A tuna melt is a classic of sandwiches. My other half, especially, enjoys a tuna sandwich. One of his favourite spots happens to be Ole & Steen’s tuna cheese melt toastie in Westfield, which is quite local to us. Interestingly enough, none of the other branches of Ole & Steen makes it quite as nice as the Westfield one. But that’s beside the point here for this article. What I want to share with you is that, after many work-from-cafe sessions at our local Ole & Steen and enjoying their tuna melt, I had a crack at its recipe and added our little spin to it to create this Jalapeno Tuna Melt Sandwich recipe.
When it comes to tuna sandwiches, tuna melt is the only way for me. I really dislike those tuna salad sandwiches as too often rather poorly made and tasted cheap with an overwhelmingly & sickening rich texture. For this tuna melt sandwich recipe, I’ve based if off from the listed ingredients from Ole & Steen’s website, added a touch of jalapenos, and put everything together.
How to make Cheesy Jalapeno Tuna Melt Sandwich
- Tuna (tinned) – I prefer oil-packed ones
- Ciabatta Sandwich Rolls
- Mayonnaise – we have a particular preference for Kewpie mayo but regular mayo works just fine too
- Hot Sauce – Sriracha / Tobasco / Frank’s Hot Sauce
- Jalapenos – either fresh or pickled ones are fine
- Salt – to taste
- Rocket Leaves
Oil vs water-packed tuna
You can use either one to make this tuna melt sandwich. I personally like to use oil-packed tuna because they tend to be meatier and richer in flavour. Though from a health perspective, water-packed tuna would be a little healthier than oil-packed ones. It is entirely up to your own personal preference.
Cheesy Jalapeno Tuna Melt Sandwich
- 228 g Tuna drained
- ¼ cup Mayo
- 1 tsp Hot Sauce / Sriracha
- 1-2 Jalapenos
- 1 tsp Salt
- 3 Ciabatta Sandwich Rolls halved
- Butter spread
- 3 slices Cheddar Cheese
- Rocket Leaves
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together tuna, jalapenos, mayo, hot sauce/sriracha, salt and black pepper until combined.228 g Tuna, 1-2 Jalapenos, ¼ cup Mayo, 1 tsp Hot Sauce / Sriracha, 1 tsp Salt
- Spread butter onto the ciabatta halves and toast the bread until golden in colour.3 Ciabatta Sandwich Rolls, Butter spread
- Divide the tuna mix across the three toasted bread. Top each of them with a slice of cheddar cheese and then a handful of rocket leaves.3 slices Cheddar Cheese, Rocket Leaves
- Press down the top halves of the bread and place the sandwiches into the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese started to melt. Serve warm.
Oil vs water-packed tunaYou can use either one to make this tuna melt sandwich. I personally like to use oil-packed tuna because they tend to be meatier and richer in flavour. Though from a health perspective, water-packed tuna would be a little healthier than oil-packed ones. It is entirely up to your own personal preference.
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