From-Scratch Corned Beef and Cabbage


This is a great way to learn how to corn your own beef.

Corned Beef and Cabbage
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
6 days 23 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
7 days 3 hrs 30 mins
14 to 16 servings


  • 1 pound kosher salt

  • 2 gallons water, divided

  • 8 pounds beef brisket

  • 6 bay leaves

  • 8 black peppercorns

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 medium head cabbage, quartered

  • 1 pound carrots, sliced

  • 1 turnip, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • 8 potatoes - peeled and cubed


  1. In a large stainless steel or cast iron pot, combine the salt, water and brisket. Cover and let sit for 7 days in the refrigerator. (Note: brisket must be completely submerged, so double the salt and water if necessary.)

  2. After 7 days, drain the brine and add 1 gallon fresh water, bay leaves and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low/medium low, and simmer for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

  3. During the last 45 minutes of cooking, add the onion, cabbage, carrots, turnip, cilantro, and potatoes. Continue simmering until all vegetables are tender.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

877 Calories
65g Fat
28g Carbs
45g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 877
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 65g 83%
Saturated Fat 26g 130%
Cholesterol 177mg 59%
Sodium 12321mg 536%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 45g
Vitamin C 49mg 244%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 1322mg 28%

* 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.