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Air Fryer Tuna Melt

I used my favorite low-carb pita bread to make this quick and easy Air Fryer Tuna Melt! And this was so tasty for a ten-minute meal that’s pretty low in carbs!

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I’m guessing that even people who really like to cook are getting a bit tired of cooking almost every meal while we’re stuck at home! I know at my house I’ve definitely been thinking of things to eat that don’t take much time in the kitchen. Not all my quick-and-easy cooking experiments are blog-worthy, but after I made myself an Air Fryer Tuna Melt for the third time and loved it, I decided to take some photos so I could share this simple recipe with you.

This recipe uses my favorite low-carb pita bread (with 7 net carbs per pita) and my favorite tuna packed in olive oil. And there aren’t any ingredients besides the pita bread that have significant carbs, so this is something I loved for a pretty low-carb dinner. I eat one Tuna Melt for quick dinner I can make in a few minutes, but if you wanted to add something simple like Cucumbers Caesar or Mary’s Spring Mix Salad you could share one tuna melt with two people for a dinner that’s even lower in carbs!

I made this a few different ways when I was experimenting, but in the end I loved the simplest version with just pita bread, tuna packed in olive oil, mayo, dill pickle relish (or chopped dill pickle), a little chopped red onion, and Mozzarella cheese. And hopefully most of the things on that list are going to be things you usually keep on hand; enjoy!

What Air Fryer did I use?

I love my Cuisinart Convection Air Fryer Toaster Oven which is what I used for this recipe. This air fryer has a larger basket, which made it easy to fit a piece of pita bread, but I haven’t tried cooking two pitas at once. (Air fryer links are affiliate links. Use Air Fryer Recipes to see the other Air Fryer recipes on this site.)

What if you don’t have an Air Fryer?

I haven’t tested this recipe in the toaster oven or oven, but I’m absolutely confident it would work just fine. Since the Air Fryer cooks more like a convection oven, I’d add a tiny bit more time for each step of the cooking process for cooking in a toaster oven or regular oven. You might have to experiment with one and keep checking it to see what time is best for the exact toaster oven or stove you’re using. (If anyone does narrow down the cooking times without an Air Fryer, please come back and let us know.)

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How to Make Air Fryer Tuna Melt:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Preheat Air Fryer (or oven) to 400F/200C.
  2. I used one can of my favorite Genova Tuna Packed in Olive Oil (affiliate link) to make two Tuna Melts. Use any tuna you prefer.
  3. Drain the tuna in a colander in the sink.
  4. Finely chop the red onion. I used dill pickle relish (affiliate link), but just chop up a dill pickle if you don’t have that.
  5. Mix drained tuna, chopped red onion, dill pickle relish (or chopped pickles), mayo, and a little black pepper.
  6. I used my favorite low-carb pita bread (with 7 net carbs per pita).
  7. Put Pita Bread in the Air Fryer basket and toast 40 seconds, then turn over and toast 40 seconds more. (If your Air Fryer is a different brand you may have to test one to see how much time you need to get the Pita bread firm but not starting to brown.)
  8. Spread half the tuna mixture on the toasted pita bread. 
  9. Sprinkle grated Mozzarella cheese over the tuna mixture.
  10. Put the Pita topped with tuna and cheese back in the air fryer basket and cook until cheese is complete melted and the mixture is hot, just slightly over a minute for the Air Fryer I used.
  11. Serve hot and enjoy!

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More Easy Dinners in the Air Fryer:

Air Fryer Pizza (with three low-carb crust options)
Spicy Air Fryer Shrimp with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce
Air Fryer Salmon with Mustard-Herb Sauce
Herb-Marinated Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
Low-Carb and Keto Air Fryer Recipes (from Kalyn’s Kitchen and blogs around the web)

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Air Fryer Tuna Melt

Yield 2 tuna melts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes

When you're hungry but don't want to cook, this Air Fryer Tuna Melt is super quick and easy for a dinner that's also pretty low in carbs!

Ingredients

  • one 5 oz. can tuna packed in olive oil (see notes)
  • 2 pita breads (see notes)
  • 2 T dill pickle relish (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 3 T mayo (more or less to taste)
  • fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat Air Fryer (or oven) to 400F/200C while you prepare the tuna.
  2. I used one can of my favorite Genova Tuna Packed in Olive Oil (affiliate link) to make two Tuna Melts. Use any tuna you prefer.
  3. Drain the tuna in a colander in the sink.
  4. Finely chop enough red onion to make 1/4 cup.
  5. I used dill pickle relish (affiliate link) to make it easy, but just chop up a dill pickle if you don't have that.
  6. Mix drained tuna, chopped red onion, dill pickle relish (or chopped pickles), mayo, and a little black pepper.
  7. Put one piece Pita Bread in the Air Fryer basket and toast 40 seconds, then turn it over and toast 40 seconds on the other side.
  8. (Different Air Fryer models might take slightly more or less time, so you may have to test one to see how much time you need; you want the Pita bread firm but not starting to brown much at this point.)
  9. Spread half the tuna mixture on the toasted pita bread. (I did this on the cutting board so I didn't make a mess in my Air Fryer basket!)
  10. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of grated Mozzarella cheese over the tuna mixture. (Use more or less cheese to taste; I wanted all the tuna covered with cheese.)
  11. Put the Pita topped with tuna and cheese back in the air fryer basket and cook until cheese is complete melted and the mixture is hot, just slightly over a minute for the Air Fryer I used.
  12. Serve hot and enjoy!

Notes

I used Genova Tuna Packed in Olive Oil (affiliate link) to make two Tuna Melts. Use any tuna you prefer. I used Joseph's Low-Carb Pita Bread (affiliate link) which has 7 net carbs per pita. I love dill pickle relish (affiliate link) which has zero carbs, but just chop up dill pickles if you don't have it.

Carbs are calculated using net carbs from the products I used.

Recipe created by Kalyn when she wanted to use what was in the house but didn't want to spend much time in the kitchen!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 28.4gSaturated Fat: 5.9gUnsaturated Fat: 22.5gCholesterol: 51.5mgSodium: 1070mgCarbohydrates: 10.1gFiber: 2.4gSugar: 1.6gProtein: 27.1g

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
With the lower-carb Pita bread I used, these Air Fryer Tuna Melts are a good easy dinner for carb-conscious eating plans, and for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. This is probably too high in carbs for Keto or extremely low-carb diets, but you could eat half a Tuna Melt with salad if you want an option with fewer carbs.

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    2 Comments on “Air Fryer Tuna Melt”

  1. Great one, quick and love using air fryer and Joseph low carb pita. I used Low fat mayo too and since didn’t have quite the right cheese on hand mixed a little 2% cottage cheese and one wedge of laughing cow in there and it was wonderful. Will make often. Thank you