Classic Tuna Melt, Like Dad Used to Make

August 10, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

A classic tuna melt—well, at least to me. When I was growing up, my dad made them just like this: English muffin, mayo-y tuna salad, sharp cheddar, ultra-hot broiler. I made a few nips and tucks: less mayo, more dijon, and pickles instead of relish (so, sour instead of sweet). But I kept the bright-colored cheese because it’s sunny as heck and makes me feel warm.

Emma Laperruque

Makes: 1 open-faced sandwich
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min


  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon mayo
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced pickles
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 English muffin, split (not sliced!) in half
  • 2 slices sharp cheddar, preferably yellow or orange
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat the broiler and line a sheet pan with foil (not parchment, which can catch fire).
  2. Combine the tuna, mayo, mustard, celery, pickles, and salt in a bowl. Mix with a fork. Taste and adjust accordingly.
  3. Add the English muffin halves, cut side facing up, to the lined sheet pan. Slide under the broiler until just starting to get toasty, then remove from the oven. (Crispiness is personal! Just remember it gets broiled again in a moment.)
  4. Top each half with tuna, then a slice of cheese. Slide under the broiler again and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

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Reviews (1) Questions (0)

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alejita August 17, 2018
What size tuna can?