Grilled Tuna Melt Made Skinny

A tuna melt turns an ordinary tuna sandwich into an extraordinary one. It makes a super quick and easy lunch or dinner and is absolutely delicious! I like serving it with a side salad, a handful of Baked Lay’s Cheddar and Sour Cream potato chips or Popchips and carrot sticks. Each skinny melt has 283 calories, 9 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber and 6 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints. 

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes


1 (5 oz) can chunk white albacore tuna, packed in water, drained well

1½ tablespoons light mayonnaise, I like Best Foods Light (Hellman’s)

1½ tablespoons pickle relish

2 sandwich thins, see shopping tip

2 teaspoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

4 teaspoons spicy brown mustard or yellow mustard, or to taste

2 large tomato slices

4 tablespoons reduced-fat cheddar cheese


1. In a bowl, add drained tuna, mayonnaise and pickle relish. Mix together with a fork. Blend well.

2. Spread the outside of each sandwich thin with ½ teaspoon butter. Spread the inside of each slice with mustard.

3. Divide the tuna and spread over each sandwich thin bottom, on the mustard side. Top each with 1 slice tomato. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons cheese. Place the remaining slices (mustard inside) on top to create a sandwich.

4. In a large nonstick pan, add the two sandwiches, cheese side up. Cover pan with lid and cook on medium-high heat about 2-3 minutes, until bottom is golden brown. Using a spatula, turn each sandwich over. Flatten a little with the spatula. Cover and cook another 1-2 minutes until golden. Turn sandwiches over again and cook, uncovered about 30 seconds more, until cheese is melted.

5. Serve at once.

Makes 2 tuna melts

Food Facts

Tuna fish is a member of the mackerel family. It’s found in warmer waters in the Indian, Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean oceans. Tuna’s probably the most popular fish used for canning today. About 3.5 million metric tons are fished commercially each year.

Healthy Benefits

Tuna is a great lean protein when packed in water. It’s rich in omega-3 nutrients, known to raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol)

Shopping Tips

Oroweat Sandwich Thins can be found in most large supermarkets. One sandwich thin has 100 calories, 1g fat and 5g fiber. They come in several flavors with the same nutrition facts. I used Oroweat Honey Whole Wheat. Several brands are available so if you can’t find Oroweat, use one of the others brands.

Looking for a sandwich maker? Here are two I like:
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, Silver, Black Dials
George Foreman GR136B 2-Serving Classic Plate Grill and Pannini Press, Black

Weight Watchers SmartPoints 
Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 tuna melt
283 calories, 9g fat, 2g sat. fat, 35mg chol, 25g protein, 30g carbs, 6g fiber, 894mg sodium, 2g sugar
 FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
202 calories, 2g sat. fat, 9g protein, 5g sugar