Easy Irish Corned Beef And Cabbage

July 8, 2021

Once you try this easy corned beef and cabbage recipe, you will never have to look for another one again. This scrumptious recipe is just that good.

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And you know what’s even better? This corned beef recipe is an absolute taste bomb, can serve up to 8 people, and stays good in the freezer for up to a month. Just how cool is that?

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Taste Score: %76
Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 45 mins
Total 75 mins

Tips

  • Whatever method you choose, corned beef turns out best when cooked over low heat. Cooking the beef over gentle heat makes it just the right amount of tender and soft.
  • You can pre-cook your beef for 1-2 hours in warm water, changing the water after one hour to keep it fresh. You’ll also need to rinse or soak the beef before cooking to remove excess salt if doing this.
  • To get a tender boiled beef, make sure the pot is filled with enough water throughout the cooking process.
  • Give enough time for the beef to cook, and don't rush it. A perfect brisket takes time to get ready. But overcooking can make it dry, so keep checking continuously.
  • The best temperature to cook corned beef is 160 °F.
  • If you are cooking the corned beef in a liquid, do it with the fat side up. But if you are cooking it directly on the heat source like in a frying pan, do it with the fat side down.
  • You can also make steamed corn beef and cabbage by steaming the beef for 2 to 2.5 hours. Again, be sure to keep checking water levels.
  • This easy corned beef and cabbage recipe uses canned corned beef, but you can use packaged corned beef as well.
  • Feel free to add potatoes and other vegetables to mold the recipe according to your preferences.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. To start making your canned corn beef and cabbage, take a heavy-bottomed pot and heat some oil in it on medium heat.
  2. Chop one large onion and sauté it in the pot for about five minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and herbs according to taste.
  3. Then add the cloves of garlic and sauté for one more minute before adding chopped cabbage and carrots to the mix.
  4. Cook the vegetables for 5 more minutes on medium to low heat while stirring occasionally.
  5. Add vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and mix well. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook uncovered until most of the water evaporates out.
  6. While the cabbage cooks, open your canned corned beef and cut it into smaller pieces. Heat a skillet or small pan on medium to high heat and cook the beef in it until it becomes brown on both sides.
  7. Add the cooked beef to the cabbage once all the vegetables are cooked as desired, and mix lightly. Serve while hot.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Corned Beef And Cabbage
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories336
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 110 mg36.7%
Sodium 828.9 mg36%
Protein 18.7 g37.4%
Total Fat 17.2 g22.1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What is Corned Beef?

While the origin of the name corned beef or salt beef, is not known, it is believed to have been coined when people started preserving beef with salt. The salt was in the shape of big, coarse grains called 'corns’ of salt and hence the name corned beef.

The first evidence of corned beef dates back to the 12th century, and by the 17th century, Ireland was a major exporter. After the Irish started settling in America, corned beef and cabbage soon became a popular Irish-American dish. Today, the dish is commonly linked to Irish-American celebrations and St.Patrick's day.

How To Make Corned Beef And Cabbage?

  • Crock Pot (Slow-cooked):

First is the corned beef slow cooker method of making this dish. Put onions, carrots, and seasoning in a crock pot (you can add potatoes and thyme as well). Place corned beef. Fill it with water so that everything is covered and cook on low heat for 9-10 hours or on high heat for 4-5 hours. Add cabbage and cook for 1 more hour. Remove, slice and serve.

  • Baked:

To make corned beef and cabbage in the oven, preheat the oven to 350 °F and prep the beef. Lay the corned beef, fat side up, on an aluminum foil and season with salt and pepper as per your taste. After this, wrap the beef, place it in a roasting pan, and bake for 2 hours at 350 °F. Slice the corned beef and serve as desired.

  • Boiled:

Place the corned beef in a large pot of water and bring the water to boil. Then, simmer for 2-3 hours until the beef is tender. Remove the corned beef from the pot, slice it up, and serve hot.

What To Serve With Corned Beef And Cabbage?

You can serve a number of side dishes with corned beef and cabbage like Asian Cabbage salad, potato gratin, Apple sauce, roasted potatoes, glazed carrots, and crisp green salad. Corned beef and cabbage also goes well with desserts like apple and blackberry crumble, Irish apple cake, and rainbow Rice Krispie treats.

Here are some delicious recipes you can prepare with Corned Beef and Cabbage:

How To Store Corned Beef And Cabbage?

Cooked corned beef can be refrigerated for up to five days, but any leftovers should be stored in an airtight container. The cabbage is liable to break down a little but will likely taste fine. Corned beef and cabbage can also be easily frozen for up to a month in an airtight container or freezer bag.

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