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All Recipes, Main Dishes / June 26, 2024

“Better than Take Out” Tuna Melt Sandwich | Seriously GOOD & Easy Recipe

This Tuna Melt Sandwich is truly what comfort food is all about. We’re talking a ton of great flavors, super easy to make and done in just 20 minutes. Serve it next to some roasted potatoes and a garden salad for a simple yet delicious meal.

Tuna Melt Sandwich
To make this recipe, I used Spanish canned tuna in olive oil. You can also use tuna in water if you like. As for the bread, I used slices of sourdough. Any type of bread can be used. The most important part is to lightly toast the bread beforehand; that way, it doesn’t get mushy and fall apart once you add the tuna mixture.

Tuna Melt Sandwich

I topped off the tuna melts with some grated Manchego cheese. You can use other cheeses here, or whatever you have on hand. However, by using the Manchego, it truly gives these tuna melts that lift of Spanish goodness.
Tuna Melt Sandwich

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: When you broil your tuna melts in the oven, make sure to place them in the middle of the oven. If you place them too close to the source of heat on top, it will brown the outer edges of the bread before the cheese can fully melt.

Tuna Melt Sandwich

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Tuna Melt Sandwich
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"Better than Take Out" Tuna Melt Sandwich

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 450 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 cans tuna in olive oil 4 oz / 110 grams each
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise 120 grams
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard 15 grams
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely grated or minced
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.25 grams
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 ml
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 8 grams
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cup shredded Manchego cheese 120 grams
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • chopped parsley for garnish


  1. Lightly toast the slices of bread in a toaster, then place them in a baking tray or baking pan that's lined with foil paper, all in a single layer

  2. Drain the cans of tuna into a fine sieve with a bowl underneath, gently flake the tuna, then add into a large bowl, along with the mayonnaise, dijon mustard, shallot, garlic, paprika, lemon juice and parsley, season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together until well mixed

  3. Evenly spread the tuna mixture over the 4 slices of toasted bread

  4. Thinly slice the tomato, add a couple of slices over each bread, then top off with the shredded cheese, making sure to cover the entire surface

  5. Add into a preheated oven, broil only option (top heat), between 4 to 5 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted, then remove from the oven

  6. Sprinkle each one with chopped fresh parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
"Better than Take Out" Tuna Melt Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 450 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 1032mg45%
Potassium 337mg10%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 801IU16%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 194mg19%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use tofu i never had tuna melt sandwich before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    30 . Jun . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      02 . Jul . 2024
  2. Dolie Mayes Bond

    5 stars
    This tuna sandwich is AWESOME!!! I have many of the recipes from Spain on a Fork and all are easy, delicious and affordable!!! Thank You!!

    27 . Jun . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      28 . Jun . 2024

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