Mandarin and Tuna Muffin Melts

Tuna Muffin Melt with mandarin, shallot and cilantroMy kids love tuna but I refuse to serve it to them casserole style — you know, a concoction of noodles and a can of condensed soup baked until it’s thick, slimy and hot. They do love tuna fish sandwiches, but boring old mayo just doesn’t really cut the mustard anymore. I concocted a sort of twisted tuna melt that’s packed with flavor. It’ll make taste buds take notice. And the cayenne? Optional. Enjoy!  

Mandarin and Tuna Muffin Melts


  • 2 - 5 oz. cans chunk tuna packed in water
  • 1 - 11 oz. can Mandarin oranges reserve 2 Tablespoons juice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped
  • squeeze of juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 small shallot sliced thin
  • 3 English muffins halved and toasted
  • 3 slices provolone cheese


  • Toast English muffins until lightly browned. Place on an oven-safe tray, top with a half slice of provolone cheese and place under oven broiler until cheese is melted.
  • Drain tuna and add to skillet or saute pan with soy sauce, sesame oil and 2 Tablespoons juice from Mandarin oranges can. Saute for 2 minutes on medium-low heat.
  • Add mandarin oranges, shallots, fresh cilantro and juice from 1/2 lemon. Saute until heated through. Add a dash or two of cayenne pepper.
  • Top cheesy English muffin halves with tuna mixture. Serve.
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  • comment-avatar
    Erin October 29, 2014 (11:17 pm)

    I need to try thus. My son love a tuna, but I do not. I never know what to do with it aside from just mayo. I think he will love this.

    • comment-avatar
      Jennifer Kiko October 30, 2014 (4:47 am)

      I hope he does, Erin! My kids ate it up. 🙂