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Low-Carb Reuben Sandwich Cabbage Cups

Any time you’re lucky enough to have some leftover corned beef, these Low-Carb Reuben Sandwich Cabbage Cups are a creative way to use it! Or just buy some thickly sliced corned beef from the deli to make this recipe.

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog you might have noticed how I’m such a fan of both corned beef and cabbage, and every year during March I’m happy about the way those ingredients go on sale. And every year I try to make something creative with my leftover corned beef.

And of course, anyone who loves corned beef the way I do is also likely a fan of the classic Reuben Sandwich, probably one of the most well-known dishes made with corned beef. If you’re also a Reuben fan but don’t want the carbs, these Low-Carb Reuben Sandwich Cabbage Cups were so tasty and fun to eat! Kara and I worked on this recipe long before corned beef started showing up in the stores, so we used sliced corned beef from the deli, but this is a perfect way to use your leftover corned beef if you’re lucky enough to get some.

We loved the crunch of the raw cabbage leaves combined with classic Reuben sandwich ingredients of sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing, but if raw cabbage is not a winner for you I recommend very briefly blanching the cabbage leaves in boiling water, drying with paper towels, and then assembling. Either way you make it, I hope you enjoy this low-carb option for a Reuben! 

What is the Reuben Sandwich?

The Reuben Sandwich is a classic dish that’s found in delis all across the U.S. It’s usually grilled and features sliced corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian or Thousand Island dressing, and it’s often made on rye bread. 

Ideas for Cooking Corned Beef:

Of course you can buy thickly-sliced corned beef from the deli to make this recipe if you want to make it extra easy! But Corned Beef is easy to cook in the Instant Pot or in the Slow Cooker, and I’ve been cooking it for years for St. Patrick’s Day. If you want more options, check out Slow Cooker Corned Beef Recipes or Instant Pot Corned Beef Recipes on my Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker site!

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How to Make Low-Carb Reuben Sandwich Cabbage Cups:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. Dump sauerkraut into a jar and let it drain. 
  2. Cut away the core and separate the head of cabbage into cups. 
  3. Cut up one pound of corned beef into small pieces.
  4. Chop up onion. Heat olive oil and cook the onion a few minutes, until it’s starting to brown.
  5. Add corned beef and cook, turning several times, until it’s heated through and starting to brown.
  6. Fill each cabbage cup with some of the heated corned beef. (We trimmed the edges of the cabbage cups with Kitchen Shears (affiliate link), totally optional.)
  7. Put well-drained sauerkraut over the corned beef.
  8. Then top with about 2 tablespoons of Thousand Island Dressing, or however much you prefer. (Be sure to look for one with the lowest possible amount of sugar. I used Litehouse Thousand Island Dressing, which is pretty low in carbs, but some brands are much higher. You could also make your own low-carb Thousand Island Dressing if you want even less carbs.
  9. Serve with additional Thousand Island Dressing to add at the table and enjoy!

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More Corned Beef Ideas with Reuben Sandwich Flavors:

Leftover Corned Beef Low-Carb Reuben Bake from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Reuben Chopped Salad with Russian Dressing from Peace Love and Low Carb
Low-Carb Reuben Burgers from All Day I Dream About Food
Low-Carb Reuben Cabbage Rolls from Sugar-Free Mom

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Low-Carb Reuben Sandwich Cabbage Cups

Yield 6 cabbage cups
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Low-Carb Reuben Sandwich Cabbage Cups are a fun way to use leftover corned beef, or just buy some corned beef from the deli to make this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. cooked corned beef, cut into thick slices and then diced into small cubes
  • one 16 oz. bottle sauerkraut, well drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 small head cabbage
  • 3/4 cup Thousand Island Dressing (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Dump the bottled sauerkraut into a jar and let it drain well while you prep other ingredients.
  2. Cut away the core from the head of cabbage, and separate the cabbage into cups. (You can cut the cabbage in half if you want smaller cups, but we kept them whole and trimmed the edges after we put in the filling.
  3. Cut up one pound of leftover or deli corned beef into small pieces.
  4. Chop up a small onion. Heat olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium=high heat and cook the onion a few minutes, until it's starting to brown.
  5. Add the small pieces of corned beef and cook, turning several times, until it's heated through and starting to lightly brown.
  6. Fill each cabbage cup with some of the heated corned beef. (We trimmed the edges of the cabbage cups with Kitchen Shears (affiliate link) to make them a more manageable size, but that is totally optional.
  7. Put a few ounces of well-drained sauerkraut over the corned beef.
  8. Then top with about 2 tablespoons of Thousand Island Dressing, or however much you prefer.
  9. Serve with additional Thousand Island Dressing to add at the table and enjoy!

Notes

I used Litehouse Thousand Island Dressing, which is pretty low in carbs, but some brands are much higher. You could also make your own low-carb Thousand Island Dressing if you want even less carbs.

Recipe created by Kalyn and Kara and inspired by so many Reuben Sandwiches we've enjoyed through the years.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 6.1gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 1468mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2.8gSugar: 4.5gProtein: 15g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
As long as you’re careful to choose Thousand Island Dressing with the lowest possible carbs you can find, Low-Carb Reuben Sandwich Cabbage Cups are a great dish for low-carb or Keto diet plans. Corned Beef is not recommended for the original South Beach Diet due to the high fat content, but personally I would eat this for an occasional treat!

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