Juicy homemade Reuben Sandwich Recipe. Slices of rye bread piled with corned beef, cheese and loaded with sauerkraut and a homemade tangy Russian dressing. This Reuben is everything a grilled sandwich should be.

Homemade Reuben Sandwich stacked with a side of chips.

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What is a Reuben Sandwich?

A classic Reuben is a sandwich consisting of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing between slices of rye bread that is grilled until the bread is crispy and the cheese melts.

Though the sandwich may be enjoyed hot or cold, we love serving it HOT. The meat is heated and cheese melts and the tangy dressing penetrates into the sauerkraut creating an irresistible grilled sandwich.

All of the needed ingredients for a Reuben arranged on a board.

What Ingredients go on a Reuben Sandwich?

  • MEAT- Corned beef that’s store-bought (deli dept), or use leftover homemade corned beef.
  • SAUERKRAUT- Homemade Sauerkraut or storebought will work great.
  • DRESSING- Tangy homemade Russian dressing.
  • CHEESE-  Swiss cheese is the classic cheese used.

How to Make a Reuben Sandwich?

  1. Prepare the Russian dressing – just stir it together.
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  3. Add the dressing, corned beef, sauerkraut and cheese to the bread and close to create a sandwich.
  4. Cook both sides of the bread slices as a grilled cheese until the cheese melts and bread slices are crispy.

Detailed step-by-step collage how to make a traditional Reuben Sandwich recipe.

How to Make Russian Dressing?

Though you can purchase Russian dressing or even substitute with Thousand Island dressing instead, the homemade dressing is SO GOOD and really easy to make.

  • In a bowl, whisk together the mayo, chili garlic sauce, lemon juice, creamy horseradish, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, onion, paprika, salt and pepper until creamy.

TIPS for Making a Reuben-

  • Bread- You want to make sure to use a good quality rye bread as it adds so much flavor to the sandwich.
  • Sauerkraut- Be sure to drain as much liquid from the sauerkraut as you can or the sandwich will be soggy. TIP- If you don’t like sauerkraut, you can use Coleslaw instead.
  • Garlic butter- If you really like garlic, sprinkle some garlic powder over the butter spread on the bread slices before cooking the sandwich.
  • Meat- Though corned beef is the classic meat used in a Reuben, you can substitute for pastrami.
  • Panini- You can use a panini press or a griddle to cook the sandwich instead of a skillet if you have one.
  • Dressing- The dressing does have some heat in it from the chili garlic sauce. If you don’t like spicy food, add the sauce to taste.

Classic Reuben on a plate with pickles and chips.

This Reuben Sandwich is not only great for a hearty lunch, but it’s also just as good for a quick dinner served with Baked Potato Wedges!

More Sandwich Recipes:

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Classic Reuben Sandwich Recipe

5 from 147 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
Reuben Sandwich Stacked and loaded with meat, coleslaw and Russian dressing
Once you try this homemade Classic Reuben Sandwich Recipe, you'll never order it at a restaurant again. Slices of rye bread with corned beef, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and cheese - grilled until crispy!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 3 servings

Sandwich-

  • 1/2 lb corned beef
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • 6 slices rye bread
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese

Russian Dressing-

Instructions

  • In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the Russian Dressing, set aside.
  • In a skillet, over medium heat, add oil. Once hot, add the meat and cook just until heated.
  • Lightly butter one side of each slice of bread. Place the bread (butter side down) on a plate.
  • Add the toppings to each sandwich: Spread the dressing, top with the meat, cheese and sour kraut. Close bread slices to create a sandwich.
  • In a hot skillet, cook sandwiches over medium heat 4-6 minutes, flipping once. Cook until cheese melts and the bread is crispy.

Nutrition Per Serving

3g Serving746kcal Calories38g Carbs32g Protein51g Fat21g Saturated Fat120mg Cholesterol414mg Potassium5g Fiber6g Sugar739IU Vitamin A25mg Vitamin C502mg Calcium4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Classic Reuben Sandwich Recipe
Serving Size
 
3 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
746
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
51
g
78
%
Saturated Fat
 
21
g
131
%
Cholesterol
 
120
mg
40
%
Potassium
 
414
mg
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
38
g
13
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
32
g
64
%
Vitamin A
 
739
IU
15
%
Vitamin C
 
25
mg
30
%
Calcium
 
502
mg
50
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: reuben sandwich
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 746

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Noneya
    January 27, 2024

    I haven’t tried the sandwich yet… If we don’t have the chili garlic sauce, can you suggest the closest we could come to making a substitute ourselves with common kitchen supplies?

    Thanks!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 27, 2024

      Hi Noneya! The chili sauce is made up chili, garlic, white vinegar, and sugar. I believe you can find a recipe online to make your own at home with a combination of these ingredients. I hope that helps.

      Reply

      • Noneya
        January 27, 2024

        Thanks for the response! Unfortunately, since I’ve never had the chili garlic sauce that you recommend, I’ve no way to tell if anything I find online that way would actually taste similar to it at all. But thanks anyhow.

        Reply

        • Tina Connolly
          February 27, 2024

          Chili garlic sauce can be found in the Asian section of most any grocery store. I got mine at WalMart.

          Reply

  • Cassandra Staten
    January 20, 2024

    This is my 2nd time making this and it is so perfect! I didn’t change a thing and it came out so good! The dressing is a VIBE!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 21, 2024

      I’m glad you loved it, Cassandra!

      Reply

  • Joshua Wertz
    December 30, 2023

    as I made the dressing for first time today and I was completely blown away. perfect. then I see all the reviews, good job. thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 31, 2023

      You’re very welcome, Joshua!

      Reply

  • Lorrie
    November 9, 2023

    Love, love, love the dressing! I made our sandwiches with turkey pastrami.

    Reply

  • Liam
    October 6, 2023

    Absolutely divine, oh my goodness! I hate to sound like a broken record, but the dressing really is absolutely amazing. Thank you for this recipe!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 7, 2023

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Liam!

      Reply

  • Sheryl E
    March 27, 2023

    That sauce was the best every. My husband who hates mayo loved it. I was in a hurry and didn’t feel like grating onion so I just used a little onion powder. Next time I’ll grate the onion but I can’t imagine it would be better but we will see. Thanks for the great sauce.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 27, 2023

      Hi Sheryl! That’s great to hear. Thank you. 🙂

      Reply

  • Carol
    March 23, 2023

    I love your recipes, Natasha! But am confused about something — who is Valentina Ablaev? Why is her name on your recipe?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 23, 2023

      Hi Carol! On occasion, we have a guest recipe post like this one. She is a food blogger as well.

      Reply

  • Janet
    March 17, 2023

    Delicious! Made these Reuben sandwiches tonight for dinner. Probably the best I have ever tasted. Loved the tangy, spicy Russian dressing. Extremely flavorful. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Amazing

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 17, 2023

      Hi Janet! I’m so glad you loved the recipe. You’re very welcome. 🙂

      Reply

  • Vika
    March 12, 2023

    YUM!
    I felt like sandwich like this for a while now ….we had similar one in Czech Republic! Finally found one that taste similar!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 13, 2023

      So glad you found this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

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