Easy Salmon Melt

With no required chopping and just a few minutes under the broiler, this tasty salmon melt is easy and nutritious.  You might even call it comfort food!

Salmon Melt

I just got back from a lovely vacation to Norway.  Beautiful vistas, clear mountain streams (that you could drink from—I did!), plus amazing seafood. 

And I think I’m going through salmon withdrawal. 

But I’m also still recovering my energy—that vacationing can be tough (yes, I know, first world problems).  So could I find a salmon dish that’s tasty, comforting–and really easy?

How about a nice Salmon Melt? 

Salmon Melt

What is a Salmon Melt?

The salmon melt is a variation on the popular tuna melt. You just use salmon instead of tuna.

And the tuna melt is a variation on the tuna fish sandwich.  Wikipedia says that a tuna fish sandwich is “a sandwich made from canned tuna—usually made into a tuna salad by adding mayonnaise, and sometimes other ingredients such as celery or onion… Variations include the tuna boat (served on a bun or roll) and the tuna melt (served with melted cheese).”

And since canned salmon works just like canned tuna (if you buy boneless or take out the bones and skin), it works perfectly.

Salmon Melt

Why You’ll Love This!

Tasty, Comfort Food.  Maybe it was all the tuna fish sandwiches I had as a kid, but this ranks higher than mac n cheese on the comfort scale for me!

Healthy.  With omega-3 and quality protein in the salmon, calcium in the cheese and fiber in the whole wheat bread (you weren’t going to use white bread, were you?), this ranks high on the healthy sandwich scale. 

Easy. Just mix a few ingredients for a simple salmon salad, top bread, sprinkle with cheese and broil.  Doesn’t get much easier than that!

Salmon Melt

What You’ll Need

Ingredient Notes

  • Canned salmon. This is the main part of the dish and provides flavor and nutrition.
  • Mayonnaise.  This holds everything together and adds a creamy note.
  • Onion, dried or fresh.  This adds flavor to the salmon salad.
  • Bread.  This is the base for the sandwich.  I use whole wheat, which is healthier, but I’d probably be pretty happy with a toasted artisan sourdough too.
  • Cheddar cheese.  This provides the cheesy topping—I used a 2 year aged cheddar.  You can use any good melting cheese but it should be something strong enough to stand up to the intensity of the salmon.
  • Optional tomato or avocado. This adds flavor and juiciness/creaminess if you decide to use it.

Special Tools

  • No special tools required!

Step by Step Directions

Remove skin and large bones from canned salmon. Mix with mayonnaise and onion.

mix salmon onion mayo

Spread each slice of bread with ¼ of the salmon mixture.

spread salmon on bread

Top salmon salad with tomato or avocado if using

top with tomato

Top with sliced or grated cheese.

top with cheese

Broil on a metal pan or aluminum foil until cheese melts. (Watch carefully.). Serve immediately.

How to Serve

Like with other casual sandwiches, I love the idea of adding coleslaw when I serve this.  And you’re not limited to basic cabbage coleslaw, you can also consider a carrot slaw like my Thai Carrot Slaw or Carrot Raisin Salad.

Of course a side salad or raw vegetables with dip is another nutritious option.  Or consider a casual vegetable salad like my Broccoli Bacon Salad or Kale Brussels Sprout Salad.

And to kick things up a notch, consider adding a cup of soup.  Make it Creamy Leftover Chicken Soup and you’ll have Comfort times two!

Salmon Melt


Yes, I know, you always had this with tuna.  Well go ahead, it’s great as a tuna melt too.  Just use the same amount of tuna as salmon.  And if you’re looking for a more casual tuna recipe, how about this delicious hot Tuna Dip!

This is a very simple salmon salad with just salmon, mayonnaise, and onion.  Remember I was tired when I made it! But if you have a favorite recipe or a strong desire to add pickle relish and/or celery, then go with that.

Want to make it over the top yummy (and still really easy)?  Add the optional sliced tomato for a Tomato Salmon Melt.  Or the optional avocado for an Avocado Salmon Melt.  I’ll admit I usually add one or the other, but I’d eat the sandwich plain too–in a heartbeat!

Only want the avocado and no salmon for a cheesy avocado melt?  Well you do you!  I might sprinkle with a little everything bagel seasoning in that case for some avocado toast (with extra calcium) vibes. 

I like my salmon melts open-faced, but some people prefer a top slice of bread.  That’s good too—just be sure to toast it.  This option is especially nice if you’re feeding teenage athletes who are going to want, um, four sandwiches otherwise!

Salmon Melt

Tips & FAQs

Did you know that almost all canned salmon is wild?  This means you don’t need to do the whole farmed vs wild salmon debate.  Just double check your label to be sure.

Can I use fresh salmon?  You can use salmon filets that you mince yourself or fresh salmon burger meat.  If you do, you’ll want to make sure the salmon is cooked through if it isn’t sashimi quality.  But truthfully, the canned works so well for this and is (usually) less expensive, so this is what I use.  Even when I have salmon burger meat in my freezer.

Do I need to remove the salmon bones?  You don’t need to remove the bones in canned salmon.  The canning process makes them soft so you can smash them up when you mix up your salmon salad.  The bones even provide some extra calcium though I do usually remove the larger ones.  I always remove the skin, not liking the (dare I say slimy) consistency.

sandwich minus a bite

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Easy Salmon Melt

With no required chopping and just a few minutes under the broiler, this salmon melt is easy and nutritious.  I’d even call it comfort food!
Author: Inger
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 428 kcal


Salmon Salad

  • 14.5 ounces canned salmon large bones & skin removed
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion or a couple Tablespoons fresh chopped onion

Remaining Ingredients

  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese
  • sliced tomato or avocado optional


  • Remove skin and large bones from canned salmon. Mix with mayonnaise and onion.
  • Spread each slice of bread with ¼ of the salmon mixture.
  • Top salmon salad with tomato or avocado if using
  • Top with sliced or grated cheese.
  • Broil on a metal pan or aluminum foil until cheese melts. (Always watch food under a broiler carefully as it can burn or catch fire quickly.)
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 428kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 34gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 792mgPotassium: 457mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 361IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 541mgIron: 2mg
I am not a health professional and nutrition data is calculated programatically. Accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
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Updated from the original published Feb 17, 2019.

19 thoughts on “Easy Salmon Melt

    1. Inger Post author

      To make this on a griddle, I’d switch it from an open face to a regular grilled sandwich with two pieces of bread. That would help you get the cheese melted without the top heat since you could flip it and heat it on both sides. I just had a tuna melt this way in a restaurant and it was delicious!

      Hope you enjoy!

  1. Juliana

    Oh Inger, I am loving the layer of avocado in this salmon melt sandwich…thanks for the inspiration.
    Enjoy the rest of your week!

  2. In Good Flavor

    What a coincidence that my son made something similar to this for himself last night from a salmon fillet I had cooked up for him earlier in the day. He used mozzarella since it was the only cheese he could find that wasn’t American. This looks so good, I’m thinking I need to make myself one right now!! I hope winter takes a little break for you soon!

    1. Inger Post author

      Ah, they do say great minds think alike! Happy to hear your son will undertake something like this Thao–I should have encouraged my kids to cook more!

  3. Hotly Spiced

    This is so colourful. And how wonderful to have had a trip to NYC. I haven’t been there for a couple of years and I’ve only ever been there in the height of summer. I’d love to experience New York’s other seasons xx

    1. Inger Post author

      I am working on my writeup now, so take a look later this week! It was so much fun, you have to give it a try some time!

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks David. I am trying to make life easier without making many taste compromises–so far so good!

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