Corned Beef and Cabbage

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Slow cooked with carrots and potatoes, this truly is the best Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe! Just add the ingredients to your crock pot and come back to dinner ready to enjoy. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any time you need an easy, cozy dinner.

The Best Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

I know most people consider Corned Beef and Cabbage to be just for St. Patrick’s Day but the truth is, I love it year-round. There’s just something about tender, flavorful corned beef and cabbage that’s cozy and comforting, no matter when you enjoy it.

What I love most about this recipe is how easy it is. Making corned beef in the slow cooker reduces the hands-on time to just minutes, as all you need to do is add the ingredients to the slow cooker and let it do its thing. How great is that?

If you have leftovers, be sure to try my Reuben Sliders or Reuben Soup!

Overhead view corned beef and cabbage on a plate

Why You’ll Love This Slow Cooker Recipe

Here are a few reasons why this is the best corned beef and cabbage recipe, in my opinion.

  • Set it and forget it. This slow cooker recipe is so easy. Just add the ingredients, come back 5 hours later, add more ingredients, cook a few more hours, and dinner is done. You truly don’t have to do anything else!
  • Only a handful of ingredients. All you’ll need is corned beef, a few veggies (including cabbage, of course), seasoning and beef broth. No extensive shopping list here!
  • A complete meal in one. The only thing better than an easy dinner is an easy dinner that requires 0 side dishes! With the meat, veggies, and potatoes all cooked together, you don’t have to worry about making anything else to accompany your dinner.
Overhead view of corned beef ingredients

What You’ll Need

This easy corned beef and cabbage recipe is made with just a handful of ingredients. See the recipe card below for measurements.

  • Corned beef brisket – See notes below.
  • Beef stock – Water can be substituted for the beef stock.
  • Bay leaves – For added flavor.
  • Corned beef seasoning packet – This typically comes with the corned beef when you buy it.
  • Vegetables – I add baby carrots, potatoes, and cabbage to my corned beef. I used yellow potatoes but red or russet potatoes can also be used.

What Type Of Meat Is Corned Beef?

Corned beef is beef brisket that has been cured and brined. You’ll typically find it already seasoned or with a seasoning packet when you buy it. And like regular beef brisket, corned beef is a meat you want to cook low and slow, as it’s a relatively tough cut of meat.

How to Make Corned Beef and Cabbage

Here’s how to make crock pot corned beef and cabbage in just a few easy steps.

  • Cook on low. Add the corned beef brisket to the slow cooker, then top with the beef stock, bay leaves, and seasoning packet. Cook on low for 5 hours.
  • Add the vegetables. Add the baby carrots and potatoes around the brisket. Cook for another 3 hours, then add the cabbage. Cook a final 30 to 45 minutes, until the cabbage is tender.
  • Slice and enjoy. Remove the corned beef and veggies from the slow cooker. Slice the corned beef against the grain and serve.
Close up of slices of corned beef

Tips for Success

Here are a few key things to keep in mind when making your corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker.

  • Cook on LOW. This is not a recipe where you can increase the temperature to decrease the cook time. Corned beef should always be cooked on low, as it’s a tough piece of meat that needs the cooking time to become melt-in-your-mouth tender.
  • Let rest before slicing. As with most cuts of meat, it’s a good idea to let your corned beef rest for 5 to 15 minutes before slicing.
  • Slice against the grain. For tender slices of corned beef, be sure to cut against the grain.
Overhead view of a plate of crock pot corned beef and cabbage

Common Questions

What spices go on corned beef?

The corned beef seasoning packet is made up of spices like allspice, peppercorns, coriander, and mustard seeds. You won’t need to add individual seasonings, as the seasoning packet includes it all.

When do you add the cabbage to corned beef and cabbage?

I add mine for the last 30-45 minutes, so that the cabbage is still a bit firm and crunchy. If you like your cabbage super soft, you can add it with the carrots and potatoes.

Why do you need to rinse corned beef?

Rinsing the corned beef before cooking washes the salty brine off from it. If you don’t rinse it, the dish will likely be way too salty. Be sure to pat it dry with paper towels after rinsing!

A fork dipping a piece of corned beef into sauce

What to Serve with Corned Beef and Cabbage

The wonderful thing about this slow cooker recipe is that you end up with a complete meal – meat, potatoes, and vegetable. There’s truly no need to serve this up with any additional sides, as you have everything right there.

Mustard and horseradish sauce are both traditional condiments served with corned beef for dipping.

Slices of corned beef on a plate with potatoes

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Fridge. To store leftovers, allow the corned beef and vegetables to come to room temperature. Separate the corned beef and vegetables into separate airtight containers. Store the containers in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezer. You can also freeze corned beef and cabbage in freezer safe containers for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, allow the frozen corned beef and cabbage to defrost in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Reheat. You can reheat corned beef and cabbage in the microwave, covered with a damp paper towel, on high for 1-2 minutes, or in the oven at 350F, covered with foil, for about 15-20 minutes. Make sure the corned beef and cabbage reach an internal temperature of 165F when reheating.

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Slices of corned beef on a plate
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Corned Beef and Cabbage

Slow cooked with carrots and potatoes, this truly is the best Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe! Just add the ingredients to your crock pot and come back to dinner ready to enjoy. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any time you need an easy, cozy dinner.
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 8 hours 30 minutes
Total: 8 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 Pound Corned Beef Brisket Rinsed and Patted Dry with Paper Towels
  • 3 Cups Beef Stock
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • Corned Beef Seasoning Packet
  • 12 Ounces Baby Carrots
  • 1 1/2 Pounds Yellow Potatoes Quartered
  • 1/2 Head Large Cabbage Quartered

Instructions

  • Place the corned beef brisket into the slow cooker.
  • Add the beef stock, bay leaves, and seasoning packet.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 5 hours.
  • After 5 hours, add the baby carrots and yellow potatoes around the brisket. Cook on low for another 3 hours or until the vegetables are cooked to your desired doneness.
  • After 3 hours, add the cabbage to the top, cover and cook for another 30-45 minutes on LOW or until the cabbage is tender.
  • Remove the corned beef and the vegetables from the slow cooker and place them on a serving platter. Slice the corned beef against the grain and serve. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 886kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 184mg | Sodium: 4594mg | Potassium: 2454mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 11847IU | Vitamin C: 169mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 9mg

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