The Perfect Tuna Melt

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It’s ooey-gooey and packed full of delicious flavor, and perfect for the nights when you just want to put something on the table super quick or for that lunch date with your friends.

This Tuna Melt is so perfectly DELICIOUS and super easy to make recipe! It’s definitely not your classic Tuna melt!



  • Tuna, 2 x 6-oz cans, drained
  • Onion, medium size, chopped
  • Celery, 1/2 a stalk, chopped
  • Garlic (1 clove), minced
  • Parsley, 1 tablespoon, chopped
  • Mayonnaise, 3-4 tablespoons
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 3 tablespoons, divided
  • Mozzarella, 1/3 cup, shredded
  • Bread, sliced
  • Butter, softened
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Step 1: Drain liquid from tuna and put the tuna into a medium bowl.

Step 2: Chop onion, celery, and parsley.  Mince garlic and add ingredients to tuna.

Step 3: Add mayonnaise, olive oil (for a lighter version, omit olive oil), and mozzarella cheese. Combine all ingredients until well incorporated. Salt and pepper to taste.

Step 4: Place a non-stick skillet on the stove and add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. When the skillet is hot, take a slice of bread and generously spread butter on one side.

Adding butter AND extra virgin olive oil helps the cooking process.

The olive oil helps the crust not burn as fast so that you get a golden brown exterior, not burnt.  The butter adds the flavor. It’s a great trick to use when toasting bread on the stove top.

Step 5: Place the bread (buttered side down) in the hot skillet. Be sure to keep the temp at a consistent heat (and don’t cook too fast.)

Step 6: Using a spoon, scoop about 2 tablespoons of tuna mixture on bread while it is browning.

Step 7: Butter another slice of bread with butter and place non-buttered side on top of tuna.

Step 8: Using a spatula, check to see if the bread is toasted brown. If so, turn the tuna melt over and grill the other side until it’s golden brown.



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