Tuna Melt Omelets

January 15, 2014

Tuna Melt Omelets

Guys this recipe is huge.
Yup, huge.
Wait, huge not as in size, but as in good. Insanely good. “Make it every day” good.
And I am not exaggerating.
First off: How it occurred to me to make tuna melt omelets?
It’s a long story - that includes me walking by a Subway shop on my way home and noticing a big ad poster for Subway’s $5 footlong tuna melt sandwich.
Well, it's not that long of a story actually...

Tuna Melt Omelets

Anyway, the Subway’s $5 Footlong Tuna Melt encounter made me realise I haven’t had a proper tuna melt in a long time. [And just to clear the air, I don’t care for Subway, at all. I’ve never been a big fan and probably never will be.]
But back to: me + no tuna melt + long time = bad.
I got home and couldn’t get tuna melt off my mind. Spooky echoes in my head “Tuna melt, tuna melt, tuna meeeeeelt...”
So I took the courage in both hands and made me a tuna melt. How brave of me.
Except that instead of using bread, I cracked a couple of eggs, made an omelet, and filled it with tuna salad and cheese. Tuna melt omelet. One word: rad.
Minstrels will write songs about it.

Tuna Melt Omelets

The omelet itself carries a light soft crisp, contrasting well with the soft creaminess of the tuna and the cheese.
Overall, this omelet will leave you satisfied but not stuffed (as a regular tuna melt sandwich does), unless you can’t help yourself from getting seconds.
Tuna Melt Omelets
A side note about canned tuna.
I am deeply concerned by the issue of tuna sustainability.
Huge worldwide consumption of tuna, especially canned tuna and tuna sashimi, has created major environmental and ecological issues that stem from the fishing methods used to harvest this fish.
That’s why I’ve decided to consume only 100% sustainable canned tuna, such as Wild Planet.
Wild Planet supports sustainable fisheries and seek out developing ones. The company has a comprehensive tuna procurement policy with strict sustainability requirements. Wild Planet’s commitment goes beyond its supply chains and this eco-brand’s thrives for larger-scale changes in the market and tuna industry.
It is more expensive, but I'm willing to pay the premium price.
The cancellation of the 2014 shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine is a good reminder that we should care more about the health of the Earth.

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Yields 2 large omelets enough for 4 people

Tuna Salad

2 cans (5 oz.) white albacore tuna (I used Wild Planet)
2 tablespoons chopped onions
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon finely chopped celery
1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley
1 teaspoon capers, chopped (optional)
Lemon juice, to taste


6 large eggs
¼ cup / 60 ml milk (your choice of milk)
2 tablespoons butter, divided
¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
A pinch of ground black pepper
½ cup shredded Monterey Jack (or sharp cheddar cheese)


Combine all tuna salad ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
To make the omelet, in a bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper, until just combined.
Heat an 8-inch non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and swirl the pan to coat.
Pour in half of the egg mixture and give it a good swirl so that they spread out thinly across the entire pan.
Let the eggs set and then sprinkle half of the cheese on the omelet.
Run a spatula underneath the omelette and slide it out of the pan (flat) onto a plate.
Immediately top the omelet with some of the tuna mixture. Fold over and keep warm while you make the other omelet.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 410 calories, 27 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbs and 37 grams of protein.


  1. I love your prose as well as your pictures Mike, it's so entertaining. I love tuna melt as well, very clever to put it in an omelet.

  2. Just recently becoming more of a fan of tuna. This sounds wonderful however, and I know my husband would love it. Great for a quick evening meal when you don't want to have to prep a lot. And yes, we need to take better care of our food resources!

    1. Thank you Lauren. I love tuna but between the mercury content and the sustainability issue I try to limit the consumption!

  3. I love your idea of putting sandwich toppings into an omelet! This looks really delicious, especially the first photo - great composition!

  4. Hi Mike, you are good. Your omelet is perfect and look so appetizing. I love tuna too, thanks for sharing your recipe. Great pictures.

    Have a nice week ahead.

    1. Thank you Amelia, I'll hope you had a wonderful week!

  5. Great recipe and I'm 100% with you on the tuna sustainability issue, we should all be more attentive about it!

  6. Not being a huge fan of bread - your version of a tuna melt sure looks "RAD" to me, Mike! I need to be on the lookout for Wild Planet Tuna for sure!
    Great reminder to be kind to this planet of ours. Hope your day is lovely

    1. You can definitely find Wild Planet Tuna at WF or online, it's a tad pricey but worth every penny.

  7. This is so perfect! I was just wondering what I could whip up for dinner tonight because all we have to hand were tuna, eggs and cheese - excited to try this!

  8. Darn you! Oh yeah. You heard me. And don't act all innocent, you know EXACTLY why! ;)

    I demand that you bring me a few eggs right this minute!

    1. I will, I will Sonia...there's no need to get that angry!

  9. I wish the voices in my head would say tuna meltttt instead of cookiesss and cake lol!
    This looks like really great breakfast or brunch recipe.

    1. Hahahaha Krystle, but in all honestly you have no idea how many times MY voices say "cinnamon buns" or "lemon bars"...

  10. 2 Words: Yum, Yum!
    Reminds me of the tortilla de atun that my Spanish housemother would make...egg tortilla filled with tuna (packed in olive oil). So good.

    1. Tortilla + tuna? That must have been so delicious. I want to make it!

  11. i used to get subway tuna hoagies all the time!! their tuna is bomb. actually, i've never had bad tuna salad. i make tuna melt salads all the time but not eggs. that is very creative!!

  12. This looks so good, I think it's going to be my dinner tonight :D

  13. This is really really fabulous! This recipe has saved my butt trying to eat better and less carbs, it tastes AMAZING and I don't even notice the bread is missing. Thank you, thank you!

  14. I think that you have eaten so much tuna melt omelets after writing this recipe. Can i replace ¼ cup mayonnaise by ketchup or else?

  15. Thank you very much! Today I had this for dinner to give it a shot and I can honestly tell you this has been one of the easiest and tastiest ones I´ve had. You just got yoursef a new fan.
    I came across your page this week as I just started to adopt a helthier and more active lifestyle a few weeks ago. Promise I will stay tuned ;)

  16. found this page totally by accident! So happy I did! Going to make this tomorrow.

  17. "I got a visit from the tuna police yesterday", said no one ever.