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Three-Ingredient Spicy Tuna Melt

This no-mayo Spicy Tuna Melt only requires three ingredients and is packed with protein.  Use Sriracha and pepper-jack cheese to spice up this comforting classic!  

overhead view of a square ciabatta roll topped with tuna, cheese, and green jalapenos on a round, white plate

This past month I’ve been working with a nutrition coach to make better-for-me choices in the kitchen.  After spending a few weeks tracking the nutrients I’m eating, I’ve realized that one area I consistently need a little extra help with is meeting my protein goals.  I already eat a healthy amount of lean protein (along with things like eggs, yogurt, and oats) but recently I’ve also started snacking on protein-packed tuna.  This Spicy Tuna Melt is my newest favorite. 

This post is brought to you by StarKist and The Motherhood.  All opinions are my own.

StarKist sent me a few different flavors to try- like Sriracha and Hot Buffalo Style- from their new Tuna Creations® BOLD line. Each pouch is a good source of lean protein and contains 110 calories or less to keep you fueled.

The single-serve fresh pouch of premium chunk light tuna makes it easy to take anywhere and eat anytime— just Tear. Eat. And Go!  No can opener necessary and no need to drain, which makes it easy to add a BOLD protein to your favorite salads, meals, and snacks.  (Or you can just grab a fork and eat straight from the pouch!)

No Mayo Tuna Melt

I noticed most classic tuna melt recipes, like this one from Martha Stewart, call for mayonnaise.  I’ve never been a huge fan of mayo- with the exception of this ridiculously addicting Homemade Fry Sauce that I make occasionally.  To cut out the mayo, and simplify this recipe, I opted for a package of Tuna Creations® BOLD Sriracha.

hand holding a pouch of StarKist tuna

What is Sriracha?

Sriracha (pronounced “See-rotch-ah”) is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of red chili peppers, garlic, and vinegar.  Its garlicky spicy kick is a welcome addition to everything from soups, noodles, burgers, and eggs.  In many Asian cultures, Sriracha is used as a dipping sauce or condiment with meals, especially seafood.

Sriracha reminds me of sambal oelek, which shares many of the same ingredients yet has it’s own distinct flavor. Sriracha tends to be sweeter with subtle garlic undertones, whereas sambal oelek relies on the chili pepper flavor itself as well as a touch more vinegar.  I love adding sambal oelek to my favorite Korean dishes, like Curry Rice or Bulgogi.

white plate with tuna melt surrounded by red and green peppers on a brown table

How do you prefer your Tuna Melts- classic or spicy?

This no-mayo Spicy Tuna Melt only requires three ingredients and is packed with protein.  Use Sriracha and pepper-jack cheese to spice up this comforting classic! 

Spicy Tuna Melt

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 tuna melt
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Emily Grace


  • 1 Tuna Creations® BOLD Sriracha
  • 1/2 ciabatta roll
  • 1 slice pepper jack cheese
  • 1 jalapeño, optional


  • Use a fork to spread the tuna on a roll or piece of bread and top with cheese.
  • Broil in oven on HI for a few minutes, just long enough for the cheese to turn melty and bubbly.
  • Top with jalapeños, if desired.


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 797mg | Potassium: 210mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 16.6mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD flavors offer delicious and nutritious meal solutions to fit your busy lifestyle and add an extra kick of flavor.

Available in 6 BOLD varieties, including:

  • StarKist Tuna Creations® BOLD Thai Chili Style,
  • Tuna Creations® BOLD Jalapeño,
  • Tuna Creations® BOLD Hot Buffalo Style,
  • Tuna Creations® BOLD Tapatío,
  • Tuna Creations® BOLD Sriracha, and
  • Tuna Creations® BOLD with Rice & Beans in Hot Sauce. 

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