Open Faced Tuna Melt Sandwich Recipe

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Last Updated on August 23, 2020 by Ellen Christian

This open faced tuna melt is made with homemade bread, topped with cheddar cheese and garden greens. Try the best open faced tuna melt today.

I love cooking with tuna because it’s such a healthy option. It’s loaded with omega 3 fatty acids and is high in magnesium and iron. Have you tried any of my other tuna recipes yet? My Easy Tuna Power Bowl is a great change from soup or salad for lunch. Or, this Easy Tuna Mason Jar Salad is a simple on the go lunch or light dinner. Or, why not try this Tuna Antipasto Salad at your next cookout.

open faced sandwiches on a cutting board topped with arugula

 

Tips for Making an Open Faced Tuna Melt

This open faced 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 is a healthy tuna melt recipe that is lower in fat but still tastes amazing.

I have been trying to buy more products that are made in the United States. And, when it comes to tuna, I’ve been using tuna from American Tuna which is an American based company that has MSC Certified Sustainable Pole and Line Caught Albacore Tuna. Plus, it’s caught and canned in America.

What are the best toppings for tuna melts?

I tend to add some fresh garden greens to my sandwich because we have so many of them during the summer. But, you can also add slices of tomato. Or, why not try a slice of avocado. That’s a great way to add even more nutrition to your sandwich.

This open faced tuna melt is made with homemade bread, topped with cheddar cheese and garden greens. Try the best open faced tuna melt today.

How to make a tuna melt

Ingredients for open faced tuna melts

  • Bread
  • Tuna
  • Mayonnaise (try my homemade olive oil mayonnaise)
  • Arugula or other fresh greens
  • Celery seed
  • Onion powder
  • Chopped onion, celery or bell peppers (optional)
  • Cheddar cheese (or mozzarella, Havarti, or Swiss)

Tools needed

All you need to do is drain the canned tuna and mix it with the other ingredients. Then, place a scoop of tuna on a slice of bread and top it with cheese. Place it in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts. Then, add fresh greens or your choice of sliced vegetables.

This open faced tuna melt is made with homemade bread, topped with cheddar cheese and garden greens. Try the best open faced tuna melt today.

What should I serve with this?

There are lots of different sides for a tuna melt. Why not try my homemade cream of tomato soup. Or, these sweet cucumber sandwich pickles are a delicious choice as well. Why not try a handful of these homemade potato chips.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best bread for tuna melts?

Any type of firm bread will work well when making this sandwich. But, for the best open faced tuna melt, I really love the taste of homemade bread. You can use a thick cut bread or one that is thinly sliced. I also like an open faced faced tuna melt on an English muffin. There are lots of healthy toppings for English muffins.

But, there are other options as well. You can make this sandwich on a bagel, a pita, or a tortilla. And remember, you can use white or whole-grain options. It will really work on any type of bread. Just experiment until you find your favorite.

sliced vegetables on a cutting board

How do I melt the cheese?

In the traditional sandwich recipe, you use two pieces of bread and you fry or grill it on both sides to make the cheese melt. When you use only one piece of bread, you will need to bake or broil the sandwich so that the cheese melts. This eliminates the need for buttering the bread. And, it helps keep the carbs lower since you are using only one piece of bread for your sandwich.

Just place the open faced sandwich in the oven and heat until the cheese is melted. Don’t let it burn (unless you like it that way). 

a platter of open faced tuna sandwiches being served

How can I store leftovers?

When making open faced tuna melts, I only make enough sandwiches to serve. You can store leftover tuna filling in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for up to three days. If you have a sandwich that you want to reheat, just place it back under the broiler for a few minutes until the filling is bubbly.

Yield: 3

Open Faced Tuna Melt Sandwich

This open faced tuna melt is made with homemade bread, topped with cheddar cheese and garden greens. Try the best open faced tuna melt today.

This open faced tuna melt is made with homemade bread, topped with cheddar cheese and garden greens. Try the best open faced tuna melt today.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can of tuna, drained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper, green onion or chives to taste
  • Arugula or other greens
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Onion powder, celery seed, salt, and pepper
  • 3 slices of homemade bread
  • 3 slices Vermont extra sharp cheddar or other cheese

Instructions

  1. Mix the tuna, chopped vegetables, mayonnaise, and spices in a bowl.
  2. Toast BOTH sides of the homemade bread under the broiler.
  3. Remove from the 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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

3

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 689mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 26g

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19 thoughts on “Open Faced Tuna Melt Sandwich Recipe”

  1. 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.
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  2. 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.
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  3. 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!
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