Reuben Fritters are a fried appetizer recipe

Reuben Fritters

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1x

These delicious, crispy fried fritters are an awesome way to use up leftover corned beef! No corned beef? Head to your deli counter and grab some!



  • 3/4 lb. corned beef, chopped (you can use leftover corned beef or get it at the deli)
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 c. sauerkraut, rinsed
  • 6 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/4 t. salt, plus extra for seasoning the fritters
  • 1 T. dijon mustard
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 c. panko bread crumbs
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • thousand island dressing for dipping


  1. Set a large pot filled half way with canola or vegetable oil over medium heat. You’re looking for the oil to get to about 350º. If you have a thermometer that works best but a good way to check is to put the end of a wooden spoon in the oil, if it bubbles you’re good.
  2. Combine the corned beef, mozzarella cheese, sauerkraut, cream cheese, garlic powder, salt and dijon in a large bowl.
  3. Beat together with a hand mixer until well combined.
  4. Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop, portion out the filling into balls.
  5. Set up a breading station with three bowls, one for the flour, one for the eggs and another for the panko.
  6. Dip each ball into the flour first, then the egg and last the panko.
  7. Repeat until all the fritters are breaded.
  8. Once your oil reaches temperature, carefully drop about 6-8 fritters at a time into your oil and fry for 4-5 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to cool and season with kosher salt.
  10. Repeat until all the fritters are fried and serve with the thousand island dressing for dipping.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Deep Fry
  • Cuisine: American