Best Tuna Melt (New Jersey Diner Style)

Best Tuna Melt (New Jersey Diner Style)

Seafood Fish Tuna

If you order a tuna melt in a New Jersey diner, you'll get something very similar to this! My method of topping the tuna salad with cheese FIRST, then tomato and more cheese, keeps the toppings from sliding off the bread.

Servings per recipe: 4
Calories per serving: 484
Preparation time: 10m
Total cooking time: 15m


  • 2 (5 ounce) cans tuna, drained
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices seedless rye bread
  • 8 slices ripe tomato
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • paprika, for garnish


  • 1   Preheat the oven broiler.
  • 2   In a bowl, mix the tuna, mayonnaise, celery, onion, parsley, and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
  • 3   Place the rye bread slices on a baking sheet, and broil 1 minute in the preheated oven, until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and spread with the tuna salad. Place 1 cheese slice over the tuna salad on each piece of bread, layer with a tomato slice, and top with remaining cheese slices.
  • 4   Return layered bread to the preheated oven, and broil 3 to 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 28.4g 44%
    Saturated Fat 12.0g  
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 478mg 19%
Potassium 416mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 22.1g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2.9g 11%
Protein 34.8g 70%
Sugars 4g  
Vitamin A 1243IU  
Vitamin C 9mg  
Calcium 492mg  
Iron 2mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 17mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 60mg  
Folate 55mcg