This is a great spin off the classic Reuben Sandwich.

Now there are hundred of recipes for Classic Thousand Island Dressing but I don’t use it often so this my version which satisfies my taste and still has the classic flavor and is a bit easier.

Lunch or dinner, this is a great sandwich.

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: 30 minutes
  • Active: 30 minutes

Ingredients (8)

Thousand Island Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise # 1/4 cup water # 2 tablespoons bottled sweet pickle relish # 2 tablespoons bottled chili sauce # 2 tablespoons ketchup # 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard # 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 4 grouper filets; 1/8 cup milk; 1/2 cup flour; 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, pepper and salt for seasoning; olive oil to saute
  • 2 cups of sauerkraut. I like to use a good quality from the deli, but use your favorite brand
  • OPTIONAL 1 small red onion very thin sliced
  • 12 slices of a good aged swiss cheese
  • 8 slices of good pumpernickle; butter to brush on the bread to grill


  1. Make you dressing. Mix all the ingredients and set in the fridge to blend all the flavors.
  2. To prepare the grouper, I just put the milk in a baggie and then each piece of grouper. It just gives a light base so the flour sticks well. Mix the flour, cayenne and salt and pepper again in a dish or baggie and then dredge each fillet in until lightly coated. Heat up the oil in a (non stick I prefer) pan over medium high and saute the grouper until lightly golden on each side. 4-5 minutes per side is all or less depending on how thick.
  3. Drain the sauerkraut and set aside, your bread pre buttered, thin sliced onion, and the cheese slices ready to go.
  4. No heat up a grill pan or saute pan to medium heat. Now lets build the sandwich. Bread, top with dressing, cheese, grouper, onion, kraut, cheese, dressing and top slice of bread. Grill until lightly golden on each side. Should take about 5 minutes per side. The cheese should be melted and the sauerkraut nicely warmed.