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Toasted Tuna & Cheese Sandwich

This Toasted Tuna & Cheese Sandwich is the perfect combination of a creamy tuna salad sandwiched between toasted bread.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy meals
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches


  • griddle
  • heavy pan


  • 4 slices bread I used ciabatta 
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 5 ounces solid white fancy albacore tuna use half for each sandwich
  • 2 Tbs mayonnaise
  • 1 medium tomato sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded colby jack cheese use half for each sandwich


  • Start by opening the can of tuna and draining out the water.
  • Add to a bowl and stir in the good stuff, real mayonnaise.
  • Slice a tomato into thick slices.
  • Spread the 4 pieces of bread with the butter.
  • Place the bread butter side down on a griddle pan, then top with cheese and sliced tomatoes.
  • Add half of the tuna salad, more cheese, then butter the top piece of bread and place on top.
  • Repeat the process with the second sandwich.
  • Place the griddle pan on the stovetop and turn on the heat to medium-high.
  • Put a heavy pan, like cast iron, on the top of the bread so that it squishes the sandwich down. Cook for 2-1/2 minutes
  • Using a hot pad, remove the pan from the top of the sandwich, and set aside. Flip the sandwich, then replace the pan on top. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Take the sandwiches off of the pan. Cut diagonally.


Tips for making Toasted Tuna & Cheese Sandwich:
  • Use only solid white albacore tuna - there is no substitute for this. It is essential to making sure this tuna sandwich tastes gourmet.
  • The key to a creamy tuna salad for topping on this sandwich is to make it with only REAL mayonnaise.
  • Use a heavy pan on top of the sandwich to ensure that it is pressed down when cooking.