Best Ever Tuna Melt

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Main Course, Lunch American
By Kelly Djalali Serves: Makes 2 Sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 5-7 Minutes Total Time: 15 Minutes

The Tuna Melt is a classic American sandwich; with flavorful oil-packed tuna, celery, onion, cheddar, tomato and buttery toasted bread.


  • 2 6-oz. cans of Oil-Packed Tuna, including the oil
  • 2-3 Celery Ribs, diced
  • 2 Scallions, sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsp. Dill Pickle Relish
  • 1/4-1/3 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. Chopped Parsley
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
  • 4 Slices of Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Slices Fresh Tomato
  • 4 Slices Sourdough Bread
  • Butter, for the bread and the pan



Mix the tuna (with the tuna oil), celery, onion, pickle relish and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl. Add the chopped parsley and give it another good mix.


Mix in the lemon juice. Season with Kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Set aside.


Butter one side of each of the pieces of bread.


Melt a pat of butter in a large skillet over low heat.


When the butter is melted, place two slices of bread in the pan, butter side-down.


Place 2 slices of cheddar cheese on one piece of bread and spoon about 1/2-3/4 cup Tuna Salad on the other piece of bread.


Place two slices of tomato on top of the tuna salad.


Check the bottom of the bread with the cheese on it, when it is slightly browning, flip the cheese-covered bread, cheese-side down on top of the tomato and tuna side.


Use a bacon press or a firm spatula to press evenly down on the sandwich for 30 seconds to 1 minute.


Then check the bottom side of the sandwich. If it's evenly browned, carefully flip the sandwich, repeating the pressing for another 30 seconds to one minute.


When both sides of the sandwich are evenly browned, transfer to plate and slice in half and serve.