Chef John's Corned Beef and Cabbage


It's almost St. Patrick's Day, and for many that means boiling up a nice authentic Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage. The original Irish recipe actually used a type of lean bacon, made with a cut of pork similar to Canadian bacon. Corned beef came into the picture as a lower-cost substitution, to replace the more expensive and harder to find cut.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (4 pound) corned beef brisket with spice packet

  • 3 quarts water

  • 1 onion, quartered

  • 3 carrots, cut into large chunks

  • 3 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 pounds red potatoes, halved

  • 1 small head cabbage, cut into eighths


  1. Combine corned beef and spice packet contents, water, onion, carrots, celery, and salt together in a large pot or Dutch oven; bring to a simmer, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface.

  2. Cover the pot, reduce heat to low, and simmer until meat is almost fork-tender, about 3 hours. Add potatoes and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are almost tender, about 30 minutes more.

  3. Place cabbage pieces on top of and around meat, cover the pot, and simmer until cabbage is tender, 20 to 30 minutes more.

  4. Remove meat to a cutting board and let rest 10 to 15 minutes. Cut across the grain and serve in a bowl; ladle vegetables and broth over the top.

    close up view of Corned Beef and Cabbage with potatoes and carrots on a white plate
    Wendy Evelyn Purcell DeRose

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

380 Calories
20g Fat
29g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 380
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 1504mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 46mg 232%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 973mg 21%

* 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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