This corned beef and cabbage is a hearty and delicious comfort meal with tons of flavor! The brisket simmers in the crockpot all day, giving it a wonderfully seasoned and tender taste. Perfect dish for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!
This crockpot corned beef is comfort food at it’s finest. It cooks low and slow to create a hearty, tender and amazingly delicious meal. If you’re looking for other comfort dishes, check out my easy pot roast, chicken pot pie, beef bourguignon and ham and potato soup.
Corned beef and cabbage is a hearty meal that’s traditionally served on St. Patrick’s Day, but can really be served all year long. If you’ve never made it before, this recipe is a great place to start! It cooks in the crockpot and is so simple to throw together.
Once cooked, the beef is extremely tender, flavorful and delicious! It simmers on low all day, giving the meat a wonderfully seasoned and yummy taste. If you haven’t tried corned beef, it has a unique and distinct pickled flavor that some love and some don’t (my family is about half and half). It’s definitely worth giving a shot though!
I love to add in fresh vegetables like carrots, potatoes and cabbage. The broth from the brisket gives them such a nice flavor. You can also serve with mustard or horseradish if desired. Making this recipe is a fun tradition and is definitely worth trying out. Enjoy!
What is corned beef?
Corned beef is beef brisket that has been cured in a rock salt brine. The large grains of salt are referred to as “corns” of salt, hence the name. They help to give the meat it’s pickled (salty and sour) flavor. The beef cooks slowly all day, creating a tender and seasoned taste. It’s often served with vegetables like carrots, potatoes and cabbage.
What is in the spice packet that comes with it? Corned beef will often come with a spice packet consisting of seasonings that help give it that briny taste. Some of these common spices might include peppercorn, mustard seed, bay leaves, allspice, ginger, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Please note that the meat is extra flavorful and salty, so no need to add extra salt!
Do you rinse the meat before cooking? Yes, rinse in water prior to placing in crockpot.
Does it need to rest after cooking? Once cooked through, I let mine rest for about 5 to 10 minutes. This helps it hold it’s shape when slicing.
Is it supposed to be chewy? If cooked correctly, corned beef should be very soft and tender. Brisket is a tougher cut of meat, so it’s important to cook it low and slow. That’s why I like to cook it in the crockpot on low heat for at least 8 hours. If you cook it too fast and on a higher heat, you’ll end up with meat that’s tough and chewy,
How to cook corned beef
- Rinse beef with water, then add to bottom of crockpot. Place seasoning packet on top of beef.
- Next add the onion on top and tuck into the sides. Pour broth around the sides. Then fill broth can with water and add until it just about covers the beef.
- Cook in crockpot on low for 8 to 10 hours.
- About 3 hours prior to serving, add potatoes and carrots. Then add cabbage 30 minutes before serving.
- Remove from crockpot (make sure it’s fork tender) and let rest for a few minutes. Slice against the grain and serve with vegetables.
TIP: Have leftovers? Make corned beef sandwiches! It tastes delicious on a Reuben sandwich served on rye or Irish soda bread. Yum!
What to serve with
We love to add in potatoes, carrots and fresh cabbage to make this recipe a complete meal. However there are plenty of other sides that would taste delicious. Below are a few options!
- Oven roasted vegetables
- Mashed potatoes
- Baked potato
- Glazed or parmesan carrots
- French bread or rolls
- Scalloped potatoes
Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
- 3 pounds corned beef brisket , with spice packet
- 1 onion , quartered
- 15 ounce can beef broth , low-sodium
- 1 pound red potatoes , quartered
- 2 cups carrots , sliced
- 1/2 head cabbage , cut in wedges
Freshly cracked pepper, to taste
- Rinse the corned beef in water and then place into the crockpot. Then place the seasoning packet on top of the beef. Next add the onion on top and tuck into the sides. Pour the beef broth around the sides. Then fill the can with water and add until it just about covers the brisket. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- Three hours before serving add the potatoes and carrots. Then 30 minutes before serving add the cabbage.
- Remove corned beef from slow cooker when fork tender and allow to rest for a few minutes. Then slice against the grain and serve with vegetables.