Reuben Sandwich Recipe

A recipe for a classic New York-Style reuben sandwich recipe with sauerkraut and thousand island dressing. Yum!

For Lunch, my family and I decided that we would have some reuben sandwiches. Yummo! Right? We don’t eat this on a weekly basis, or a monthly basis, for that matter; we just eat it once in a blue moon. This reuben sandwich recipe definitely hits the spot, though!

When we do have Reuben Sandwiches, they are to die for! Below is the New York-style reuben sandwich recipe. I really don’t remember where this recipe came from (it was from an old cookbook I’ve since lost with moving), but it’s a really good recipe.

How to Make Reuben Sandwiches

There are two main components of this New York-Style reuben sandwich recipe: the homemade thousand island dressing, and the reuben sandwich itself. This gloriously meaty New York kosher deli sandwich is heavenly.

The recipe makes enough dressing for several sandwiches (it will keep well in the refrigerator for about a week if you omit the hard-boiled eggs.

The sandwich portion of this recipe makes enough for one Reuben Sandwich– feel free to double, triple, or quadruple the recipe… It’s infinitely adaptable and not exacting when it comes to the measurements.

Ingredients for Reuben Sandwiches:

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing:

  • Mayonnaise – the base for this dressing. We like Hellman’s or Duke’s brands around here, but feel free to use what you have on hand.
  • Chili sauce – whatever you have on hand. I like sriracha, but this is entirely optional to add.
  • Sour cream – this adds that nice signature sourness to this dressing
  • Minced pimiento – also known as red bell pepper. This is for added flavor and texture.
  • Minced scallion – this adds that nice oniony flavor without being too much.
  • Minced green bell pepper – for some added crunch and flavor.
  • Hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped – these add nice texture to the dressing, but they’re optional.

The Reuben Sandwich

  • Dark rye bread – the fresher the better. There is no substitute for this if you want to keep it authentic, but if you do prefer another kind of bread, feel free to use that instead.
  • Melted butter – to add some nice flavor and to help get the bread crusty.
  • Swiss cheese – feel free to use another mild-tasting cheese; I would steer clear of cheddar, though.
  • Kosher-style corned beef brisket – this is the backbone of this sandwich. The best quality you can afford is recommended.
  • Drained sauerkraut – you’ll need this to mix with some of the prepared thousand island dressing from above. I know, an unusual combo, but it just works!

How to Prepare the Reuben Sandwich Recipe

There’s not much to this reuben recipe in terms of difficulty.

First, you’ll need to mix all the ingredients for the thousand island dressing in a large bowl, and set it aside. If you’re planning on keeping this dressing for about a week, I would simply omit the hard-boiled eggs.

After that, it’s all about making the reuben sandwich. Butter some bread, flip the bread over, then start laying on the cheese, corned beef brisket, and then cook the sandwich on medium heat until crusty and the cheese is melty. That’s literally all she wrote!

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Yield: Makes 1 Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich Recipe

One of the quitisential New York Kosher delicatessen classics: the Reuben Sandwich. Here, we recommend using our homemade Thousand-Island Dressing (recipe follows) and the best dark rye bread you can find. This makes enough for one healthy-portioned sandwich, but feel free to double the sandwich portion of the recipe; our recipe makes enough thousand island dressing for several sandwiches!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


Thousand Island Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce, such as sriracha
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon minced pimiento (red bell pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon minced scallion
  • 2 tablespoons minced green bell pepper
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped (optional)

Reuben Sandwich

  • 2 slices dark rye bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 slices swiss cheese (preferably thinly sliced)
  • 4 or more slices Kosher-style corned beef brisket
  • 1/4 cup chilled drained sauerkraut
  • 2 tablespoons prepared thousand island dressing


Prepare the thousand island dressing

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, chili sauce, pimiento, scallion, bell pepper, and hard boiled eggs, set aside.

Make the Reuben Sandwich

  1. Brush one side of each slice of bread with melted butter. Lay the bread, unbuttered-sides-up, side by side.
  2. Top each slice with cheese, then pile corned beef on one side only.
  3. Mix sauerkraut with 2 tablespoons of dressing and spread on corned beef.
  4. Put sandwich together and grill both sides in a skillet over medium heat, pressing together with spatula, until cheese melts and sandwich is brown, about 2 minutes on each side.
  5. Serve the reuben sandwich at once.


This recipe makes enough dressing for quite a few sandwiches. The dressing will keep in the refrigerator for about a week if you leave out the hard-boiled eggs.

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