Baked Tuna Melt

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Baked Tuna Melt

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 cans (5 ounces each) albacore tuna packed in water - drained well and flaked
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 loaf crusty French Bread - sliced in half
  • A few tomato slices
  • 1 to 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or a few slices cheddar, American, Swiss or Provolone cheese


  • Mix first 7 ingredients together with 2 tablespoons mayo.
  • Add more mayo if mixture seems to dry.
  • Pull a little of the inside of both pieces of bread out.
  • Spoon the tuna mixture into one half of the bread.
  • Top with cheese and sliced tomatoes.
  • Place the other piece of bread on top.
  • Wrap the whole thing in foil and bake on a cookie sheet in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Cut into pieces and serve.


You can substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried dill for the fresh. You can bake these sandwiches open-faced. Just slice French bread in half lengthwise. Then, slice into pieces depending on how big you want the sandwiches. Line baking sheet with foil. Place bread slices, cut side up on the pan. Spoon tuna mixture on top of pieces of bread. Top bread with tomato slices and cheese. Bake open faced for 8 to 15 minutes or until bread toasts and cheese melts. Great either way!


Calories: 551kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 1161mg | Potassium: 392mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 641IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 5mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

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  1. Thanks for the Lenton suggestions. We also do not eat meat on Fridays during Lent. This adds variety to the standbys of egg salad, grilled cheese and fish sandwiches, and of course Mac and cheese.

  2. I like everything but garlic powder or garlic I the only one who gets the repeat action from these two things. Yuck. Thanks for the Lenten ideas. When I was a little kid, my mother always had fish sticks or creamed salmon from a can. Both were grim. LOL!

  3. I love tuna melts. This looks like a delicious and simple version that I must try. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes.

  4. Gunuya Trelvico says:

    Mucho’ Grasias <3

  5. Hi Chuck,
    Thanks! Glad you like my chowder! 1 to 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or a few slices of cheddar, American, Swiss or as you suggested Provolone would be great! Up to you! I love this sandwich! -Amy

  6. chuck in chicago says:

    This sounds great, Amy, but what kind of and how much cheese should be used? (I’d probably use sliced Provolone, enough to generously cover the sandwich.) And, by the way, I prepared your Sausage and Cheese Chowder after having seen you jake it on WGN-TV here in Chicago and loved every spoonful of it! Keep making those great recipes !