Creamy Open Faced Tuna Melt Sandwiches

Easy Open Faced Tuna Melt Sandwiches transform a creamy, cheesy tuna dip into an ultimate comfort dinner when slathered on bread and topped with fresh tomato slices and cheddar cheese. 

Creamy Open Faced Tuna Melt Recipe

If you’re a fan of creamy, cheesy dips, then this recipe is for you!

Do your creative juices begin to flow at the thought of using a favorite appetizer in this way? We like the excuse to have dip for dinner so much, that Hot Crab and Artichoke Dip is next on our list to try. Yep. The classic tuna melt was just elevated a notch.

This recipe is perfect for nights when you need dinner in a flash and you don’t have a plan. Start to finish, you’re looking at about 20-25 minutes. It’s one of our Quick and Easy Recipes.

How to Make Creamy Open Faced Tuna Melt Sandwiches

The first step is to make a warm dip by softening the celery and onion in a skillet and then blending together cream cheese and mayonnaise, followed by tuna fish.

Don’t stop there and sit down for a taste! Is it just me? I could sit down with some chips and vegetable dippers and call it a night!

Easy Open Faced Tuna Melt

The next step is to slather the tuna dip over your favorite bread, top it with sliced tomato and more cheese and then broil! That’s it!


  • Shave a little time off the total cooking time by using tuna that comes in pouches. It makes the prep even easier just tear open the package. No draining involved.
  • Use light cream cheese and mayonnaise to shave off some calories.
  • Leave off the parsley garnish (a.k.a the green stuff) if you have picky eaters in the house.
  • Definitely add the parsley garnish if serving a more sophisticated palate because it adds to the presentation. (Dried parsley is a staple at our house.)
  • If the bread is sliced thin, then toast it slight first.

Creamy open-faced tuna melts are sure to make you smile at the end of long day!

Creamy Open Faced Tuna Melt Recipe
Creamy Open Faced Tuna Melt Sandwiches
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Creamy, cheesy tuna "dip" is slathered on whole grain bread and topped with fresh tomato slices and cheddar cheese. It's a quick and easy comfort dish!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 261 kcal
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • 10 ounces Solid White Albacore Tuna drained
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • Optional parsley garish
  1. Set oven to broil.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  3. Add celery and onion to pan and saute for about 3-5 minutes or until softened.
  4. Add cream cheese, mayonnaise and garlic powder to pan. Stir to melt and combine ingredients.
  5. Stir in tuna and remove from heat.
  6. To assemble sandwiches, divide tuna mixture between slices of bread and spread in an even layer.
  7. Place tomato slices on top of the tuna.
  8. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the tomato.
  9. Place sandwiches on a broiler pan and place in the oven for about 2 minutes or until the cheese begins to melt.
  10. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
Recipe Notes

If desired, toast bread lightly before assembly. 

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Open Faced Tuna Melt Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 427mg 18%
Potassium 341mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 12.2%
Vitamin C 6.2%
Calcium 18.6%
Iron 8.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Creamy Open Faced Tuna Melt Sandwich






  1. These look fantastic! Can’t wait to try for lunch or dinner. Love it!

  2. I’m a big, BIG fan of tuna sandwiches. A creamy open faced one sounds absolutely divine!

  3. Ginny McMeans says:

    Good job! Live your ingredients and photography!

  4. I love tuna melts and so cool that you did them open faced!

  5. That looks delicious! I love BumbleBee tuna!

  6. We’re big fans of the tuna in pouches – it’s so much better than the canned stuff! I also love to bring it to work with me to throw on top of salad.

  7. I love a good tuna melt – it’s been way too long since I’ve had one. I love your photos and the open face presentation!

  8. This looks like a satisfying lunch

  9. I love a good tuna melt! Looks yummy!

  10. Love this! Easy and simple! Doesn’t get much better than that!

  11. Tuna melts are one of my all time best loved comfort foods. These look so good!!

  12. I’ll be making these for my husband soon!

  13. These are absolutely incredible. My hubby would love these. Now you’ve got me wondering if I could do something like this with salmon.

  14. I am aaaaaalll over these! I love tuna melts! Your open face sandwich photos are fantastic!

  15. Linda Chase says:

    Does the calorie count include the whole wheat bread? Is a low calorie wheat bread?

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