how long do you cook corned beef on the stove

Corned Beef and Cabbage is easy to make on the stovetop! With just six ingredients and a little patience, you can have this traditional Irish boiled corned beef with potatoes, cabbage, and carrots ready for St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year!

With St Patrick’s Day coming up I was talking about Irish recipes with a friend recently when she asked me what the best recipe for corned beef and cabbage was. This, my friends, is it. It is a simple, six ingredient traditional Irish corned beef made with cabbage, potatoes, and carrots, all cooked on the stovetop.

This recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or New Year’s Day but easy enough to make on busy weeknights as well. I like to serve it with 15 minute Homemade Biscuits or Guinness Beer Bread. (If you want more Irish recipes, be sure to try my Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew as well!)

How to Cook Corned Beef to Make it Tender

Briskets are tough pieces of meat that have to be cooked properly. With a few tricks, however, you have cook perfectly tender corned beef.

  • Cook Over Low Heat The most important principle to cooking briskets is to cook for a long time over low heat. This allows the tough meat to break down into that fork-tender brisket we all know and love!
  • Cook Slowly Like I mentioned above, if you don’t cook this meat long enough, it will be tough. If it isn’t tender, cook it longer!
  • Slice Across the Grain Brisket has fibrous strands that are tough to chew unless you cut it across the grain. Don’t miss that step!!

how long do you cook corned beef on the stove

How to Season Corned Beef

Corned Beef is a beef brisket that has been seasoned and brined. When you purchase it, it will come with a spice packet along with it containing peppercorns, mustard seeds, coriander and usually whole allspice. If your brisket doesn’t include a seasoning packet, bundle some pickling spices, bay leaves, and peppercorns in a cheesecloth and add it in its place.

how long do you cook corned beef on the stove

How to Cook Corned Beef

Corned beef should be simmered until it is fork tender. To make corned beef:

  • Place the corned beef a stock pot. Add the spice packet, a bottle of dark beer and enough water to cover the corned beef completely.
  • Bring it to a boil and cover, cooking on a low simmer for 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 hours. This cooking time will vary depending on the size and shape of the corned beef.
    • Suggested cook time is 45-50 minutes per pound. Ensure it is a low simmer. Check a small piece and ensure it’s tender.
  • Once fork tender, remove the corned beef from the liquid and rest for at least 20 minutes.

While the meat is resting, add the vegetables to the corned beef water and simmer about 25 minutes. The water has tons of delicious flavor perfect for potatoes, carrots and cabbage. Toss them in butter, salt and pepper, and fresh parsley.


Corned Beef must always be cut across the grain. Look at the beef and you can see the direction of the fibers of the meat, you’ll want to cut the opposite way the fibers run for the most tender meat!

Instant Pot Corned Beef: You can also make Instant Pot Corned Beef using the same ingredients. Simply place the corned beef, 1 bottle of beer and 2 cups of water in the Instant Pot. A 3.5-4lb corned beef will need about 90 minutes (with 15 minutes natural release).

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How long does it take to cook a corned beef?

For a two to three-pound corned beef brisket, cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. For a three to five-pound corned beef brisket, cook for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. STOVE: Place brisket fat-side up in a large pot and cover it with water. Bring the water to a boil; then reduce the heat and simmer, allowing about 1 hour per pound.

Can you overcook corned beef on the stove?

Yes, you can overcook corned beef. Overcooking can make the meat tough and dry. Corned beef is typically cooked low and slow to allow the tough meat fibers to break down and become tender. However, if it is cooked for too long, it can become dry and lose its desirable texture.

What is the best method for cooking tender corned beef?

Slow cooking with a crock pot or using an instant pot is a fantastic way to cook corned beef, resulting in melt-in-your-mouth, tender meat throughout. You can make a delicious, hearty meal with simple ingredients and a crock pot or instant pot. Your whole family will enjoy it.

Do you simmer corned beef with lid on or off?

The Best Way to Cook Corned Beef Place your corned beef brisket in a large pot or Dutch oven with a lid along with some aromatics like carrot chunks, celery stalks and a quartered onion. These vegetables will infuse the cooking liquid with flavor as the corned beef simmers away. Cover the corned beef with water.

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