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Classic Corned Beef and Cabbage

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this classic Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe that the whole family will love! This one-pot meal feeds a crowd with tender, brined and spiced meat and hearty vegetables!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time10 mins
Total Time3 hrs 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 8 -10 Servings
Calories: 501kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 3-4 pounds corned beef with spice packet
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 5-6 cups beef broth
  • 1 ½ pounds carrots
  • 2 pounds small red potatoes
  • 1 large head green cabbage cut into 8 wedges


  • Remove the corned beef from the packaging and rinse well.
  • Place the meat in the bottom of a large dutch oven, then sprinkle with the contents of the spice packet and add 2 bay leaves and ½ teaspoon black peppercorns.
  • Add enough beef broth or water to cover the meat completely.
  • Place on the stove and bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the meat cook in the simmering liquid for about 2 ½ hours.
  • Add the carrots and potatoes, making sure to move the meat if necessary so the vegetables can cook in the liquid. If needed, add an additional 2 cups of hot water to the cooking liquid. Continue to cook for 30 minutes until the potatoes and carrots are tender.
  • Add the cabbage wedges, pushing them down into the cooking liquid, and cook for 15 minutes longer.
  • Remove the meat, potatoes, and vegetables from the pot. Slice the meat into thin slices against the grain, then serve on a large platter surrounded by the boiled potatoes, carrots and cabbage.


  • You can use just water instead of the beef broth, or water with 5-6 teaspoons of Better Than Bouillon Beef Base.
  • I like to splash a little vinegar on my cabbage before eating it, and I serve the meat with a simple whole grain mustard for extra flavor.


Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 2735mg | Potassium: 1643mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 14372IU | Vitamin C: 118mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 5mg