by Olena

Healthy Tuna Melt Recipe

by Olena

5 from 6 reviews

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. Or how about 2 minute healthy instant ramen?

My recipe is very simple because kids like simple tuna salad 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. And if you are looking for more canned tuna recipe ideas, check out my tuna salad with avocado and mango, and tuna zucchini fritters recipes.



Healthy Tuna Melt Recipe

5 from 6 reviews

Healthy Tuna Melt Recipe with wild tuna, a bit of cream cheese and no mayo, served on whole grain English muffin.

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


  • 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)


  1. In a small bowl, add tuna, cream cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder; mix with a fork.
  2. 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.
  3. Serve immediately with soup, salad or vegetables.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.


olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. 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. I was skeptical of the cream cheese at first but it’s DELICIOUS. I added a little lemon juice.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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.

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