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A grilled rueben sandwich that has been cut in half and then stacked on top of each other on a white plate with a pickle spear nearby.

Reuben Sandwich

Course: Lunch / Dinner, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Corned beef, how to make a rueben sandwich, Rueben sandwich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 719kcal
Reuben Sandwich has been a deli favorite for decades in the U.S. Be sure to seek out top-notch ingredients and make the Russian (1,000 Island) dressing from scratch. It's easy and can be made several days in advance.
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  • A large non-stick skillet or griddle


  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter softened, for outside of bread slices
  • ¼ cup Classic Russian Dressing for spreading
  • lb corned beef thinly sliced
  • 12 oz sauerkraut drained
  • 6 slices Swiss Cheese


  • Butter one side of each bread slice.
  • Heat a large, non-stick skillet (or griddle)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, slice, and serve at once!


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We order our corned beef from Katz Deli in NYC, but you can find excellent corned beef at any decent deli.  It's up to you if you prefer thick-cut vs. thin-cut. 
We love to gently heat the corned beef in a heat-proof bag in simmering water for about 5 minutes.  Most quality freezer/storage bags would work just fine.
The corned beef and prepared Russian dressing will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. 


Calories: 719kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 2307mg | Potassium: 777mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 581IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 314mg | Iron: 6mg