Open Faced Tuna Sandwich

Feb 16, 2011 4 Comments

Yes, a tuna sandwich can be delicious

Canned tuna has to be one of the most boring proteins one can prepare food with.  Most recipes with canned tuna direct us to make tuna casserole, tuna salads, or the infamous tuna sandwich.  I mean really, how often do you get excited enough about canned tuna to pull it off the shelf and cook with it prior to the expiration date?  I’m not even sure tuna has an expiration date, but you get my point.

In another attempt to create something out of nothing, I pulled a dusty can of tuna off the shelf, threw some ingredients together in a bowl and came up with a tuna sandwich that has become a fan favorite in the glutton household.  I know…I’m feeding you another tuna sandwich recipe.  But trust me after trying this sandwich you’ll be picking up some additional cans of tuna  so that you can savor the taste of this recipe again.


Preparation & cooking time around 5-10 minutes


  • 1 can of albacore tuna (white meat tuna)
  • 1/8 cup of sour cream
  • 1/8 cup of mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ciabatta bread*
  • around ½ cup of shredded cheddar or mixed cheese
  • 1 tsp Olive oil

*Feel free to substitute your favorite bread or the only bread on hand for the ciabatta


  • Preheat your oven or toaster oven to broil
  • Drain the juice out of the tuna can (I like to give the tuna a quick rinse with water while still in the can as well)
  • Remove the tuna from the can into a small mixing bowl
  • Lightly break up any larger chucks of tuna (be careful not to mash-up the tuna, as this will destroy the texture of the sandwich)
  • Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, ½ tsp olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes with tuna
  • Mix until thoroughly combined
  • Add additional salt, pepper, or red pepper flakes to taste
  • Slice your ciabatta to the desired sized of your sandwich and then slice the bread lengthwise
  • Lightly salt and pepper inside of each bread slice and splash with remaining olive oil
  • Place the two slices of bread on a cooking pan (face up) and lightly toast in the oven for 2 minutes (or until bread has begun to harden, but not changed color)
  • Remove from oven and spread tuna over the top of each bread slice
  • Cover with shredded cheese
  • Return pan with slices to oven and cook until cheese is melted and slightly browned.
  • Serve with a side and/or beverage of choice.
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4 Responses to “Open Faced Tuna Sandwich”

  1. Jackie ( says:

    That’s my kind of snack food. Simple to make, easy to eat and so tasty! :-]

  2. sportsglutton says:

    Thanks Jackie! Just checked out your website and your recipes look great. I’ll checking back on a regular basis.


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  4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide says:

    I love it. And my wife would love that it calls for sour cream and not just mayo.

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