spicy tuna melt baguette

Spicy Tuna Melts Recipe

We created this one on a whim…

Picture the scene: a rainy Tuesday evening. A fresh pot of tea, brewing quietly in the background. Fluffy socks and weary heads. The craving for comfort food is intense. But we’re not talking beans on toast here. We’re taking things up a notch.

A beautiful blend of herbs and spices; it hits so many taste points. It’s a wonderfully hearty meal that doesn’t leave you with a sense of guilt (like a cheeky Domino’s night would.) It’s affordable and downright delicious. I honestly can’t get enough of this flavour-combo. It’s crispy, cheesy, flaky – and best of all – spicy.

We all know the classic tuna-mayo mix, but have you tried it with a Japanese twist? If you’ve ever wanted to add a fiery kick to a British staple, here’s your chance.

And the sweet part? It’s actually really good for you!

  • Tuna is high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which can improve brain function and bolster the immune system.
  • Mozzarella is a source of several vitamins including biotin and riboflavin. It contains protein and calcium which aid the body in bone density and muscle function.

You can add a side salad to your spicy lil’ baguettes for that extra nutritional value. We recommend it tossed with balsamic vinegar and sesame oil.

We’ve got five basic tastes.

  • Bitter
  • Salt
  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Umami

Everything that we eat touches at least one of these flavour points. Complex dishes often marry these margins together, e.g. curry. But when we take that first bite, certain flavour points stand out more to us than others. For this recipe, we’d say these are:

  • Bitter
  • Salt
  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Umami
spicy tuna melt baguette

Spicy Tuna Melts

The classic tuna-mayo mix with a Japanese twist. If you’ve ever wanted to add a fiery kick to a British staple, here’s your chance.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine British, Japanese
Servings 1 person
Calories 451 kcal


  • 2 whole Part-baked baguettes
  • 1 tin Tuna
  • 2 whole Spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 handful Fresh coriander finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp Dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger paste
  • Grated mozzarella add to your heart's desire
  • 3 or 4 Jalapenos adjust according to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic puree
  • 1/4 tsp Onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp Hot sauce adjust according to taste
  • 1 tsp Sesame seeds


  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit)
  • Finely chop the spring onion and coriander. Throw these into a bowl with the tuna, separating the tuna flakes with a fork. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add your sauces and spices. No specific order, just whack ‘em all in. Mix until it becomes a paste of deliciousness.
  • Slice your baguettes in half and layer with tuna paste on one side.
  • Slice baguettes in half and layer with tuna paste on one side. Top the baguettes with jalapenos, grated cheese, and sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until you reach optimal meltiness.

This is a recipe for when you just need to indulge (on a budget!) It’s cheesy, spicy, and absolutely mouth-watering.

Whether you have it on its own or with a side dish, it’s the perfect way to end your day. Let us know what you think of it in the comments!

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