Classic Tuna Melt Recipe

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Jamie Murphy Modified: March 22, 2022
Classic Tuna Melt Recipe

How To Make Classic Tuna Melt

This tasty tuna melt makes a simple lunch meal, made even more satisfying and toasty with perfectly melted cheese, fresh veggies, and tender tuna.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 8 minutes
Total: 18 minutes



  • 1green onion,thinly sliced, including the greens
  • 3tbspfresh flat leaf parsley,chopped
  • 2tbspfresh tarragon leaves,chopped, or 2 teaspoon dried tarragon, crumbled
  • 1lemon,zested
  • 2tsplemon juice
  • 1tspdijon mustard
  • tspfreshly ground black pepper
  • cupmayonnaise
  • 6ozsolid white tuna,(2 cans), well drained and flaked
  • 8French bread slices,or Italian loaf bread, or favorite bread, sliced ½-inch thick
  • 8tomato slices,thinly sliced
  • 4ozsharp white cheddar cheese,(about 1 cup), grated
  • 2tbspbutter,softened


  1. Mix the green onion, parsley, tarragon, lemon juice, lemon zest, Dijon mustard, black pepper, and mayonnaise in a medium-sized bowl. Add the drained tuna, mixing with a fork to break up the flakes.

  2. Lay out 4 slices of bread. Divide the tuna mixture evenly onto the slices. Top each bread slice with tomato slices and grated cheese.

  3. Spread one side of the remaining four bread slices with butter. Place the bread slices, buttered side up on top of the cheese.

  4. Heat a large griddle on medium heat. Place the sandwiches, buttered side down onto the hot griddle. Gently spread butter on top of the bread slices.

  5. Cook for about 3 minutes or until nicely browned on one side. Use a metal spatula to lift up the sandwiches and carefully turn them to the other side. Cook for another 3 minutes or so until the second side is browned.

  6. Serve immediately, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 429.38kcal
  • Fat: 32.24g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.85g
  • Trans Fat: 0.57g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.06g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 10.28g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.59g
  • Fiber: 1.85g
  • Sugar: 2.98g
  • Protein: 20.21g
  • Cholesterol: 69.55mg
  • Sodium: 594.94mg
  • Calcium: 240.72mg
  • Potassium: 364.78mg
  • Iron: 2.14mg
  • Vitamin A: 165.08µg
  • Vitamin C: 21.19mg
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