Classic Tuna Melt


Originally posted February 25th, 2015

One of my favorite snacks growing up was Tuna Melts. Seriously. I'd even request it for birthday dinners sometimes. 

The sharpness of the cheddar. The saltiness of the tuna! The sweet, hardy beefsteak tomato pulling it all together. It's not the perfect sandwich, but whatever it's doing, it's doing it perfectly.

And it's one of the easiest damn sandwiches to make, but can still make you feel like you've accomplished a bit of culinary wizardry. Read below to see not just how to whip this beauty up, but how to whip it up at work and make your whole office jealous.


  • Albacore tuna in oil
    (Some people will tell you to get it in water because it’s healthier. It is healthier. It also tastes terrible. Get it in oil.)
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons of horseradish
  • ½ a raw red onion, chopped
    (Feel free to swap for celery, yellow onion, scallions, or whatever other crunchy fresh veggie you prefer.)
  • 2 slices whole wheat
  • 2 slices of beefsteak tomato
  • 2 sandwich-sized slices of cheddar cheese


  1. Drain the oil from the tuna and put it in a tupperware. Mix well with the mayo, horseradish, and chopped onion. Seal it up.
  2. Put the tomato slices in their own sandwich baggie.
  3. Put the cheddar and the bread in a separate baggie from the tomatoes.
  4. Bring all of that to work.
  5. Around lunchtime, spread the tuna on the bread, put a tomato slice on each mound of tuna, and cover the tomatoes in cheddar.
  6. Set your office’s toaster oven to “toast” and put both tuna melts into the — wait, does your office have a toaster oven?
  7. Quit your job. Get one in an office that has an employee toaster oven. Promise yourself you’ll never take a job that doesn’t have an employee toaster oven again. Have some self-respect.
  8. Now, put your tuna melts in the toaster oven and put it on “toast”. Watch it until the cheese melts to your desired ooey-gooiness, take it out, and eat it with Fritos and a seltzer.