Air Fryer Tuna Melt

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5 from 1 vote
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

The Air Fryer Tuna Melt is a quick and easy way to make a wonderful lunch for your family. There is just something so comforting about a warm sandwich on a cool fall or winter day.

Air Fryer Tuna Melt stacked on a white plate.

This Air Fryer Tuna Melt is so easy and quick you can make it any time you want something tasty and nutritious but is also easy only a few minutes to make and then pop it in the air fryer. Seve with your favorite chips, soup or salad.

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What We Love About This Easy Air Fryer Tuna Melt Recipe

Tuna is not only a quick and economical lunch, it is also full of nutrients and a great source of protein. It is also safe to eat, get the facts here.

  • 10 Minute Meal: Perfect for a quick and healthy meal.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: Crispy, cheesy and delicious it is a real crowd pleaser.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb or dairy free, etc…
A top shot of the sandwich.

Ingredient Notes

  • Tuna: One 5 ounce can of your favorite brand and variety of tuna fish. Albacore tuna or regular, packed in water or oil.
  • Mayonnaise: Try using an avocado mayo if you are on a keto diet or use a low fat or fat free variety if you are counting calories for the tuna salad.
  • Onion: Finely mince the onion.
  • Celery: Also finely mince the celery. they should be uniform in size.
  • Bread Slices: Italian Bread or any variety of hardy bread you like.
  • Cheese: Cheddar Cheese is perfect for this sandwich but you can use American cheese.
Bread cheese and tuna.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Air Fryer Tuna Melt

These are the basic steps for making toasted tuna sandwich. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

Creating the tuna salad for the Air Fryer Tuna Melt.

STEP 1: MAKE TUNA SALAD

First, mix drained tuna and mayonnaise, celery and onion in a medium bowl, mix with a fork. Add salt and black pepper to taste.

STEP 2: SPREAD

Next, Spoon the tuna mixture onto bread.Place cheese slices on top of the sandwich.Top with another slice of bread.Butter the sandwich with mayo and place in the air fryer basket.

STEP 3: COOK

Finally, cook at 380 degrees for 8 minutes.Turn after 4 minutes.Remove from air fryer basket. Cut each sandwich in half and serve.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Easy Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This recipe is great for meal prep. Make the tuna salad in advance and keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

The recipe is best if made fresh, therefore you should make it and eat it the same day. Leftovers of the tuna salad can be stored in the fridge for up to five days.

OPEN FACED TUNA MELT SANDWICH

This easy air fryer recipe can be made as a open faced sandwich with only one slice of bread and the cheese as the topper.

CAN I MAKE THE PERFECT TUNA MELT WITHOUT AN AIR FRYER?

Of course, you can use a skillet and cook on a medium-low heat the sandwich on five minutes per side or until golden brown and the cheese is melted. You can also use a panini press and cook for about five minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hot Tuna Melt

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Try using a keto mayo. A low fat cheese and a lower calorie bread.

CAN I ADD OTHER THINGS TO THE TUNA SALAD?

Of course, try adding pickles, dill pickle relish or sliced tomato.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, make a bunch for a crowd or make a single serving for yourself. It is easy to adjust this recipe.

WHAT IS THE BEST CHEESE FOR A TUNA MELT?

A nice melty cheese is best. Try cheddar cheese, American cheese or pepper jack for a little kick to this easy dinner.

A hand showing the air fryer sandwich.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Bacon: Bacon or bacon bits add great flavor to combine tuna melt.
  • Enhance: Enhance your tuna salad by adding a little dijon mustard or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to use an English muffin or pita bread to make the air fryer tuna melt sandwich.
  • Alternate ingredient: Feel free to make your favorite version of tuna salad. Try adding taco seasoning, Italian seasoning or all purpose seasoning to the tuna filling to make it more flavorful.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Low carb or low calorie versions of your favorite ingredients can be great in this recipe.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Tuna Melt

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Air Fryer Tuna Melt stacked on a white plate.
5 from 1 vote

Air Fryer Tuna Melt

Yield: 2 servings
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
The Air Fryer Tuna Melt is a quick and easy way to make a wonderful lunch for your family. There is just something so comforting about a warm sandwich on a cool fall or winter day.
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Ingredients

  • 5 ounces tuna, drained
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, plus extra to butter bread
  • 1 teaspoon onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon celery, finely chopped
  • 4 slices italian bread
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Mix drained tuna and mayonnaise and onion in a bowl.
  • Spoon the tuna mixture onto bread.
  • Place a slice of cheese on top.
  • Top with another slice of bread.
  • Butter the sandwich with mayo and place in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 380 degrees for 8 minutes.
  • Turn after 4 minutes.
  • Remove from skillet.
  • Cut each sandwich in half and serve.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Bacon: Bacon or bacon bits add great flavor to the tuna melt.
  • Enhance: Enhance your tuna salad by adding a little dijon mustard or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to use an English muffin or pita bread to make the air fryer tuna melt sandwich.
  • Alternate ingredient: Feel free to make your favorite version of tuna salad. Try adding taco seasoning, Italian seasoning or all purpose seasoning to make it more flavorful.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Low carb or low calorie versions of your favorite ingredients can be great in this recipe.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 496mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 412IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tuna melt

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