Recipe: Copy-Cat Firehouse Subs New York Steamer

I love love love Firehouse Subs - ever since I went to a blogger dinner and met the owner - I was sold! They use higher quality meats and more of them - they take care with their sandwiches - they donate money in every market they have a store. 

But I love the New York Steamer sandwich so much - I have to be able to make it at home too! 

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This New York Steamer sandwich is so delicious - pastrami and corned beef topped with provolone and then broiled. So good! 

sub roll bread

What kind of bread do you use for the New York Steamer? 

There are a lot of different breads you can use for making sandwiches at home. I came across these Bolillos - which is a french bread typically made in Mexico. They worked great for this sandwich and are very affordable (3 for $1).

What is in a New York Steamer? 

For the sandwich - I went to Firehouse for their ingredients: Pastrami, Corned Beef, Provolone, Vinaigrette, Mustard, Mayo and then topped it off with the Firehouse Subs Datil Pepper Sauce (my favorite - sweet & spicy).

How can you steam meat at home? 

The meats at Firehouse Subs are always steamed - so I asked the butcher shop how they'd recommend doing this. They said just heat the meat up on the stove for a bit so I did. I sprayed a skillet and then just heated the meat for 2-3 minutes.

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I put the oven on broil to heat up.  Then pile on the toppings! Corned beef, pastrami, provolone and whatever else you like. I put the mustard, vinaigrette and Firehouse sauce on before the oven. I popped them in the oven open-face on broil until the cheese was melty and starting to brown.

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Take it out and pop it all together and you have a homemade New York Steamer all ready to be savored and devoured!!!

Find other Copycat Recipes on my blog! 

Copycat Firehouse Subs New York Steamer

Yield: 2
Author: Heather Johnson
prep time: 2 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 12 M
Firehouse Subs is my FAVORITE sub restaurant and the New York Steamer is the only thing I order. Steamed corned beef and pastrami topped with provolone and melty deliciousness - you can't beat it! This copycat recipe for the New York Steamer will show you how easy it is to make in your own home! #newyorksteamer #firehousesubs #copycat


  • 1-2 Sandwich Sub Bread (Bolillo or French Loaf)
  • 2-4 slices corned beef
  • 2-4 slices pastrami
  • 3 slices provolone
  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Captain Sorenson's Datil Pepper Sauce


How to cook Copycat Firehouse Subs New York Steamer

  1. Slice bread in half and place on cookie sheet that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray
  2. Preheat oven on broil
  3. Heat small skillet with a light coating of non-stick spray, then place your meat into the skillet. Heat for 2-3 minutes
  4. Remove meat from pan and place on open-faced bread
  5. Top with vinaigrette, mustard and Datil pepper sauce .
  6. Top with provolone
  7. Heat open-face on broil for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted and starting to brown
  8. Combine the two sides together and serve!

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