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Tuna Melt

Here's a recipe for a Fresh Tuna Melt that uses fresh tuna steaks rather than canned tuna. So yummy!
Categories Easy Dinner
Difficulty Easy
Keyword ahi tuna melt, making a tuna melt, subway tuna melt
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
Calories 479 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 oz fresh tuna steaks
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 dill pickle spear finely chopped
  • 1/2 stalk celery finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dill pickle juice
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup full fat greek yogurt
  • 4 slices whole grain bread
  • 2 slices muenster cheese can substitute cheddar or colby
  • optional: 1/2 avocado thinly sliced
  • optional: slice of tomato


  1. Preheat oven to low broil.
  2. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Season both sides of tuna steaks with generous amounts of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Cook tuna steaks until lightly browned on each side and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side. Let cool.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine onion, garlic, pickle celery, oregano, lemon zest and pickle juice. Chop tuna and add to bowl.  Add the greek yogurt -- enough to moisten, but not drown the mixture (depending on your tastes).  Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lay the slices of bread flat. Lightly toast the bread on one side so it is golden and then remove from broiler. Remove two of the bread slices from the baking sheet and set aside (these will be the tops of your melts). Flip the the other two slices over to expose the un-toasted side. Top the bread on the baking sheet with a generous serving of the tuna salad. Layer one slice of cheese over the tuna salad. Place under broiler and heat until cheese is melted and the tuna salad is heated through, about 2-4 minutes. If you'd prefer, you can toast the bread in a toaster and then bake the melts at 375 degrees for approximately 3-5 minutes.

  5. Top with sliced avocado and slice of tomato (if you'd like) and the other slice of bread. Cut diagonally and serve. It's delicious with a dill pickle spear on the side.
Nutrition Facts
Tuna Melt
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 479 Calories from Fat 348
% Daily Value*
Fat 38.7g60%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 93.4mg31%
Sodium 681.3mg28%
Carbohydrates 10.6g4%
Fiber 1.7g7%
Sugar 2.1g2%
Protein 42.9g86%
Vitamin A 650IU13%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 250mg25%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.