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Corned Beef Sandwich Recipe with Guinness and Corning Spice Au Jus

A simple yet flavorful Corned Beef Sandwich, toasted and served with a Guinness Au Jus dipping sauce.
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Irish, sandwich
Keyword Au Jus, corned beef leftovers, corned beef sandwich, leftover corned beef recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 739kcal
Cost $15.00


Corned Beef Sandwich

  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds leftover corned beef, sliced thin
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained of liquid
  • ¼ cup Dijon Mustard
  • 2 whole dill pickles

Guinness Au Jus

  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon diced shallots
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 cup Guinness beer
  • ¼ cup beef stock
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons corning or pickling spices (Most packaged corned beef comes with additional pickling spices. If they don't, you can buy pre-made pickling spice blends.)


Guinness Au Jus

  • In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and shallots. Stir as the temperature rises. Saute in the pan for 6 minutes or until the shallots are soft, but not browned. Turn down the heat if the shallots are cooking too fast. Add the garlic and stir for 1 more minute.
  • Add the remainder of the ingredients to the Au Jus and stir. Adjust heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. As the Au Jus comes to a simmer, lower the temperature again to the lowest heat that will still allow a simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, strain the au jus into a bowl to remove pickling spices and chunks of shallots. You can make in advance, and store for up to a week and serve cold, or you can serve warm with the sandwiches.

Corned Beef Sandwich

  • Preheat a grill pan to medium heat.
  • Butter one side of each piece of bread and place on the grill pan for 3 minutes or until the bread is toasted. Remove from heat. On the side of one piece of the bread that is not toasted, add the sauerkraut, then about a ½ pound of corned beef, then mustard, and top with sliced pickles. Add the top piece of bread and dunk in the Au Jus and enjoy.


If you want a warm sandwich it's easier to warm up the corned beef in a pan before you construct the sandwich.
If the corned beef you use does not have corning spices, there are pre-made pickling spices that are a great substitute. 


Calories: 739kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 3762mg | Potassium: 1051mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 217IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 7mg