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Slices of corned beef and cabbage on a plate

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Enjoy Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick's Day, or any day!  Serve with Irish mashed potatoes (either Colcannon or Champ) for a deliciously satisfying meal!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Servings 4 servings
Calories 352 kcal


  • 1.5 lb corned beef there should be a spice packet included
  • 1 ts beef bouillon powder can sub 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼-1/2 green cabbage cored and cut into large chunks


  • Rinse and then pat dry the meat. Sprinkle the contents of the spice packet that came with your corned beef onto the fat side of your corned beef.
    Raw Corned beef with spices, a bay leaf, and some beef bouillon on a plate
  • Add the seasoned corned beef (fat side up) into a large stock pot and cover with water.  Add beef bouillon (or a beef stock cube) and bay leaf, and bring to the boil.  Lower the heat to a simmer, and cook for approximately 1 hr 30 min.  (Adjust the cook time for 1 hr/pound for the size of your corned beef). If the meat is not fork tender, cook it a little longer until it is fork tender.
    Raw corned beef, spices, bay leaf, and beef bouillon in a stock pot filled with water
  • Core your cabbage, and cut ¼-1/2 of your cabbage into large chunks. 
    cut up pieces of cabbage a half a cabbage in the background
  • Add the cabbage to the stock pot for the last 15-20 minutes or so, and cook until the cabbage is tender.  
    Cabbage and corned beef cooking in a stockpot
  • Remove the corned beef, and slice.  Drain the cabbage and serve with the corned beef.
    Slices of corned beef and cabbage on a plate


This recipe is for a 1.5 pound corned beef brisket.  The approximate time to cook this size brisket is around 1.5 hrs.
Please adjust the time for the size of brisket you have.  Allow approximately 1 hr/pound of cooking time for your corned beef. 
I've read that some people add both water AND Guinness to the pot when cooking this dish.  Nice if you are so inclined! 
This is a VERY tasty but also a high sodium food so no additional salt is needed!


Calories: 352kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 26gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 2145mgPotassium: 603mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 57IUVitamin C: 67mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 3mg
Keyword corned beef, corned beef and cabbage, st patrick's day meal
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