Corned Beef and Cabbage

You don't have to be Irish to enjoy a flavorful meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage. Here's my recipe for this traditional meal in a pot, just in time for St. Patrick's Day.
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At our house, we always look forward to St. Patrick’s Day. We’re not Irish, but we certainly enjoy the traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage. Too bad St. Patrick’s Day only comes once a year.

I was grocery shopping a few days ago, though, when I saw packages of corned beef with a sale price; the after St. Patrick’s Day markdown sale, I guess. The price was certainly right, so I bought a package. As I type this, I can smell it cooking and, boy oh boy, does it smell good!

If you haven’t tried this flavorful dish, check the stores now and see if your grocer’s meat case still has packages of corned beef. Maybe you’ll find a markdown sale, too.

Here's the simple recipe:

St. Patrick’s Corned Beef and Cabbage

one package corned beef with seasoning packet
cabbage, cut in wedges
carrots (I like to use baby carrots)

Remove the meat from the package; rinse. Place it in a dutch oven and cover with water. Add the contents of the seasoning packet. Bring to a boil; reduce to simmer. Cook, covered, for about 2 ½ hours or until tender. Add washed and quartered potatoes and the carrots to the pot. Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until almost done. Add the cabbage wedges to the pan; cover. Simmer another 5 to 10 minutes until cabbage is crisp-tender. Remove corned beef to a platter and slice across the grain. Serve with the vegetables.

Originally published April 19, 2007. Updated and re-published February 10, 2016.


  1. Wow that sure does look delicious, you know I've never made Corned Beef and Cabbage before. You make sound so simple, now I'll have to try it.

    1. Sam, I remember thinking the same thing the first time I made corned beef and cabbage. Truly, it's as easy as it sounds. Amazingly tasty, too! Enjoy yours!

  2. This sounds delicious and like a rather easy dinner to make. I have never eaten corned beef before, but I know I love all of the vegetables you add to this meal. It would be nice to discover a "new" meat for our household.

    1. You really should try it, Cynthia. I didn't grow up eating this, but my husband did. Once I got past the name "corned beef," I absolutely loved it and look forward to preparing it every year then buying an extra, while it's available, to make again later. Let me know if you try it!

  3. Hubby and daughter like corned beef. Me... not so much. But this recipe does look rather good!

    1. Thanks! Load in the potatoes and carrots, Elf. They're mighty good!

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    1. Me, too, Barbara. Ours is waiting to be cooked on the 17th, so we'll be "official" on St. Patrick's Day!

  5. I'm part Irish, but I've never liked the corned beef -- just the cabbage. Now I'm now supposed to eat either one, so I'll probably not make this one. I will, however, share the recipe with others.


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