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Tuna Melt Open Face Sandwich

My Tuna Melt Open Face Sand­wich is a deli­cious tuna sal­ad lunchtime treat with melty cheese and fresh tomato!

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When I think of a tuna sal­ad sand­wich, I think of a cold sand­wich in two slices of bread. It’s tasty, but not exact­ly company-worthy. 

A tuna melt sand­wich, on the oth­er hand, is the same creamy deli­cious tuna sal­ad all dressed up for company. 

For instance, my tuna melt open faced sand­wich is piled onto a piece of toast­ed gar­lic bread and drip­ping with a blend of melt­ed Ched­dar cheese and Mon­terey Jack cheese. It’s topped off with a thin slice of gor­geous gar­den toma­to, some coarse salt, cracked pep­per and minced pars­ley. Absolute heaven!

I’d def­i­nite­ly serve this to a girl­friend over for lunch!

And you only need 15 — 20 min­utes to make it. You can’t beat an easy, 5‑ingredient and scrump­tious recipe that’s per­fect for quick lunch­es or busy week­nights! Is there such a thing as “Win­ner! Win­ner! Tuna dinner!”?

a tuna melt openface sandwich cut in half on a cutting board

The Ingredients

  • Texas Toast or thick sliced bread of your choice
  • Tuna Sal­ad: (Use a creamy, may­on­naise-based tuna sal­ad for the best fla­vor and for mois­ture.) My recipe is sim­ple and I’ll put it in the notes sec­tion of the recipe card. But, use the tuna sal­ad you love most. If you have a favorite recipe, that’s the one you’ll love in a Tuna Melt.
  • Fresh­ly Grat­ed Cheese: I blend extra sharp Ched­dar Cheese and Mon­terey Jack Cheese. You can use any fla­vor cheese that makes you hap­py. Grat­ed cheese melts more eas­i­ly than slices. And, remem­ber to grate your own to avoid fillers and anti-clump­ing agents.
Ingredients for a Tuna Melt Open Face Sandwich: Texas Toast spread with garlic herb butter, creamy tuna salad, grated cheddar and monterey jack cheeses and a garden tomato, thinly sliced.
  • Thin­ly Sliced Toma­to: Use a nice ripe slic­ing vari­ety and cut the slices super thin (1/8‑inch).
  • Gar­lic Herb But­ter: Any gar­lic but­ter you like should work, but my Gar­lic Herb But­ter is the bomb! It takes this yum­my Tuna Melt Open Face Sand­wich to a new fla­vor stratosphere!

What to Serve With Tuna Melt Open Face Sandwiches

Any of your favorite veg­etable side dish­es or sal­ads would be a deli­cious com­ple­ment to this easy tuna melt recipe. A sim­ple green sal­ad is always a hit, but Broc­coli Cau­li­flower Sal­ad is a spec­tac­u­lar side dish with your tuna sandwich.

easy broccoli cauliflower salad recipe - salad in a round, white ceramic bowl ona concrete counter with a turquoise and white checked napkin

Make these deli­cious Air Fry­er Green Beans with Gar­lic But­ter Sauce and your sim­ple Tuna Melt lunch menu will be a hit with every­one lucky enough to share it. My easy Bean Sal­ad and Mediter­ranean Cucum­ber Toma­to Sal­ad are also great options for sides.

https://www.inspiredtaste.net/51775/garlic-sauteed-green-beans/

FAQs About Canned Tuna

Is Canned Tuna Cooked?

Yes. The can­ning process ful­ly cooks the tuna. It also vac­u­um seals it which keeps out bac­te­ria and pre­serves flavor.

Which vari­ety of tuna should I use?

Tuna vari­ety is real­ly a mat­ter of fla­vor and tex­ture pref­er­ence. I use white alba­core tuna in my home­made tuna sal­ad and tuna melt open face sand­wich­es. Yel­low fin tuna is anoth­er good (and meaty) option, though. I have also used skip­jack tuna with good results.

two different brands of canned tuna on a concrete counter top with an open tin of tuna in front
What is the best brand of canned tuna?

Again, this is real­ly a mat­ter of pref­er­ence and bud­get. Use the best tuna you can afford.

I like wild caught, and prefer­ably pole caught tuna. And I like the fil­lets, slices or chunks bet­ter than the minced tuna.

But, I total­ly get that those options are prici­er. Use the tuna that your fam­i­ly likes and that fits your bud­get. My favorite brand is Nat­ur­al Catch and I also like Wild Planet.

Tips for Making your Tuna Melt

2 Tuna Melt Open Face Sandwiches on a wooden cutting board
  1. Every oven, toast­er oven and air fry­er cooks dif­fer­ent­ly. Whichev­er appli­ance you use, heat it to 425° and then watch close­ly as your bread toasts. Flip the bread when the top is done so both sides toast evenly.
  2. The amount of time it will take depends on your spe­cif­ic appli­ance and how close your food is to the heat source. Air fry­ers use con­vec­tion heat and will cook things some­what faster.
  3. If using a con­ven­tion­al oven, I rec­om­mend using the con­vec­tion set­ting if it has one. This speeds up the cook­ing and toasts the bread more evenly.
  4. In an oven or toast­er oven, use the most cen­tral rack to avoid over browning.

How to Make a Tuna Melt Open Face Sandwich

  1. Pre­heat your oven, toast­er oven or air fry­er to 425°.
  2. But­ter both sides of each slice of bread with Gar­lic Herb But­ter. Place the but­tered bread on the rack in a broil­er pan or on a rack in a bak­ing sheet.
  3. Toast the bread on one side, then flip the bread and toast it on the oth­er side. Use the device that works best for you.
  4. Remove toast from oven and add 1/2 cup tuna sal­ad to each slice. Spread the tuna sal­ad to the edges of your Tuna Melt Open Face Sandwiches.
  5. Next pile 1/4 to 1/3 cup of grat­ed cheese over the tuna on each tuna melt.
  6. Place the tuna melt open face sand­wich­es back in the oven, toast­er oven or air fry­er. Con­tin­ue cook­ing at 425° until the cheese is melt­ed and drippy.
  7. Remove the tuna sand­wich­es from the oven and place a thin slice of toma­to on top of the melt­ing cheese.
  8. Gar­nish with minced pars­ley, coarse or flaked salt and fresh ground black pepper.

a tuna melt openface sandwich cut in half on a cutting board

The Recipe

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a tuna melt openface sandwich cut in half on a cutting board

Tuna Melt Open Face Sandwich


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 20 min­utes
  • Yield: 4 sand­wich­es 1x

Description

my tuna melt open faced sand­wich is piled onto a piece of toast­ed gar­lic bread and drip­ping with a blend of melt­ed Ched­dar cheese and Mon­terey Jack cheese. It’s topped off with a thin slice of gor­geous gar­den toma­to, some coarse salt, cracked pep­per and minced pars­ley. Absolute heaven!
my tuna melt open faced sand­wich is piled onto a piece of toast­ed gar­lic bread and drip­ping with a blend of melt­ed Ched­dar cheese and Mon­terey Jack cheese. It’s topped off with a thin slice of gor­geous gar­den toma­to, some coarse salt, cracked pep­per and minced pars­ley. Absolute heaven!

My tuna melt open faced sand­wich is piled onto a piece of toast­ed gar­lic bread and drip­ping with a blend of melt­ed Ched­dar cheese and Mon­terey Jack cheese.  It’s topped off with a thin slice of gor­geous gar­den toma­to, some coarse salt, cracked pep­per and minced pars­ley.  Absolute heaven!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 4 slices Texas Toast
  • 4 Table­spoons gar­lic butter
  • 2 cups tuna salad
  • 1 1/3 cups grat­ed cheese (I mix extra sharp Ched­dar & Mon­terey Jack.)
  • 1 large toma­to, sliced into 8 thin slices

Instructions

  • Pre­heat your oven, toast­er oven or air fry­er to 425°.
  • But­ter both sides of each slice of bread with Gar­lic Herb But­ter. Place the but­tered bread on the rack in a broil­er pan or on a rack in a bak­ing sheet.
  • Toast the bread on one side, then flip the bread and toast it on the oth­er side. Use the device that works best for you.
  • Remove toast from oven and add 1/2 cup tuna sal­ad to each slice. Spread the tuna sal­ad to the edges of your Tuna Melt Open Face Sandwiches.
  • Next pile 1/4 to 1/3 cup of grat­ed cheese over the tuna on each tuna melt.
  • Place the tuna melt open face sand­wich­es back in the oven, toast­er oven or air fry­er. Con­tin­ue cook­ing at 425° until the cheese is melt­ed and drippy.
  • Remove the tuna sand­wich­es from the oven and place a thin slice of toma­to on top of the melt­ing cheese.
  • Gar­nish with minced pars­ley, coarse or flaked salt and fresh ground black pepper.

Notes

My favorite TUNA SALAD RECIPE

  • 3 cans tuna, drained
  • 1 cup may­on­naise
  • 1 cup cel­ery, minced
  • 2/3 cup sweet gherkins, minced with 1 Table­spoon juice from jar
  • salt and pep­per, to taste
  • 1/3 cup red onion, minced

Mix every­thing togeth­er in a bowl.  Makes about 2 1/2 cups of tuna salad.

My favorite GARLIC HERB BUTTER RECIPE

Mix every­thing togeth­er and store in a cov­ered con­tain­er in the fridge.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Sand­wich, Lunch, Main Dish
  • Method: baked or air fryed
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

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18 thoughts on “Tuna Melt Open Face Sandwich”

  1. I am always look­ing for great recipes that I can serve my fam­i­ly dur­ing the Lenten sea­son. Your Open Faced Tuna Melt sand­wich recipe is so easy to make and tastes amaz­ing!! After try­ing it out on my fam­i­ly, they asked me to make it again and again.

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