Our Top-Rated Corned Beef Recipes
No St. Patrick's Day is complete without corned beef — it's as much of an Irish tradition as wearing green! Even with such a classic, there's no one way to cook corned beef: These top-rated recipes include the one-pot simmer, the oven braise, as well as slow cooker and Instant Pot versions. Potatoes and cabbage traditionally round out the Irish feast and are cooked along with the corned beef in many of these recipes. If the hands-off cooking methods and fall-apart tender meat doesn't make corned beef an annual tradition at your house, we don't know what will!
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Over a thousand reviewers loved this paired down classic recipe. The corned beef simmers first, then potatoes, carrots, and cabbage join the pot so the cooking liquid infuses everything. "I love corned beef and cabbage and I must have used close to a hundred recipes, but I think this is the simplest and the best," says recipe reviewer Winnie C.
Braised Corned Beef Brisket
"Unlike the commonly boiled corned beef, this is a slow braise that is tender, flavorful, and has a caramelized surface when it's done," says recipe creator mauigirl. "We love it so much that I cook it year-round." We're sold. Many reviewers like Missy Kitty loved this preparation. "OMG 10 stars! The best corned beef I have ever made," she says.
Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Skip the stove top boil and the oven roast; the slow cooker does all the work here and makes the corned beef fall-apart tender. All you need is some Irish soda bread to serve alongside. "I SO wish I would have taken a picture of this gorgeous dinner, but everyone was in a big hurry to eat!" says user naples34102.
Baked Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned beef doesn't get much more traditional than this recipe. Aromatics like bay leaves, onion, and whole black peppercorns infuse the meat as it simmers and create a flavorful broth for cooking the potatoes and cabbage. "I won't wait until next St. Patty's Day to make this again. Fantastic!" says recipe reviewer NJSS200.
Stout Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Veggies
As if corned beef and cabbage wasn't Irish enough, this recipe uses Irish stout beer to gently cook the beef in the slow cooker. A brown sugar rub on the brisket will help to balance the bitter notes from the beer. The addition of sweet potatoes is a great twist on the usual white spuds."This will definitely be my go-to corned beef recipe from now on," says user MKM.
Spicy and Tender Corned Beef
A not-so-Irish technique of piercing the corned beef all over and inserting small slivers of garlic adds so much flavor to this roasted corned beef. Dark beer and whole spices in the roasting pan infuse it with flavor and keep it moist. "The beer and garlic cloves were just a perfect extra to a normal corned beef," says recipe reviewer Donna Warrick.
Instant Pot Corned Beef
Until the Instant Pot came along, homemade corned beef was always a multi-hour affair. Not anymore. Soup Loving Nicole uses the Instant Pot to get the same fall-apart tender brisket in under 2 hours. "Juicy, tender....cannot...stop....eating....it! This is how I'll be making my corned beef from now on!" says user France C.
Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef
Apple juice, brown sugar, and mustard may raise an eyebrow among the corned beef purists in the room, but many reviewers say these ingredients were brilliant additions. "This was by far the best corned beef I ever tasted," says recipe reviewer cooknbabe. "Outstanding!"
Irish Boiled Dinner (Corned Beef)
It's hard to argue with a recipe that was passed on from the creator's Irish great grandmother, so we won't! This five-ingredient dish uses a stove top simmer to get the beef incredibly tender and gently cook the vegetables. "Delicious! Reminded me of what my mom used to make when we were growing up," says user redjessie.
Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage
The "easy" in this recipe's title is thanks to the slow cooker. Everything goes in the pot, including cider vinegar, sugar, garlic cloves, and a bay leaf. "This is the first corned beef and cabbage recipe I have ever made. It was so good that I have no need to ever try another," says recipe reviewer lindseylove.
Mustard Glazed Corned Beef
If you love glazed ham at Easter, this glazed corned beef will be just the thing for St. Patrick's Day. Instead of simmering on the stove, this corned beef braises in the oven, then gets broiled with the glaze until it caramelizes. "The glaze is superb and really adds a nice finish to the meat," says user lechef.
Chef John's Corned Beef and Cabbage
This very classic recipe is the kind of traditional St. Patrick's Day feast everyone, Irish or just Irish for the day, will love. "As corned beef recipes go this is one of the best and easiest I have ever made," says Don Cooking. "Simple, savory, and a perfect St. Patrick's Day dinner," says BriBoy Chicago.
Lucky's Lucky Corned Beef and Cabbage
Feel the luck of the Irish with this version of corned beef. A splash of Irish whiskey adds a unique, yet totally authentic twist. "The recipe was perfect the way it is. I made it without changing anything and it came out perfectly," says user pretty_in_pink_pa.
Slow Cooked Corned Beef for Sandwiches
"Save yourself reading through 100+ reviews and stop your search for a corned beef recipe. This is flawless," says recipe reviewer naples34102. This fall-apart tender corned beef will be the hit of your St. Paddy's Day celebration, but will be even better, as the recipe creator suggests, on sandwiches the next day.