Classic Corned Beef and Cabbage


Classic Corned Beef and Cabbage

This traditional corned beef and cabbage recipe is perfect all year, not just for St. Patrick's Day!

Classic Corned Beef and Cabbage
3 Hr 10 Min

Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like this Classic Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe. You don't have to be Irish to enjoy a taste of fork-tender corned beef with a hearty helping of potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. Now that's what we call dinnertime goodness!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (3- to 3-1/2-pound) corned beef brisket with pickling spices
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 green cabbage, cut into 2-inch wedges

What to Do

  1. In a large Dutch oven over high heat, bring corned beef with pickling spices and water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 2-1/2 hours, or until almost fork-tender.
  2. Add potatoes, carrots, and cabbage to corned beef and continue cooking, covered, 25 to 30 minutes, or until vegetables and corned beef are fork-tender.
  3. Place corned beef on a cutting board and slice across the grain. Serve with vegetables.

Common Questions About Corned Beef

So your corned beef is in the pot, you've checked it with a fork, but you're scratching your head wondering if it's "fork tender" and asking yourself "How do you know when corned beef is done cooking?" Well, the answer is simple! If you have a meat thermometer handy, insert it into the meat (being sure not to touch the sides or bottom of your cooking pot!), and check the internal temperature. Corned beef should be cooked to a minimum of 145 degrees Farenheit for the ideal tender, juicy result. 

Another very common question is "Do you rinse corned beef before cooking?" And the answer is yes, absolutely (unless you want a very salty result). Don't worry that this will rinse away all the flavor, though! All you're doing is removing the excess salt which has been infusing the meat with loads of flavor, up until cooking time--it's supposed to be removed before going on the heat! That little seasoning packet will continue adding plenty of delicious flavors to your recipe as it cooks, and you won't miss that excess salt. 

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The recipe says to add the veggies in for the last 30 minutes (after the meat has already been in for 2 1/2 hours) yet the video shows them being added in the beginning and then "cooking until veggies are tender". Which is it and how long do you cook it all for? Seems like if you leave the veggies in for the full 3 hours they will be mush

Hi! In the video Howard says to let the beef cook for a couple hours. He then adds the veggies on top and cooks them for 30 minutes; so the beef is almost done whent he veggies are added. Hope this helps!

Is anyone else having a problem logging in to their recipe box? I log in but when I click on "save to recipe box", it goes back to to login screen. Please help!

Hi there! There was an technical issue with this feature yesterday, but it has been resolved now.

Its good but we cook it in apple juice its soooo much better

Tried this recipe? What did you think?

a family favorite! I occasionally add a med. size onion quartered.

what you do not have the packet of spices ???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello, Are you asking about the pickling spices? If so, you can buy the pickling spice in a bottle at the store, or you can make your own mixture by combining some cinnamon, allspice, mustard seed, ginger, coriander, and black pepper.

I made this last year it was soooo blood.Im cooking it this this is a five star recipe. You will fall in love to :)

I'm trying to find out if I can cook the corned beef the night before because I'm cooking for 50 people and I won't have enough room for everything that morning. I have to feed them at 12 noon. How would I warm it up for the dinner?

You never cook corn beef and cabbage without turnip

You never make corn beef and cabbage without turnip and mushie peas

Some of you are looking for corned beef prepared in slow-cooker. Great news, the Mr. Food Test Kitchen has one for you! You can find it here; Enjoy!

i wish reply button worked i want the slow cooker recipe

You can copy the link and then paste it into the brower

What do you think?I tried to reply to the person who wanted a slow cooker version but the reply button didn't work.

very good i tried

thanks but no thanks, i wanted a recipe for cooking corn beef in the crock pot.

I make this recipe in the crockpot all the time, only takes longer. Hope it helps.


I was also looking to see you you could use a crock pot too.

Yes, I cooked one last night in my crock pot. It is rectangular though so the liquid nearly covered brisket.

sounds great looking for cornbeef cooked beer.

Just use half beer and half water


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