Corned Beef and Cabbage


What's more Irish than a traditional recipe for corned beef and cabbage? Serve with mustard or horseradish if desired.

Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins

If you're looking for the best corned beef and cabbage recipe on the internet, you've come to the right place. You won't believe how simple it is to make this top-rated recipe. It's perfect for St. Patrick's Day, but you'll want to make it all year long.

corned beef sliced and on a platter with cabbage, potatoes, and carrots
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What Is Corned Beef?

Corned beef is salt-cured beef. Before electricity paved the way for refrigeration, meat was preserved in salt. Brisket (the tender meat from the lower breast) is traditionally used to make corned beef in the United States.

Learn more: What Is Corned Beef and Where Does It Come From?

Corned Beef and Cabbage Origins

So how did corned beef and cabbage become such a dynamic duo? It's actually an American invention. Historically, cabbage was paired with pork bacon in Ireland. Irish immigrants in 19th-century New York City, who often lived in the same neighborhood as Jewish butchers, noticed flavor similarities between the corned beef of NYC delicatessens and the pork bacon of their homeland. Thus, corned beef and cabbage was born. These days, it's commonly associated with St. Patrick's Day.

Corned Beef vs. Pastrami

Corned beef and pastrami are both deli staples, but they're not the same thing. Corned beef is salt-cured beef that is cooked by boiling, while pastrami is seasoned and smoked beef.

How to Make Corned Beef and Cabbage

Boil Corned Beef

Place corned beef and seasoning packet in a Dutch oven, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the meat is tender.

Cut Vegetables

In the meantime, cut the red potatoes in half and cut the cabbage into wedges. Peel and cut the carrots.

Add Vegetables

When 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.

Slice and Serve

Remove the meat from the Dutch oven and let it rest for about 15 minutes. Slice across the grain and serve with vegetables and broth.

Learn more: Secrets to the Perfect St. Paddy's Day Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage I
Corned Beef and Cabbage I | Photo by Jenbc27.

How to Store Corned Beef and Cabbage

Store leftover corned beef and cabbage in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat in the oven until the meat reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Can You Freeze Corned Beef and Cabbage?

Yes, you can freeze cooked corned beef and cabbage. Allow the dish to cool completely, then transfer in serving-size portions to zip-top freezer bags labeled with the date. Wrap each bag in a layer of aluminum foil for added protection.

Squeeze out all the excess air and freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge overnight. Reheat in the oven until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This recipe is absolutely amazing," raves Ter. "This will be my second time making this dish and I pretty much followed it exactly the way it states. The only thing I do different is, I add two whole onions when I put the corned beef in and leave them in the whole time for a little added flavor. This dish is definitely worth trying, you won't be disappointed!

"Simple is better," says Kieu Trang H. "I made the dish according to the recipe, and it came out delicious. It was easy to make, and did not require a lot of prep work. This is going in my recipe collection for sure!"

"Followed the directions exactly, except for adding one can of beer with the water," according to tarajvern. "Everything turned out fantastic! The meat was melt-in-your-mouth perfect!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 (3 pound) corned beef brisket with spice packet

  • 10 small red potatoes

  • 5 medium carrots

  • 1 large head cabbage


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    an top down view on all ingredients for corn beef and cabbage

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  2. Place corned beef in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Add spice packet, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until corned beef is just about fork-tender, about 2 hours.

    corned beef with seasoning in a dutch oven, covered with water

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  3. While the corned beef is simmering, cut potatoes in half. Peel carrots and cut into 3-inch pieces. Cut cabbage into small wedges.

  4. When corned beef has cooked for 2 hours, add potatoes and carrots; cook until vegetables are almost tender and meat is fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Add cabbage and cook until tender, about 15 more minutes.

    potatoes and carrots added to a corned beef simmering in a Dutch oven.

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    corned beef, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes cooking in a dutch oven.

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  5. Remove meat and let rest for 15 minutes. Leave broth and vegetables in the Dutch oven.Slice meat across the grain. Serve with vegetables and broth.

    platter of corned beef served with cabbage, carrots, and potatoes

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Editor's Note:

Total cook time for corned beef to be fork-tender should be between 45 and 50 minutes per pound. Please adjust if your corned beef is larger or smaller than 3 pounds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

839 Calories
41g Fat
69g Carbs
50g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 839
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 3378mg 147%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Protein 50g
Potassium 2780mg 59%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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