The Extraordinary Seafood Reuben Sandwich

Meatless alternatives have become an option many enjoy. Consider cooking your Reuben with fish caught in the chilly waters off Massachusetts and New York such as striped bass, flounder, tuna, cod, haddock, halibut, or  crab caught a bit further South.crab-sandwich-l

I love Soft Shell crab but cod is more accessible in the waters of the  Northeast and Alaska, flown in frozen. All seafood should give a briny scent of the sea as they defrost so you know they are still fresh. If they smell like fish they are not fresh. When fresh or properly frozen they  are delicious eaten roasted, grilled, fried or sautéed.

Cooking a seafood Reuben is easy if you simply coat a piece of cod or other fish with crushed Ritz crackers, and then place 2 tablespoons of butter on top. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees for 20 minutes and remove.

I used panko in the recipe below because it’s made of rice and is gluten-free, unlike Ritz crackers. I don’t use sauerkraut with seafood Reubens, but it may work fine for you. Homemade coleslaw seems to work better for me and is also easier to make with a food processor, 1 Tbsp mayo, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice, rice wine and balsamic vinegars. Just follow the instructions below and you may discover a new way to savor St. Patrick’s Day as I did. Enjoy!

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March 2016

Serves 1-2


1 lb cod, rinse, then coat in panko you have ground in a blender to make it less granular.
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 slices caraway seeded rye bread or gluten-free bread
1 cup fresh coleslaw
1 slice Swiss cheese
2-4 dill pickles, optional

220px-Only_today_I_got_to_know_this_Fish_better!_What_about_you?_(3852325083)For the dressing:

⅓ cup mayonnaise, Hellman’s is recommended or make homemade (see recipe below)
2 Tbsp ketchup                                                                                       Grouper
2 Tbsp sweet chili bottled sauce
½ tsp fresh lemon juice fresh ground pepper to taste

Mayonnaise Recipe

Yields 1 ½ cups

1 egg yolk
½ tsp dry mustard
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp vinegar
1 cup canola oil
1 dash paprika

Blend all ingredients at low speed with ¼ cup oil. Turn blender off then turn on and add rest of oil until consistency looks like mayonnaise. Yum!

1. Cut 1 Tbsp of butter into thin slices and place on top of cod with smoked paprika. Roast the cod in oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

2. On one slice of bread place coleslaw and roasted cod.

3. Mix together all the “dressing” ingredients until smooth and spread on the other slice of bread. Place the Swiss cheese on top of the dressing.

4. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add ½ Tbsp butter to the pan and place the sandwich on top of the melted butter.

5. Cook until golden, pressing down with a spatula, about 2 minutes.

6. Lift the sandwich from the skillet and add the remaining ½ Tbsp butter. Toast the other slice of sandwich until golden and the cheese has melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve your Reuben with dill pickles as a nice garnish.

Chef Allan Zox


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