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Reuben Sandwich with Thousand Island Dressing

This Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich recipe is made with the best homemade thousand island dressing, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese on rye.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: reuben, gluten free reuben sandwich, homemade reuben sandwich, how to make a reuben sandwich,
Servings: 4
Calories: 794kcal
Author: Christine Rooney


For The Thousand Island Dressing:


For The Thousand Island Dressing:

  • Mince ⅓ cup of chives.
  • Add ¾ cup mayo, 2-3 Tbsp. adobo sauce, 2 tsp. lemon juice, 2 tsp. sugar, ¼ tsp. garlic powder, and a pinch of kosher salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir until combined using a small whisk or a fork.
  • Add the relish or chopped pickles along with the minced chives. Stir until combined.

For The Reuben Sandwiches:

  • Spoon a generous portion of the Thousand Island dressing on one half of the sandwich bread.
  • Place a generous heap of corned beef on top of the dressing. You can use as much or as little corned beef as you like.
  • Add a couple generous spoonfuls of sauerkraut on top of the corned beef. (It’s best to drain the sauerkraut a bit and not to add much of the liquid or the sandwich may get soggy).
  • Add a couple slices of Swiss cheese on top of the sauerkraut.
  • Top the sandwich with the second piece of bread. Spread some softened butter on the top piece of bread. Repeat with the remainder of the sandwiches.
  • Heat a skillet to medium-low and place the bread (butter side down) on the skillet. Allow the buttered side to toast on the skillet for 8-10 minutes.
  • Butter the other half of the bread, flip once the first side is toasted, and toast the other side for another 8-10 minutes.
  • Once both sides are toasted and the cheese is melted the sandwich is done. Repeat with the remainder of the sandwiches. Serve immediately.


You can customize this sandwich as you like - Feel free to add as much or as little dressing, corned beef, sauerkraut, and cheese as you want.
Cooking times may vary depending on the heat and type of skillet used. Keep an eye on the sandwiches as they are toasting and rotate them so they toast evenly.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 794kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 2907mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 902IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 526mg | Iron: 4mg