Pastrami Grilled Reuben

The Reuben is a kosher-style delicatessen sandwich which typically uses corned beef, but may also use pastrami as I’m doing here. The difference? Corned beef is boiled whereas pastrami is smoked.

And I say kosher-style because it may not be considered kosher by some according to Jewish dietary regulations of kashrut thanks to the cheese the sandwich gets.

Anyway the short and simple: Reuben sandwiches are pretty much grilled cheese sandwiches. The ingredients are thinly shaved corned beef (or thin shaved pastrami), topped with Swiss cheese, then sauerkraut, and then drizzled with thousand island dressing (or Russian dressing). The ingredients are placed between two slices of Rye bread then grilled as a grilled cheese sandwich.

If you don’t have a flat top gridle that’s okay, I used a cast iron skillet to make mine.

Ingredients: (Makes 1 Sandwich)

  • 4 Ounces Deli Shaved Pastrami.
  • 2 Slices Rye Bread.
  • 2 Ounces Sauerkraut (1/4 Cup).
  • 1 Tablespoon Thousand Island Dressing.
  • 2 Slices Baby Swiss Cheese.

Nutrition Facts: (Per 1 Serving)

  • Calories: 540
  • Total Fat: 24g
  • – Saturated: 10g
  • – Trans: 0g
  • – Poly: 1g
  • – Mono: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg
  • Sodium: 2,220mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Vitamin D: 0%
  • Calcium: 25%
  • Iron: 12%
  • Potassium: 362mg
  • Vitamin A: 10%
  • Vitamin C: 5%


  1. Gradually heat a cast iron skillet to medium-low heat.
  2. Once skillet is heated, hit it with a light spray of Avocado Oil and add in your pastrami. Cook for about 3-4 minutes then flip.
  3. As soon as meat is flipped top it with two slices of baby swiss cheese, then sauerkraut.
  4. Spray one side of your bottom slice of Rye bread with Avocado oil and add that to the skillet as well. After a minute or so passes, transfer pastrami topped with baby swiss and sauerkraut to your bottom slice of bread.
  5. Drizzle Thousand Island or Russian Dressing over top of your sauerkraut. Check underneath bottom slice of bread regularly until it is grilled to desired preference. Once ready, top sandwich with your top slice of bread and flip.
  6. Grill top side for about 3-4 minutes, checking regularly so it doesn’t burn. Once grilled to desired preference remove from heat, cut in half, and serve!


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