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The Best Tuna Melt Recipe

Easy, cheesy and sure to please even the pickiest of palates, this tuna melt recipe is your new after-school MVP! Taking only 15 minutes to throw together and using easy store-bought ingredients like the pimento cheese, this savory sandwich makes the perfect quick after-school snack. It also can be a great quick dinner for those busy weeknights packed to the brim with homework and extracurriculars.

You’ll also love that tuna is packed with protein and omega-3s, which will help the kids refuel after a long day at school. The protein will keep them full and focused throughout their after-school sports practices, while the omega-3s will give them the brain boost they need to conquer their studies. That “Parent of the Year” award is headed your way!

Pro-tip: This recipe is simple enough for your older seafoodies to DIY. By taking a few minutes to show them how – and keeping the fridge and pantry stocked with the ingredients – you can rest easy knowing they’re enjoying a balanced after-school snack even when you’re not there to greet them.

As always, we hope you enjoy!

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Cheesy Pimento-Tuna Melt

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 8 slices whole grain bread
  • 2 (5 oz.) cans or pouches of tuna in water
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ cup prepared pimento cheese spread


  1. Preheat broiler. Place bread on baking sheet and lightly toast both sides of all slices.
  2. In medium bowl, prepare tuna salad by combining tuna and the next 6 ingredients (through lemon juice).
  3. Take two slices of toasted bread. Spread tuna salad mixture onto one slice; spread pimento cheese onto other slice.
  4. Broil each slice face-up for 3-5 minutes, until the cheese is melted and browned slightly.
  5. Sandwich together the two slices of bread. Cut and serve.
  6. Repeat process to make three more tuna melt sandwiches.


Video styling: Monica Lavin of Lavin Label
Videography: iMint Media

  • Author: Dish on Fish
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Tuna

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