time of day. Enjoy a cheesy, melty sandwich in the morning, quickly mixing the spread of cheese and tuna, buttering the bread, and layering it all together. Grilling it to perfection in a pan is also a quick endeavour, so you will have a scrumptious breakfast ready in no time.

The same goes for lunch, serving as a quick fix that will satisfy you. For lunch, serve it with a crisp salad on the side to provide a fresh, light contrast to the tuna melt.

Adjust the recipe to your preferences

Creating the best tuna melt is all about tailoring the flavours to suit you. Incorporate finely chopped red onion into the tuna mix for a vibrant burst of flavour and a slight crunch that complements the creamy texture, or try spring onions for a mild, peppery taste.

Play around with a bit of heat, adding chilli flakes or pickled jalapeños to the tuna mix or on top of the sandwich. Their vinegary spice pair perfectly with the creamy tuna and melted cheese. You can also drizzle your favourite hot sauce over the tuna before adding the top slice of bread.

Incorporate chopped pickles or capers for a tangy, briny contrast to the rich, melty cheese and savoury tuna. You can also layer tomato slices before the top slice of bread to introduce a juicy, fresh element that cuts through the richness.