Enjoy a Deli-Style Tuna Melt!

December 17, 2021
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Tuna Melt

Just like the corner store used to make.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1/3 c. mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 2 6-oz. cans tuna
  • 1 ribs celery finely chopped
  • 2 dill pickles finely chopped
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices bread such as sourdough
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 to mato sliced
  • 8 slices cheddar


  1. Turn the oven up to 400 F. In a big bowl, whisk together the mayo, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes if you're using them.

  2. Drain the tuna, then it add to mayo mix, using a fork to break the tuna up into flaky bits. Add in the celery, pickles, red onion, and parsley and toss it all around to combine. Season the mix with salt and pepper to your preference.

  3. Butter one side of each slice of bread, topping the unbuttered sides with 1/2 cup of the tuna mix, 2 to 3 slices tomato, and 2 slices of cheese. Top that with the other slice of bread, butter side up. Keep making sandwiches until the ingredients are used up, then bake all of them in the preheated oven until the cheese melts, 5 to 8 minutes.


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