how to boil corned beef cabbage and potatoes

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!)

This recipe is a St. Patricks Day favorite, but you can enjoy any time of the year youd like. Corned Beef Brisket is slow-cooked with cabbage, potatoes and carrots for a hearty family meal.

* Based on a 2,000 calorie diet ** Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet

Avoid lifting the lid of your cooking vessel, which releases valuable heat and moisture and can significantly increase the cooking time.

Nutrition information per serving, 1/8 of recipe: 371 Calories; 221.4 Calories from fat; 24.6g Total Fat (9 g Saturated Fat; 0.1 g Trans Fat; 0.9 g Polyunsaturated Fat; 11.3 g Monounsaturated Fat;) 119 mg Cholesterol; 1298 mg Sodium; 15 g Total Carbohydrate; 4.2 g Dietary Fiber; 5.2 g Total Sugars; 23 g Protein; 0 g Added Sugars; 86 mg Calcium; 3 mg Iron; 451 mg Potassium; 4.5 mcg Vitamin D; 0.3 mg Riboflavin; 4 mg NE Niacin; 0.4 mg Vitamin B6; 1.9 mcg Vitamin B12; 182 mg Phosphorus; 5.5 mg Zinc; 37.6 mcg Selenium; 93.8 mg Choline.

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 to boil corned beef cabbage and potatoes

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 to boil corned beef cabbage and potatoes

Rating 4.7 (1,378) · 2 hr 30 minWhen the meat is tender, add potatoes and carrots to the Dutch oven and cook until they’re tender. Add the cabbage and cook for about 15 more minutes.


Should you cover corned beef when boiling?

Pour in enough water to cover the beef, then bring the water to a boil on the stovetop. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cover the pot. A 3-pound corned beef could take three hours or more to become perfectly tender.

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.

When boiling a corned beef do you put the fat side up or down?

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. Vegetables may be added during the last 20 to 30 minutes of cooking. Cook vegetables to desired tenderness.

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