Tuna Melts In a Bowl

Tuna melts in a bowl. Enjoy tuna melts without the bread. Paleo-friendly, gluten free.

Tuna melts are one of my favorite comfort foods.

When I started a paleo diet this summer, I came up with some grain-free alternatives to my favorite foods.

Following a paleo or gluten-free diet does not have to mean giving up the foods that you love to eat. This tuna-melt-in-a-bowl recipe proves just that.

All of the traditional tuna melt components are there – tuna, cheese, mayo, and capers (my fave!) – minus the bread.

Ingredients to make tuna melts in a bowl. Add dippers (crackers & veggies) and you're ready for a meal!

This recipe is perfect for snackers or grazers. If you’re an appetizer-for-dinner type of person like I am, you’ll love this recipe.

Serve with a variety of dippers – crackers, veggies, bread and butter pickles – and you have a meal.

Tuna melts in a bowl. Enjoy a tuna melt without the bread. Click through for recipe!

As a side note, you can use this tuna mixture to make traditional tuna melts on bread. I think you’ll love the addition of the capers to the mix. They add an unexpected zing of flavor.

If you’re a tuna lover, check out these tuna corn cakes or tuna noodle hotdish – a Minnesota classic!

Salmon lover? Check out these salmon patties using budget-friendly canned salmon.

Tuna Melts In a Bowl
Yield: 2 servings

Tuna Melts In a Bowl

To make this recipe paleo-friendly, omit the cheese or use vegan cheese.

I served this dip with gluten-free Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins (Sesame Seeds).

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes


  • 2 5-ounce cans of tuna packed in water
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Crackers
  • Cucumber slices
  • Red pepper slices
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Bread and butter pickles


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix tuna, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, capers, onion, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Divide tuna mixture and place into 2 medium oven-safe ramekins or 1 larger oven-save bowl.
  4. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Serve hot with your choice of dippers.

6 Responses to “Tuna Melts In a Bowl”

  1. 1

    Sonya Zieske — October 15, 2015 @ 11:25 pm

    This looks great! Tuna melts are a favorite in our family.  The “sans bread” looks delicious!  

    • Haley replied: — October 17th, 2015 @ 11:47 pm

      Thanks Sonya! I love them with or without bread 🙂

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    violet — October 17, 2015 @ 5:58 am

    I decided tonight to make tuna melts tomorrow. Never thought of the idea to make it in a bowl and use crackers. I will be trying this tomorrow instead. Thanks.

    • Haley replied: — October 17th, 2015 @ 11:47 pm

      Hope you like it this way!

  3. 3

    Charlotte Burkholder — August 23, 2016 @ 4:48 pm

    Nice budget friendly idea! Visiting from Share the wealth. I would like to invite you to share it at a blog link-up. Thanks!

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    Traci Gamble — November 20, 2017 @ 2:23 am

    I changed this up a bit by omitting the sugar since sugar is not Paleo. Additionally I didn’t have an onion so I used a leek and replaced the capers with kalamata olives since I was out of those as well. Orange cheddar is not Paleo due to the annato so I substituted that with pepper jack and it came out amazing with some simple mills crackers. Thank you for the inspiration!

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