This Open-Faced Tuna Melt recipe is quick, easy, and absolutely delicious. This recipe makes an ideal last-minute meal, because it is made with common pantry ingredients and is ready in just 15 minutes! Learn how to make open-faced tuna melt sandwiches with this fast and simple recipe that the whole family will love.
Tuna Melt: A Simple Last-Minute Meal
Tuna Melt sandwiches are made with warm, toasted bread topped with crunchy tuna salad and crowned with fresh tomato and gooey, melted cheese. They pair perfectly with a hot bowl of soup or a salad, to make a satisfying lunch or dinner.
I like to make tuna melts when I am either:
- Pressed for time and don’t have more than a few minutes to make a meal, or
- So tired/hungry that I have no desire to cook and just want something to eat right NOW!
Basically, a tuna melt is a fantastic go-to when you want something quick, easy, budget-friendly, and filling. That’s why this recipe is a great one to have in your back pocket.
How to Make an Open-Faced Tuna Melt
There is nothing difficult about making a tuna melt. First, whip up a simple tuna salad, then spread it on some toast. Sprinkle some chopped tomato and shredded cheese over top, then broil in the oven until the cheese is melted. Serve it warm, right away, for best results. That’s it!
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to toast the bread slices before spreading them with the tuna salad. It’s an extra step, but it is important because it prevents the bread from becoming soggy.
Where to Get the Best Canned Wild Tuna
I encourage you to purchase wild-caught tuna, because it is so much more sustainable (and better for you!) than farmed tuna. However, finding high-quality canned tuna and other seafood can be challenging.
However, there are some amazing seafood delivery companies that send wild, sustainably-sourced fish and shellfish straight to your front door, for less money than you may think. To learn about my favorite seafood delivery companies online, check out this article I wrote: The Top Sustainable Seafood Delivery Services. In that post, I review, compare and rank a few wild seafood delivery services, with special deals and discounts for my readers.
What to Serve with Open-Faced Tuna Melts
Soups and salads go incredibly well with these hot toasty sandwiches. Here are a few recipes that I recommend serving tuna melts with:
- Keto Mushroom Soup
- Spinach Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
- The Best Tomato Soup
- Creamy Potato Salad with Dill
- Simple Greek Salad
If you make this Open-Faced Tuna Melt recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡
Open-Faced Tuna Melt
- Preheat the broiler.
- In a mixing bowl, combine tuna, celery, red onion, parsley, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Place the bread slices on a baking sheet and place under the broiler for 1–2 minutes until toasted. Turn the bread slices over and toast the other sides. Remove from oven.
- Top each piece of toast evenly with the tuna mixture. Then top equally with tomato and cheese.
- Place in oven and broil for about 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.
- If you would like a bit of heat, try adding some hot sauce (like Tabasco) over the tomatoes before sprinkling them with cheese.
- For best results, serve the tuna melts immediately after preparing them, as they can get soggy if you let them sit for too long.
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