Classic Reuben Sandwich

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This sandwich brings together a true taste sensation that makes it such a classic.

The ingredients are simple: thinly sliced corned beef, sauerkraut, cheese, rye bread, and homemade Russian dressing! Grilled to perfection!

A Classic Reuben Sandwich sliced in half on a cutting board next to a dish of Russian dressing.
Classic Reuben Sandwich


We’ve got to say, a rueben sandwich is really only as good as the corned beef. What is corned beef you may ask? Read more here:

You can easily find quality corned beef at a solid deli. In a pinch, go with the package variety in the meat section of your supermarket.

The other ingredients are quite common and should not be hard to find.

All the good Reuben stuff! Look at that Wagyu!


Homemade Russian Dressing is so easy to make, and is perfect for this amazing sandwich.

And the great thing is, you can make the dressing up to several days in advance.

It gets even better after the flavors meld in the refrigerator for a while.

Homemade Russian Dressing tops it off!


The sandwich needs to be treated almost like a grilled cheese sandwich.

Layer the components of the sandwich in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until nicely browned.

Flip and continue on the other side.

A hand placing shredded cheese on a classic reuben sandwich in a skillet.

And if you like this sandwich, you’ll probably love our Philly Cheeseteak, Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwich, or our Epic Sausage and Peppers Hero, or our Croque Madame!

In the meantime, are you ready to make the best-ever homemade Classic Reuben Sandwich? Go for it!

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A Classic Reuben Sandwich sliced in half on a cutting board next to a dish of Russian dressing.

Classic Reuben Sandwich

This Classic Reuben Sandwich has been a deli favorite for decades in the U.S. Take it to new gastronomical heights by ordering Wagyu Corned Beef from Make the Russian Dressing from scratch, add sauerkraut, Swiss cheese...and brace yourself. This is good. Really good.
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Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Corned beef, Rueben sandwich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 466kcal


  • 12 slices rye bread Pepperidge Farm has a nice version, or Dark Pumpernickel.
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter softened, for outside of bread slices
  • ¼ cup Classic Russian Dressing for spreading
  • 1 lb corned beef thinly sliced
  • 12 oz sauerkraut drained
  • 6 slices Swiss Cheese


  • Butter one side of the bread slices
  • Heat a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat
  • Place a bread slice in the skillet, buttered-side down (place two slices in the skillet, if room, if not, you'll need to keep the cooked sandwiches in a warm oven, until they are all ready for serving).
  • Add about a tablespoon of Russian dressing to the bread slice(s).
  • Next add a nice heaping handful of the corned beef.
  • On top of this, add a layer of the sauerkraut
  • On top of the kraut, add cheese slices.
  • Add another layer of Russian dressing.
  • Top with bread slice, buttered-side on top.
  • Once lightly browned, carefully flip the sandwich, and grill the other side until nicely browned.
  • Remove and serve at once!


Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1735mg | Potassium: 449mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 359IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 4mg
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