Grown Up Tuna Melt Recipe

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This grown up tuna melt recipe is nothing like the one you remember from your childhood.  You know, the tuna melt on white bread, with lots of mayonnaise and American cheese?  This grown up tuna melt recipe has all the delicious taste of tuna packed with tons of delicious taste.  It is also a healthier version of the tuna melt you remember from your childhood. No processed white bread.  Not loaded with mayonnaise and lots of greasy butter.  Open faced on one slice of ciabatta or homemade bread instead of sandwiched between two pieces of processed white bread.  This is a grown up tuna melt recipe you have to try.

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Grown Up Tuna Melt Recipe

When I was given the chance to review Wild Planet canned seafood, I knew that their Albacore tuna would be perfect for my grown up tuna melt recipe.  Since you’re stepping up your tuna melt recipe, you need to start with a tuna from a company that offers the best tasting seafood and is the best choice for sustainability. Wild Planet is committed to providing the finest tasting sustainably caught seafood while supporting the conservation of wild marine ecosystems. Wild Planet sources tuna ONLY from pole and troll catch fisheries. They do not source ANY fish from long-line or purse seine fisheries. Pole and troll tuna fishing is rated as the best catch method for tuna by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program, Blue Ocean Institute, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Greenpeace and other industry experts.

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  • 1 can of Wild Planet Albacore Tuna, drained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • green onion or chives to taste
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise ( homemade is best )
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 slices of ciabatta or other homemade bread
  • 4 slices Vermont extra sharp cheddar


  1. Mix the Wild Planet Albacore Tuna, bell pepper, green onion or chives, mayonnaise, lemon juice and salt and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Toast BOTH sides of the ciabatta or homemade bread under the broiler.
  3. Remove from oven.
  4. Top the bread with several scoops of the tuna mixture and enough cheese to cover the tuna.
  5. Return under the broiler and heat until the cheese is melted and the tuna mixture is bubbly.

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I love knowing that Wild Planet tuna has the highest Omega 3 and low mercury in their products.  This explains why:

Why does our Albacore have such a high level of Omega 3? We cook our albacore once in the can so all the natural Omega 3 are intact. We do not add water or oil. The large national brands of tuna lose most of the Omega 3 in their pre-cooking process before the fish is combined in the can with water or vegetable oil. They sell the extracted Omega 3 oil to supplement manufacturers to use in the production of Omega 3 capsules

Wild Planet products include sardines, tuna, salmon, shrimp and crab.  I can purchase Wild Planet products at my local Shaws.  Here is a complete retailer list.

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Wild Planet Albacore, original and no salt added ($3.49 per 5oz can) is available at natural food and select traditional grocery stores nationwide and via The brand is also on Facebook.



  1. Grace Hodgin says
    Lovely recipe and I have never tried a tuna melt as a child or as an adult so this will be a new experience.
  2. I need to make one of these for lunch, yum! Will have to look for this tuna at our grocer.
  3. I love this recipe! It's nice how quick and easy it is to make too.
  4. I love Tuna Melts and this one looks like no exception. I especially love that this one has chives and cheddar. Yum!
  5. What a fun idea, I've always enjoyed tuna melts. This sounds like a yummy twist for the more sophisticated palate. 
  6. I enjoy tuna melts, but the kids...not so much. I wonder if I could tempt them with this recipe? It looks delicious. 
  7. Kelsey Apley says
    I have never gad a tuna melt! This looks delicious :-)
  8. Ok, this looks totally delicious!   I love their runs and will give it a try for sure. 
  9. This looks so delicious and would be great for lunch!
  10. My kids LOVE tuna Melts.  I will definitely give this a try.
  11. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement says
    That recipes looks Ah-MAY-zing! And the best part about this recipe is I'll be able to try it out because I actually have a can of that tuna!! Score :D Thanks for sharing!
  12. Tammilee Tillison says
    My husband would love this. Thank you for sharing the great recipe. 
  13. Tough Cookie Mommy says
    This tuna melt looks delicious. I'm a big fan of tuna dishes and this one looks like it will be perfect to take with me to work for lunch.
  14. I will have to keep an eye out for this brand. What a great recipe. It looks really good and definitely more flavorful!!
  15. I have not had a Tuna Melt in the longest time and love incorporating chives into dishes. I bet that really changes the flavor of the sandwich. I'll have to add this to the meal plan.
  16. we eat a lot of tuna and I always make sure I buy sustainably caught tuna. Thanks for the recipes!
  17. Thanks Ellen, you just gave me an idea for lunch. Frank (bbqboy)
  18. I haven't had a tuna melt in I don 't know how long! Now I'm craving one, so good thing I have your new recipe to try.

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