Healthy Tuna Melt Recipe

If you are stressing about serving made from scratch elaborate dinners to your family every night, please stop! In the last year, I have burnt out many times mainly due to non-stop cooking of 3 meals every day. No sandwiches for lunch, no pizza pockets for dinner or chocolate milk for a snack. All from scratch and better be higher in protein because if not, I will get fat. Yeah, and work out 5 days a week and run a full-time business while raising 2 kids.

whole grain english muffin in toaster; flaked tuna in a bowl

In the past few months, I realized every dinner can’t be fabulous but still can be made with real food and healthy. For example, healthy tuna melt recipe – take toasted whole grain English muffin or bagel (preferably organic), top with wild sustainably caught tuna, organic cheese and broil until melted. Dinner is served and everyone is happy.

My recipe is very simple because kids like this healthy tuna salad recipe and we are talking about making simple dinner. I also prefer adding organic cream cheese instead of mayo, so the taste of fish is not overpowered. Not to mentioned it is twice less calories.

Healthy Tuna Melt Recipe

Serving tuna melt on English muffin with sliced fresh vegetables makes it a complete meal – protein, complex carbs and fat (a little organic dairy fat is totally fine). No kid will say no unless he doesn’t like tuna. I didn’t add tomato slices to my sandwich but have seen many Google images showing them. Up to you.

package of english muffins; tin of tuna fish

To save on numerous grocery trips, stock your freezer with shredded cheese (yes, you can freeze cheese) and variety of breads (English muffins, bagels, tortillas). Kids love variety of bread products and they love bread! Keep a few cans of fish in the pantry. That’s it.

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Healthy tuna melt and vegetables on a plate.

Healthy Tuna Melt Recipe

Healthy Tuna Melt Recipe with wild tuna, a bit of cream cheese and no mayo, served on whole grain English muffin.
5 from 7 votes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 320
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes


  • 6 oz can tuna packed in water drained
  • 3 tbsp cream cheese
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • 2 whole grain English muffins bagels or 4 bread slices
  • 1/4 cup shredded any hard cheese divided
  • Green onions chopped (optional)


  • In a small bowl, add tuna, cream cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder; mix with a fork.
  • Cut English muffins or bagels in half and toast. Divide tuna mixture between 4 toasts, top with 1 tbsp cheese, place on baking sheet and broil on High for 6 – 7 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned a bit.
  • Serve immediately with soup, salad or vegetables.


Serving: 2slices | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 415mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American Ukrainian
Author: Olena Osipov
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Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

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  1. 5 stars
    So glad I stumbled on your website! Practical, easy and healthy, too- what more could you ask for?! Plus I love your sense of humor. This will be my go-to website for dinner!

    1. Awe, so happy to hear, Joan! So happy to hear you are enjoying my recipes! Please don’t be shy to leave me a comment with a star review once you make any recipe. Have a great week!

  2. 5 stars
    Love tuna, but hate to cook. Super easy and really good!! I’ve lost 40 lbs, and have completely changed the way I eat. Recipes like this are perfect for a single guy who doesn’t have a lot of time to cook. Thank you, Lance

    1. Glad you are finding my recipes to be healthy and easy (a winning combination)! Best of luck on your quest for health!

  3. 5 stars
    Easy peasy. I had grated cheese from the bag in the refrigerator, so I threw a handful on each and broiled on high for 2 minutes. Fabulous!

  4. 5 stars
    Wow, what a great alternative to my “typical” tuna salad recipe. This was delicious and we didn’t miss the mayo.

  5. Never froze cheese before but sounds like a good tip. Do you freeze it any special way? Do you have to defrost it before adding it to dishes and meals or just add it frozen as it is? (Sorry for so many questions)

    1. I freeze shredded cheese in a gallon size Ziploc bags. No special instructions. Then I transfer as much as I need to a glass container and keep refrigerated for a week or two. You can add it frozen to dishes that will be cooked. I also froze buffalo mozzarella before and it was perfectly fine.

  6. Yum these look good. I have never thought about added cream cheese rather than mayonnaise into my tuna melts, – this is a great tip that I will remember for later.

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