Eggplant Tuna Melts

SERVINGS: 4 | PREP TIME: 1½ hours | COOK TIME: 5 minutes

A twist on classic tuna melts



  • 2 cans (4.5 oz. each) Portofino Solid Albacore Tuna in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into 8 1-inch rounds (~ 1-1/2 lbs.)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 large, well-beaten eggs
  • 1½ cups bread crumbs
  • ½ cup marinara sauce
  • ½ cup fresh, shredded mozzarella


  1. Place the eggplant slices on a baking rack over a large bar pan. Sprinkle each side of the slices with kosher salt. Allow them to sit for 1–1½ hours, flipping periodically to extract the liquid from the eggplant. Rinse them with water and place them back on the rack.
  2. Dip each eggplant slice in the flour, and cover both sides. Then, dip them in the eggs to thoroughly cover, and then cover with bread crumbs. Place them on the rack until the frying pan is hot.
  3. Heat 1 Tbsp. of each type of oil in a large frying pan. Add half of the eggplant slices when the oil is sizzling, and cook on each side until browned. Repeat with more oil and the rest of the eggplant.
  4. Preheat the broiler. Place the eggplant slices on a baking sheet. Top them with 1 Tbsp. marinara sauce, 1–2 Tbsp. tuna and 1 Tbsp. mozzarella cheese. Broil just until the cheese is melted.
  5. Place 2 slices on a plate and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Eggplant Tuna Melts

Serving Size: 338g

Servings: 4

Nutritional Info Amount/Serving % DV*
Calories 550
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 1220mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Sugars 8g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 33g
Vitamin D 1mcg 6%
Calcium 175mg 15%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 673mg 15%