What To Do With Leftover Corned Beef?

Don’t throw away a single bite of a flavorful, slow-roasted corned beef brisket; it’s a thing of beauty.

Corned beef is one of our favorite dishes for St. Patrick’s Day, but making one that’s juicy and tender takes a lot of work. Even if you purchase a pre-cured brisket, which will save you a ton of time brining, it will take several hours to cook. You’ll probably have some leftovers on March 17 unless you’re feeding a large crowd, but that’s one of the best justifications for cooking your own. You won’t have any trouble using up your extra corned beef because it goes great in everything from soups and sandwiches to casseroles and quiche. And as a result, you’ll discover that whatever you add it to becomes even more delicious. One such example is this prep-ahead casserole, which is loaded with savory corned beef and crispy potato tots and will make you think of a Western omelet.

Classic Corned Beef Sandwich

We spread ours with a thick layer of mustard, but feel free to add or substitute your favorite spread to make this your ideal sandwich. With corned beef, sauerkraut, and relish, what’s not to love?

Corned Beef & Cabbage Cheese Quesadillas

These flour tortilla-wrapped quesadillas contain Swiss cheese, corned beef, and cabbage. A creamy dipping sauce is also featured with sauerkraut and stone-ground mustard to go with the quesadillas. Taste buds, get ready!.

Get the Corned Beef & Cabbage Cheese Quesadillas recipe. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below.

We adapted this fusion recipe from French onion soup and our favorite Reuben sandwich because everyone enjoys the cheesy bread topping. This is about to become your favorite soup because it has everything you love about the two.

Get the Creamy Reuben Soup recipe.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

St. Patrick’s Day Nachos

Instead of using tortilla chips, the base of these uses crispy roasted potatoes. Shredded corned beef and all of our favorite nacho toppings are then added. If you like your nachos extra messy (we do too), try drizzling some Russian dressing on top.

Here at Delish, we LOVE pickles. In our next trick, the bread on a Reuben sandwich will be swapped out for a pickle, transforming the deli favorite into a low-carb treat you can make whenever you like.

Get the Pickle Reubens recipe.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

This Reuben sandwich balances the salty, cured corned beef with tart sauerkraut and mild, almost creamy melted Swiss cheese. It is also made on one of the best sandwich breads—rye, of course! Do not even begin to discuss how incredible Russian clothing is.

Get the Easy Reuben Sandwich recipe.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Truly, anything tastes good in an egg roll, and this Reuben-inspired variation is no exception!

Make this simple one-skillet recipe without the carbohydrates, which includes cabbage, corned beef, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. Everything you love about the traditional Reuben sandwich is present, but the bread is absent.

Get the Reuben Bowls recipe.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

It’s time to break out the bagel chips if you don’t feel like a Reuben sandwich or if you need to serve all the best components—corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing—to a crowd.

Get the Reuben Nachos recipe.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

These tiny morsels forgo the bread for a low-carb appetizer that is worth making repeatedly. Although store-bought Russian dressing can be used in a pinch, we prefer the homemade variety.

Get the Reuben Pickle Bites recipe.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Is your ideal sandwich a perfect Reuben? Ours too. What’s not to love about corned beef, Russian dressing, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese? That’s why we created these melty crescent squares, which resemble a giant grilled cheese sandwich and are great for sharing.

Get the Reuben Squares recipe.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

The corned beef and Swiss cheese were our main priorities when we were making this dip. The Russian dressing and kraut did add a hint of tanginess to the dish, but it shouldn’t overpower the dip. The resulting cheesy, tangy spread might even surpass a real Reuben sandwich in quality!

Get the Baked Reuben Dip recipe.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Reuben Mac & Cheese

Get the Reuben Mac & Cheese recipe. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below.

Skip the rye bread and use a hard boil instead. These adorable egg sandwiches are not only the perfect party food but also a delicious light lunch or snack.

Get the Reuben Egglets recipe.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

We’re going to say it: potatoes *might* be superior to tortilla chips! Party food for St. Patrick’s Day that resembles a heartier version of nachos

Get the Reuben Loaded Potatoes recipe.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

When it comes to lettuce wraps, cabbage leaves are superior to romaine, as you may have heard here first.

Get the Low-Carb Reuben Wraps recipe.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Reuben Beer Cheese Nachos

Are these the traditional nachos, with beer cheese, corned beef, and sauerkraut? Definitely not. Are they delicious? DEFINITELY.

Get the Reuben Beer Cheese Nachos recipe. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below.

This breakfast sandwich inspired by Reuben is the ideal way to start your day and takes just 20 minutes to prepare. Pro tip: Instead of the traditional sauerkraut, we used a quick, lemony slaw made with Brussels sprouts. We promise, you won’t miss it.

Get the Reuben Breakfast Sandwich recipe.Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

These simple appetizers are bursting with Reuben flavor. These are made in under 30 minutes by using pre-made crescent rolls and pre-made Russian dressing (or make your own!).

Get the Reuben Crescent Roll-Ups recipe.

The digital food producer at Delish and reigning supreme over our collection of recipe galleries is Camille Lowder. Prior to this, she worked at or managed a number of New York restaurants while attending the Natural Gourmet Institute for culinary school. She adores anything that is vegan, foods that pass for other foods (hello, cauliflower), and an Oxford comma that has been well-used.

Three Ways to use Corned Beef Leftovers


How long does leftover corned beef last in the fridge?

After cooking, keep corned beef in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can also freeze cooked beef 2 to 3 months.

How long is leftover corned beef good for?

Long-term freezing will affect the flavor and texture, but the product is still safe. Following cooking, corned beef can be stored in the refrigerator for three to four days and in the freezer for two to three months.

What can corned beef be used for?

There are uses for corned beef besides reuben sandwiches and St. Patrick’s Day. It’s also for reuben egg rolls, quesadillas, nachos, even soup. Before we go too far, let’s just say that when you do make corned beef, you want it to be absolutely delicious because you don’t eat it very often.

Is corned beef good reheated?

Warm corned beef before serving. The best method for reheating corned beef is to boil the meat in an oven bag, which takes only a few minutes and requires almost no cleanup.

Leave a Comment