This Air Fryer Classic Tuna Melt recipe is comfort food at its finest. Made with albacore tuna, onions, mayonnaise, celery, bread, and sliced cheese!

open faced tuna melt
Air Fryer, Tuna Melt

Best Tuna Melt Recipe

This might be one of the most delicious things I have ever made, and once you try it you’ll understand why I say it’s the best tuna melt recipe ever! It was one of the easiest dinners I have made thus far in the air fryer.

I had my son’s friends over from hockey, so I needed something that was kid-friendly and easy to make. So I was thrilled to make this open faced tuna melt!

The kids completely went nuts over it; they loved it better than my Air Fryer Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich (and they love that)!!

If you are looking for more easy air fryer recipes, be sure to try my Air Fryer Stromboli, Air Fryer Mushrooms & Thyme Grilled Cheese, Air Fryer Burgers, and Air Fryer Turkey Club Sandwich.

Why You’ll Love This Classic Tuna Melt Sandwich

  • Only 10 minutes from start to finish
  • 6 simple ingredients
  • Flavorful
  • Quick and easy
  • Family favorite

Air Fryer Tuna Melt Ingredients

  • Albacore white tuna
  • Onions
  • Mayonnaise
  • Celery
  • Bread, any variety
  • Cheese, any variety

How To Make A Classic Tuna Melt

Step 1: Prepare tuna mixture

Drain tuna and mix in the celery, mayonnaise, and onions. Mix well.

Step 2: Air fry tuna melt sandwich

Add tuna mixture to the bread and top with a slice of cheese. Air fry at 250 degrees for 4 minutes. Serve as an open faced tuna melt or top with another piece of toasted bread and serve.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cheese is best for an air fryer tuna melt?

You can add any good melting cheese to the classic tuna melt. We typically use colby jack, but regular cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella, provolone, swiss, and American would all be great options too.

What makes this the best tuna melt recipe?

Because the flavor is incredible, it cooks in minutes, and there is barely any cleanup. Oh, and everyone loves it!

Can I customize my tuna melt sandwich?

Absolutely! Feel free to add fresh herbs, seasonings, or even vegetables to your tuna melt sandwich. Just remember that when you add extra ingredients it’s not going to taste the same as my recipe.

What goes well with this open faced tuna melt?

All your favorite sandwich sides go well with this air fryer tuna melt. Chips, french fries, onion rings, roasted veggies, or anything else you like will work!

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open faced tuna melt

Air Fryer Classic Tuna Melt

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2


This Air Fryer Classic Tuna Melt recipe is comfort food at its finest. Made with albacore tuna, onions, mayonnaise, celery, bread, and sliced cheese!


  • 1 can albacore white tuna, drained
  • 2 tablespoons onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • bread, sliced
  • cheese


  • Start by draining the tuna, and then pour it into a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the onions.
  • Add in the celery, and mayonnaise and mix well.
  • Smear the tuna salad on top of the bread, then top with a slice of cheese. And then place it on an air fryer safe tray or in the air fryer basket. Set the temperature to 250 degrees F, for 4 minutes.
  • Plate, serve and enjoy!


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Calories: 268kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 24gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 458mgPotassium: 366mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 113IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg

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