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Corned Beef 'n' Cabbage Recipe

Corned Beef 'n' Cabbage Recipe

Have a St. Paddy's Day celebration for two with this traditional combo. You'll savor the flavor whether you're Irish or not. —Connie Lou Blommers, Pella, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours YIELD:2 servings


  • 1 corned beef brisket with spice packet (1 pound)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 small head cabbage
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 3-inch pieces


  • 1. Place brisket and contents of spice packet in a large saucepan. Add onion, water and apple juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 2. Transfer brisket to an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray; reserve cooking liquid. Combine the brown sugar, orange peel, mustard and cloves; rub over meat. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15 minutes.
  • 3. Meanwhile, cut cabbage into four wedges, leaving a portion of the core attached to each wedge. Add cabbage and carrots to cooking liquid. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Thinly slice corned beef; serve with vegetables. Yield: 2 servings.

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AMANDALEEANN User ID: 6377446 260948
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2017

"This was the best corned beef I have ever made, or had for that matter! It was very simple, and putting it in the oven at the end with the wet rub is genius. I will make this again!

Oh, I added a few halved potatoes to the broth while I was putting the rub on the corn beef for the oven (before adding the carrots and cabbage)."

AyaZ User ID: 6600127 209775
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"excellent for St. Patrick's Day dinner! beef was perfectly tender, slightly sweet, and very flavorful. My picky 7 year old daughter even asked for seconds!"

slooke User ID: 7597816 176800
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"slooke: To weezer410: this is for recipes not political correctness. If this site brings that much resentment out for God's sake do not read a newspaper!!!"

weezer410 User ID: 7706553 176799
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"This is not Irish cuisine. beef was not affordable to the Irish in Ireland. The British brought in cattle when they took over Ireland. My ancestors raised beef for the wealthy. Our food was the potatoes , bacon, mutton, fish and vegetables. Corned beef and cabbage is an "American" culture, invented by Americans. Please understand the difference. We do not celebrate the way Americans do. It is a religious holiday for us but Americans have turned it into a "Beer Drinking day". America?s version of Irish cuisine is more of an adaption than a replica of traditional Irish food."

akaz512 User ID: 2919753 158465
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"the easiest reciep"

vieux User ID: 4712790 86833
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"@ SKATER1 This is like complaining about the saltiness of prosciutto or pancetta. Corned beef by it's very nature is salty. (It after all salt cured meat.) Given this I am surpised that you tried the recipe. I believe that no modification will satisfy you. Find another dish is the only advice I can offer"

Travlnman02 User ID: 5805527 112454
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"This is fantastic! I added two large red potatoes cut into 2 inch chunks and cooked them with the carrots and cabbage. We had left overs but they did not last long. I had some of the corned beef and potatoes for breakfast next morning. I cut them into small diced pieces, melted a Tbsp of butter in a skillet and warmed them up and ate them with my eggs. Best Corned beef dinner I ever made."

ggallagher User ID: 2479490 173951
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"What happened to the potatoes? It's not a true Irish corned beef n cabbage dinner without potatoes."

emhogan95 User ID: 3533336 173922
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"Married to a farmer who loves corn beef, for the ratio of being too much does nobody freeze? Comment on the flavor not the portions, or judge for yourself. It is awesome!"

thunnie User ID: 3999543 209774
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"This recipe is great. Although I cok just for myself,I use a bit bigger size corned beef,but for the rest,this recipe is great and I too thank you for posting it."

rosie heimann User ID: 4169298 158464
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"I have not tried this yet. But I do make a corned beef & cabbage that is very similar to this recipe. I think I'll try this one this year . Plan to make for husband's card party."

Bleugerman User ID: 4133955 100513
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"First of all I agree with jplz310. Lighten up! I for one live alone and this is the perfect size for me. No, I don't eat 1/2 pound at a time, but have you never heard of leftovers, even for one person?

Personally, I like to see small recipes from time to time. But if they are not here then I simple modify the amounts as you can to to also make them larger. Get a grip."

jplz310 User ID: 4748354 104450
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2010

"Wow. You reviewers are heartless. I assume this recipe was probably submitted in the "Cooking For Two" catagory, so lighten up. And as for the one who just had to give her own "better" recipe, please get over yourself! I will definitely try this recipe and i think it sounds delicious. The brown sugar and orange are a unique twist and sounds good to me. And i do appreciate a recipe that serves 2, as my husband hates leftovers. so I thank you."

ctrusgnich User ID: 2584523 100512
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"I used a bottle of beer instead of apple juice, but made the topping as the recipe called for---very tasty"

SKATER1 User ID: 2319379 161007
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010



naturefans User ID: 4269870 86832
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2010

"Corned beef shrinks A LOT when cooked, so 1 pound will be a lot less after cooking!"

cbando User ID: 4359724 140959
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2010

"This was my first attempt at making Corned beef at home. We usually go out for this and a few hours later my sensitive stomach lets me know that it did not like it. I tried this recipe at home this year and found that I had no side effects. We love the flavor that the orange peeling gives it. I added little red potatoes to the carrots and cabbage while boiling. I will definately try this one again.:)"

danerno1 User ID: 1762374 176797
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"Briskets are 2 or 3 lbs. So, put meat in a 6 to 8 quart pot with spice packet. (May use 2 Tbsps pickling spice instead) Cover with water at least 2 inches above meat. Add 1 cup apple juice and sliced onion. Simmer for at least 2 hours till very tender. Remove brisket to plate. Place a large strainer over a second pot. Pour remaining cooking liquid through strainer. To this liquid with onion and spices strained out of, add 8 prepared carrots, 1 large head of cabbage cut into 2 inch wedges and 4 large or 6 small red potatoes. (Skin optional) Add extra water if necessay to cover over vegetables. Low boil until very tender, about 25 minutes. Add brisket back to simmering vegetables during the last 5 minutes to reheat meat. Remove brisket to large platter. Remove vegetables with slotted spoon and surround meat with them. Brisket will reduce in size about 25% during cooking. This is the proper way to prepare this Irish meal."

momsays User ID: 2683712 140945
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"Who in their right mind eats 1/2 pound of meat?? This supposed to feed 2 right??? Sounds easy enough. I might even break out of my cockpot mold this year for our corned beef and cabbage. Just up the ingredients to the amount for whatever size brisket I end up with."

MY REVIEW User ID: 2541024 173883
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2010

"In response to how much corned beef to buy, just pick up the amount you want, and slow cook or roast in oven. Most are packaged with an average weight of 3-4 pounds, so you will have plenty of leftovers."

honeyIam User ID: 4936329 176794
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"It sounds great, but before I cook this I have one QUESTION--Recipe calls for 1 pound (ONE POUND?????] of corned beef brisket?? I want to make this in a few days--can someone please let me know the proper amount of beef. Thanks. honeyIam"

jbart User ID: 3784032 161006
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"Get small jar of pickling spices and add a tablespoon or two. I also add a couple of cloves of fresh garlic.


emdixie User ID: 2701456 100511
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"I don't like useing the spice packet. I like to put in some Garlic powder and salt and letting it cook in a slow cooker"

gerhartl User ID: 2914629 158463
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"What if your brisket doesn't have a "spice packet" included?"

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