How to Cook Hot Pastrami

A hot pastrami sandwich.
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Pastrami is corned beef brisket that has been rubbed with spices and smoked. Pastrami can be eaten cold, but it is often enjoyed hot. Since pastrami is already cooked, it just needs to be heated. Pastrami can be sliced thin for a sandwich or thicker and be served with potatoes and vegetables.

Steamed Pastrami

Step 1

Fit the steam basket into a pot and pour in water to 1 inch below the basket.

Step 2

Bring the water to a boil.

Step 3

Put the desired amount of sliced pastrami into the steam basket and reduce the heat to medium. The water should be heated to a low boil or a high simmer.

Step 4

Cover and steam for 10 to 20 minutes.

Step 5

Prepare a bulky roll with your favorite mustard, mayonnaise, horseradish or butter.

Step 6

Pile on the pastrami and top with a slice of your favorite cheese.

Sauteed Pastrami

Step 1

Preheat a large skillet with butter or olive oil over medium heat.

Step 2

Add the thinly-sliced onion and saute for about 5 minutes, until the onion has become translucent.

Step 3

Add the desired amount of sliced pastrami to the skillet and toss with the onions. Cook for another 5 minutes.

Step 4

Layer slices of your favorite cheese on top of the pastrami and onions. Turn off the heat, cover and let the cheese melt.

Step 5

Prepare a bulky roll with your choice of condiments, such as mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish or butter. Pile on the pastrami and enjoy.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot with steam basket

  • Large skillet

  • Tongs

  • Bulky roll

  • 2 tbsp. butter or olive oil

  • Cheese

  • 1 onion


Healthier versions include pastrami made from turkey or chicken. Create an open-face sandwich with crusty bread and top it with gravy. Make your own pastrami by seasoning and smoking corned beef brisket. Create a pastrami stir fry by adding bite-size pieces of vegetables to the skillet and serve with rice.