how do i bake a corned beef

Bake. Cover the pan – with a lid or with aluminum foil – and bake for 1 hour per pound. During the final 15 minutes of baking, remove the lid to allow the seasoning to brown. Remove from the oven and allow the corned beef to rest on a cutting board for about 10 minutes before slicing.

Baked corned beef is totally hands-off and has a more satisfying flavor and texture than its boiled counterpart. Heres how to make it.

How to cook corned beef in the oven:

  • Rinse the corned beef off with water and pat dry
  • Rub the corned beef in your favorite mustard ( dijon for me )
  • Sprinkle whatever magic seasoning was provided to you in the package of corned beef on the top ( fat side up )
  • Wrap tightly in foil and place on an ovenproof pan with high sides so the moisture released during cooking doesnt overflow
  • BAKE!

How long to cook corned beef in the oven?

The time to bake corned beef in the oven until it is tender, juicy, but still sliceable, is really simple to remember! Bake it for one hour per pound, and if your corned beef isnt a “perfect”, even weight, round up to the quarter pound for times. For instance, a 2.65 lb corned beef should cook for the same time as a 2.75 lb corned beef: 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Heres some common times to spare you any math:

  • 1 lb corned beef : bake 1 hour
  • 2 lb corned beef: bake 2 hours
  • 2.25 lb corned beef: bake 2 hours 15 minutes
  • 2.5 lb corned beef: bake 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 2.75 lb corned beef: bake 2 hours 45 minutes
  • 3 lb corned beef: bake 3 hours
  • 3.5 lb corned beef: bake 3 hours 30 minutes
  • … you get the idea!

Dont forget, once you take the corned beef out of the oven, it needs to REST before you slice into it, otherwise it will end up dry.

Why we love this recipe

Corned beef is a bit of a love it or leave it proposition. As a huge fan of umami and descendent of Irish immigrants to the United States, Im firmly in the love it camp. While boiled dinner is all well and good, I much prefer baked corned beef for its more succulent flavor and texture and its hands-off vibe.

This recipe:

  • Takes five minutes of hands-on time
  • Produces excellent, consistent results
  • Accommodates any size corned beef brisket
  • And just about any cooking equipment youve got

You can cook the meat on its own or add cabbage, carrots, onion, and potatoes toward the end of cooking to approximate a boiled dinner. It also makes excellent sandwiches and hash.

Heres a glance at the ingredients youll need to make this recipe. Its not much!

  • Corned beef brisket is a piece of beef brisket thats been cured in a flavored salt brine. Though a whole brisket is much larger, youll often find corned beef in 3-ish pound pieces. It shrinks quite a bit when cooking, so allow for ¾ pound per person. You can bake two side by side if you like.
  • Typically this cut of meat comes with a small spice packet included. If yours does, youll use that. If not, you can refer to the section below to make your own spice blend.
  • The only other thing you need is water to a depth of about an inch in the pan.

Bake. Cover the pan – with a lid or with aluminum foil – and bake for 1 hour per pound. During the final 15 minutes of baking, remove the lid to allow the seasoning to brown. Remove from the oven and allow the corned beef to rest on a cutting board for about 10 minutes before slicing.

FAQ

How long does it take to cook corned beef in the oven?

Corned Beef Weight
Cooking Time
1 lbs
1 hr
2 lbs
2 hrs
3 lbs
3 hrs
3.5 lbs
3 hrs 30 mins

Should you cover corned beef when baking?

Since corned beef needs to cook with moist heat, you’ll cover the pan or wrap the roast with aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out. Check the liquid as it cooks, replenishing it if needed. You can add vegetables during the last hour of cooking.

Is it better to boil or bake corned beef?

If you don’t go to at least 200, it will be rubbery. Boiling is the most common way to cook corned beef, but it can also be baked or made in a slow cooker. The important thing is to cook it slowly so that it will be tender when finished. To serve you should slice it against the grain.

Can you cook corned beef at 350 degrees?

OVEN: Set the oven for 350 °F (or no lower than 325 °F). Place brisket fat-side up. Barely cover the meat with water—about 1 inch—and keep the container covered throughout the cooking time. Allow about one hour per pound.

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