Easy Grilled Tuna Melt

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This recipe is a crowd pleaser and a Mom pleaser, too. Takes little time to make and is economical, too.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

This easy Grilled Tuna Melt makes a great lunch or quick dinner!

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When I was a little girl our family had grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner at least once a month. Mom usually served them with creamy tomato soup and potato chips on the side. Mmmm good!

Simple sandwiches are a great way to pull together a quick meal –or cheap meal — depending on your needs. Not every adult palate enjoys a simple tuna  or grilled cheese sandwich, though. Combining the two as a grilled tuna & cheese sandwich with tomato may do the trick. Save the simpler version for the kids!

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First, a couple of tips to make it perfect every time.

Tip #1 – pre-heat your pan on medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes

Tip #2 – cover the pan with a lid or cookie sheet to keep the heat in. (Use a pot holder to remove it.)

Tip #3 – brown the first side for about 1 minute and turn right away, to avoid burning. If it needs more cooking you can flip it back again several times. Just don’t leave any one side on too long.

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Easy Grilled Tuna Melt

Yield: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This recipe is a crowd pleaser and a Mom pleaser, too. Takes little time to make and is economical, too.
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  • 8 slices sandwich bread
  • 1 can tuna fish, drained
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 slices tomato, sliced thing
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened


  • Warm a skillet on medium heat for 3 minutes.
  • Mix drained tuna and mayonnaise in a bowl.
  • Spoon 1/4 of the tuna mixture onto each of 4 slices bread.
  • Place a slice of American cheese on top.
  • Add a slice of tomato and top with another slice of bread.
  • Butter the top of each sandwich and gently turn over onto the warmed skillet so that butter-side is facing down.
  • Butter the top of the sandwich and place a lid on the skillet.
  • Turn each sandwich after 1 minute.
  • Continue turning occasionally till each side is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from skillet.
  • Cut each sandwich in half and serve.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 692mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 352mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tuna melt

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