Homemade Pastrami Recipe

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  • Total: 6 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 8-10 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
580 Calories
31g Fat
2g Carbs
68g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8-10 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 580
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 217mg 72%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 68g
Calcium 44mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The secrets to this express pastrami are the smoked paprika, the tight wrapping to hold in all the aromatic spices, and the long slow cooking.


  • 5 pounds corned beef brisket (1/2 whole brisket)
  • 3 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Remove the corned beef brisket from the package and rinse off thoroughly and pat dry.

  3. Trim off most of the fat, leaving only a 1/8-inch layer.

  4. Mix all of the spices in a small bowl and rub evenly on both sides of the corned beef.

  5. Drizzle the oil on a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil (about 3 feet long) and place the corned beef on top. Fold up the foil, wrapping tightly.

  6. Flip over, fold-side down, on another piece of foil and wrap the meat again.

  7. Repeat 3 more times with large sheets of aluminum foil, so that it is completely encased. Be sure to use lots of foil to ensure a tight seal.

  8. Place in a roasting pan, as some juice may still escape.

  9. Place in a 240 F oven for 5 hours.

  10. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature and refrigerate overnight still wrapped.

  11. The next day, unwrap and thinly slice the cold meat across the grain.

  12. Warm the slices in a pan with a few drops of water.

  13. Serve warm on rye bread with mustard and enjoy!


  • If you like it spicy leave the rub on. If you prefer milder, scrape off the spice rub before slicing.