Corned Beef Sandwich

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Corned Beef Sandwich is a really tasty Irish sandwich, especially when they are made with our homemade Russian dressing! Just one bite and your luck will change for the better! 

A corned beef sandwich sliced in half

Corned Beef Sandwiches

When it comes to a Corned Beef Sandwich, this one definitely has my own unique personal twist. If you want to make this more like a traditional Rueben sandwich, then just swap out the coleslaw for sauerkraut. I am not a big sauerkraut fan, my husband loves it but I think it tastes rotten. So I swap it out for coleslaw and some sliced pickles so that I can actually enjoy this yummy sandwich. If you want to go with my version, my Corned Beef Sandwiches are especially good with our Coleslaw recipe HERE and Homemade Russian Dressing recipe HERE. The creamy, savory kick of this mayonnaise-based dressing is the perfect way to doll up a sandwich. It gives your taste buds a little something extra to play with while you’re enjoying the tender meat and crisp, flavorful coleslaw.

What is Russian Dressing?

Russian Dressing made with mayonnaise, chili sauce, red wine vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and dill pickles or dill pickle relish. It is similar to Thousand Island Dressing. It is also comparable to the In-N-Out “spread”. You’ll love this creamy and savory mayonnaise-based sauce with a spicy kick. It is most well-known as a dressing on a Classic Reuben Sandwich or Corned Beef Sandwich.

Ironically, according to several sources, including CNN, the Russian Dressing recipe originated in New Hampshire, not Russia. A grocer named James E. Colburn invented the dressing. He created it as a spread and sold it to retailers and hotels throughout the United States. Colbern liked to use the dressing on a Russian salad, hence giving it the name “Russian” dressing.

A corned beef sandwich on a cutting board with Russian Dressing dripping down the sides

FAQ

What is the difference between a corned beef sandwich and a Reuben sandwich?

A classic Reuben sandwich has corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, thousand island dressing, and is served on rye bread. This corned beef sandwich has coleslaw instead of sauerkraut. Sometimes we use different bread or cheese. They are very similar, though!

Is a corned beef sandwich served hot or cold?

Traditionally, a corned beef sandwich is served hot. The melted cheese and toasted bread are so delicious together!

Where can I buy corned beef?

You can make your own using our Instant Pot Corned Beef Recipe, or you can buy it at your local deli. I have been able to find it at the deli in most grocery stores as well.

Looking for some Luck O’ the Irish?

Like all holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is filled with traditions. Whether yours is trying to catch a leprechaun or hiking around your town looking for the end of a rainbow, you’ll want some yummy food to round out the festive fun. This sandwich is the perfect way to use leftover corned beef if you are making some up for St. Patrick’s Day, or just pick some up at the store. If I am making this sandwich, then I usually need to run by the store anyway to pick up some Rye bread and sliced cheese from the deli.

One piece of rye bread spread with Russian dressing and one piece of rye bread with corned beef, melted cheese, coleslaw, and pickles

More St. Patrick’s Day Favorites

We have some other fun recipes that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. You can make it a week full of yummy Irish recipes instead of just one day. Because who doesn’t love stretching out a celebration? Especially if it means trying some great new recipes. Like this loaf of Irish Soda Bread with our savory Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew. Or you can also make up one of our delicious Irish Pasties with a green Mint Julep to drink. If you are looking for some green treats, then you will love our copycat Shamrock Shakes or Mini Grasshopper Cheesecakes.

How To Make a Corned Beef Sandwich

A corned beef sandwich cut in half and stacked one half on top of the other

Corned Beef Sandwiches

5 from 5 votes
Corned Beef Sandwiches are a really tasty Irish sandwich, especially when they are made with our homemade Russian dressing! Just one bite and your luck will change for the better! 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

Instructions

  • On one slice of bread, layer the corned beef and top with cheese. Place under the broiler in the oven until cheese just starts to melt.
    An open faced sandwich on a cutting board
  • Remove from oven and top the cheese with coleslaw and sliced pickles. Spread Russian dressing over the other slice of bread.
    One piece of rye bread spread with Russian dressing and one piece of rye bread with corned beef, melted cheese, coleslaw, and pickles
  • Put the two slices together and enjoy!
    A corned beef sandwich on a cutting board with Russian Dressing dripping down the sides

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 516kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 22gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 2256mgPotassium: 449mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 494IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 325mgIron: 4mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    I had forgotten to buy the rye bread, but I had tortillas, so I simply made quesadillas, the only other thing I did was to throw a few jalapenos on each one as well.
    They were so good!