Tuna Melt Sandwich on a plate

I’ve had a ton of requests for easy lunch recipes now that many of us are working from home, and swinging by the local deli or burger joint isn’t an option. Salads and leftovers are great, but a sizzling Tuna Melt Sandwich is even better!

Gwen and I split a batch of tuna salad for lunch a couple days a week. It’s an easy, healthy option for both of us and we usually dunk into bowls of it with almond crackers. That said, stuffing the tuna salad mixture between slices of buttered bread and cheddar cheese then sizzling until golden brown in a hot skillet is a total treat.

Plus this protein-packed combo keeps me full until dinner time. If you’ve been struggling with constantly snacking while at home, you won’t even think about it with this filling lunch in your belly!

Overhead photo of a Tuna Melt Sandwich

What is a Tuna Melt Made Of?

A Tuna Melt is basically a hot tuna salad sandwich topped with cheese. Tuna Melt has a better ring to it though, don’t ya’ think? ;) Just like with egg salad, everyone seems to have their own version of the perfect tuna salad, but here’s my go-to tuna mixture combo:

  • Canned tuna. I prefer Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna, which I buy from Costco. It puts other canned tunas to shame!
  • Mayonnaise. I use Hellman’s Vegan mayo to keep this recipe egg free for Gwen, who has allergies, but feel free to use your favorite mayonnaise.
  • Minced pickles. Tuna Melt sandwiches have to have a little crunch, and minced pickle spears not only bring a crispy, crunchy texture to the tuna salad recipe, but also a bold, tangy flavor.
  • Steak seasoning. Yes! You heard it here first. Read below for my go-to homemade steak seasoning recipe that takes this tuna melt from good to GREAT.

Mix up the tuna salad then scoop onto buttered bread slices, add slices of cheddar cheese, then cook on a flat top skillet just like you would any other grilled cheese sandwich.

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How to Make a Tuna Melt Sandwich

In a small bowl combine wild-caught albacore tuna that’s been drained plus your favorite mayonnaise, minced pickle spears, and homemade steak seasoning. Yes, steak seasoning! It’s got all the good stuff.

This is our FAVORITE tuna, by the way. It’s pretty pricey at the regular grocery store but Costco sells them in a stack for a great price. Always a great idea to grab one when you can!

Scoop the tuna salad between two slices of buttered bread with a slice of cheddar cheese then cook on a griddle or in a skillet over medium heat until hot and golden brown on both sides. OH MY WORD, such a fabulous step up from your standard tuna salad sandwich. I hope you love this simple, delicious lunch idea – enjoy!

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Tuna Melt Sandwich

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Tuna Melt Sandwich is hot, crispy, cheesy, and filling! This simple yet scrumptious recipe is perfect for an easy lunch or dinner.


serves 2

  • 5oz can tuna, drained (I prefer Wild Planet wild albacore tuna)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 pickle spears, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon steak seasoning (see notes)
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices gluten free bread
  • butter


  1. Preheat a large flat skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl stir together tuna, mayonnaise, minced pickles, and steak seasoning. Butter one side of each slice of bread then flip two over and top each with half the tuna mixture. Add a slice of cheese then cover with remaining slices of buttered bread.
  3. Place sandwiches onto preheated skillet or griddle then cook until golden brown. Flip then cook until the second side is golden brown and cheese is melted. Remove sandwiches to plates then slice and serve.


  • I love this homemade steak seasoning recipe >
  • Feel free to add a few fresh tomato slices under the cheese if you have them! This "recipe" is more of an idea so feel free to make it your own.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

Photo collage of Tuna Melt Sandwiches