A bread-free way to enjoy tuna melts. These tuna melts in a bowl are akin to a hot tuna dip when served with crackers and other dippers.

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

Gluten-Free + Low Carb Tuna Melts

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.

How To Make It Paleo

Omit the cheese, or use a paleo-friendly vegan cheese.

Love Tuna? Love Salmon? Check Out These Recipes:

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

Also, this punched-up tuna salad is probably the most flavorful tuna salad you’ll ever eat!

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

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

Tuna Melts In a Bowl

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

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).


  • 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.

Did you like this recipe?

Please give it a 5-star review on the recipe card above!