Braised Corned Beef Brisket


You have never had corned beef like this and if you try it, I truly believe you will never go back to the traditionally 'boiled' beef. This recipe was given to my mother-in-law and it has become a treasured family recipe. The brisket is seared in a hot skillet to give it a caramelized surface when it's done, topped with sliced onions, garlic, and a drizzle of broth, then braised for about 6 hours for a tender, juicy roast. It's so worth the wait! I serve it with colcannon, steamed cabbage wedges, braised carrots, and parsnips. It is our favorite St. Patrick's/Jewish dinner, but we love it so much that I cook it year round.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins

Whether it's St. Patrick's Day or just a regular weeknight, you can't go wrong with a corned beef brisket. You're going to want to bookmark this easy, top-rated recipe — once you try it, you'll come back to it again and again.

What Is Corned Beef Brisket?

Corned beef is a beef brisket (a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest) that has been cured in a salt solution. "Corning" results in intensely flavorful, super tender meat. In this recipe, the corned beef brisket is seared in a hot skillet and then braised all day with garlic and onions for a melt-in-your-mouth texture and perfect flavor.

How to Cook Corned Beef Brisket

Braised Corned Beef Brisket

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's what you can expect when you make this top-rated corned beef brisket:

Brush the whole brisket with browning sauce, then brown it on both sides in a hot skillet with vegetable oil. Place it on a rack set in a roasting pan. Scatter the onions and garlic slices over the brisket. Add water to the pan, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and roast in a preheated oven until the meat is tender.

What to Serve With Corned Beef Brisket

Recipe creator mauigirl serves this corned beef brisket with colcannon, steamed cabbage wedges, braised carrots, and parsnips for a complete Irish-inspired feast.

Looking for more delicious inspiration? Check out our entire collection of Irish Recipes, where you'll find crowd-pleasing pairing ideas like Potato Scones and Irish Soda Bread.

How to Store Corned Beef Brisket

Allow the corned beef brisket to cool completely before storage. Place the leftovers in a shallow airtight container or wrap them tightly in foil. Store them in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat in the oven covered in foil.

Can You Freeze Corned Beef Brisket?

Yes, you can freeze cooked corned beef brisket. Wrap your cooled leftovers in freezer wrap, followed by a layer of foil for added protection. Freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"We used a roaster with a tightly fitting lid, and the meat was tender, juicy, and had a beautifully caramelized layer of onions on top," raves Madeline Halloway.

"This is the only way to make corned beef," according to whitney. "After years of dried out flavorless slow cooker corned beef I wanted to try something different. This recipe is easy and perfect. Don't change a thing! The meat comes out so incredibly tender, juicy, and flavorful."

"I have now made this dish several times, and each time it is as successful as the first," says Jekyll. "I have even used beer instead of water in the pan. It's still delicious, and moist, and delicious, and tender, and delicious.

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 (5 pound) flat-cut corned beef brisket

  • 1 tablespoon browning sauce (such as Kitchen Bouquet®), or as desired

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).

  2. Discard any flavoring packet from corned beef. Brush brisket with browning sauce on both sides. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown brisket on both sides in the hot oil, 5 to 8 minutes per side.

  3. Place brisket on a rack set in a roasting pan. Scatter onion and garlic slices over brisket and add water to roasting pan. Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil.

  4. Roast in the preheated oven until meat is tender, about 6 hours.

    high angle looking at braised corned beef brisket with a few slices cut and topped with onions
    dotdash meredith food studios

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

455 Calories
34g Fat
5g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 455
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 1877mg 82%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 307mg 7%

* 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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