Tuna Grilled Cheese

2013 Kids Recipe Challenge winning recipe: 2nd Place!

Brantford’s Clairise loves that this is fun to make and has lots of gooey cheese.  

Warm and comforting, grilled cheese sandwiches are always a big hit with everyone in the family. Look for light tuna such as skipjack since it is a great source of protein and usually lower priced than white tuna.  

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Makes: 2 sandwiches


Flaked light tuna in water, drained

1 can (170 g) 

Finely chopped celery

2 Tbsp (30 mL) 

Light mayonnaise

1 Tbsp (15 mL) 

Lemon juice

1/2 tsp (2 mL) 

Pinch freshly ground black pepper


Multigrain bread

4 slices

Butter or soft non hydrogenated margarine

2 tsp (10 mL) 

Cheddar cheese

2 slices

Baby spinach

1 cup (250 mL)  

Small tomato, sliced                          



  1. In a small bowl, mix together tuna, celery, mayonnaise, lemon juice and pepper. 
  2. Spread bread with butter on one side of each slice. Divide tuna mixture on two of the unbuttered sides of the bread. Top tuna with cheese slice and other slice of bread, buttered side up. 
  3. Place sandwiches in large nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook for about 2 minutes per side until golden brown. 
  4. Remove from skillet and gently lift bread slice and tuck baby spinach and tomato inside the sandwich to serve.

Nutrition Information per 1 sandwich: 

Calories: 502 kcal

Protein: 37 g

Fat: 20 g

Carbohydrate: 43 g

Fibre: 8 g

Sodium: 878 mg (cheese, bread, tuna)

Last Update – November 9, 2016

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