Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
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Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

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I first tried this fuss-free way to cook traditional corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day a few years ago. Now it's a regular in my menu planning. This is terrific with Dijon mustard and crusty bread. —Karen Waters, Laurel, Maryland
Featured In: Your March Meal Plan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 4 large red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 corned beef brisket with spice packet (2-1/2 to 3 pounds), cut in half
  • 1 small head cabbage, cut into wedges


  1. Place the onion, potatoes and carrots in a 6- to 7-qt. slow cooker. Combine the water, garlic, bay leaf, sugar, vinegar, pepper and contents of spice packet; pour over vegetables. Top with brisket and cabbage.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Corned Beef and Cabbage in Quick Cooking March/April 1999, p35

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sarah2830 User ID: 2581651 256404
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2016

"This recipe was awful. It lacked flavor. The vegetables were mushy & the meat was dry and tough."

suekg User ID: 3417903 249351
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2016

"I didn't have any cabbage, just dumped in a one pound bag of baby carrots and peeled and chunked up some russets. I had the crockpot on low for several hours then switched to high to cut a couple hours of cooking time. Was super easy and tasty."

Wieners User ID: 1845812 247169
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2016

"This was good. It is salty though. I made it without the cider vinegar because I didn't have any. I followed the review suggestions and took some of the broth out of the crockpot and used that to boil the cabbage by its self. We really liked it that way."

cmg817 User ID: 8721220 245605
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"this is an excellent recipe for CB&C. Throw everything in a crock pot in the morning and enjoy a delicious meal in the evening. i only used 1/2 head of cabbage cut into 6 wedges since that was all that would fit in the crockpot."

mommayor User ID: 6425768 227785
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2015

"This was amazing! I cooked it for 6 and 1/2 hours. Meat was very tender. This was the first time I ever cooked corned beef. Will do again."

yuehching User ID: 224401 223868
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2015

"Easy and delicious. I added the cabbage about 30 minutes at the end of the cooking time. It turned out perfect."

kredhead User ID: 710648 223076
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015

"My go-to corned beef recipe when I want to use the crockpot. Until this year it's the only way I have prepared this meal. It's tough to fit the cabbage in once everything else is in the crock. Sometimes I leave the cabbage out & at the end of cooking time I pull everything out & place in Corning wear to keep warm. I then place the cabbage in the spiced leftover juice on the stovetop. The cabbage tastes so nice cooked in that liquid. Use pickling spices if your corned beef doesn't come with the spice pack."

pyhurs2 User ID: 7827062 222821
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"Yes I have always made corned beef on top of the stove .My friend was saying I should use a slowcooker I suppose I could do it this way it should turn out pretty good."

MY REVIEW User ID: 6956004 32352
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"Could not fit everything in my 5 qt slow cooker. Next time I'll use fewer potatoes. I used small red potatoes. Served it with creole mustard and it was fantastic!"

ckoenig47 User ID: 7487107 32329
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2014

"I have never made a Corned Beef dinner using a crockpot...always on the stove, for 50 years! Always good and our family loved it! But, now I was looking for a fuss-free simple way to just basically throw all of it together at one time and just be able to forget about it, and get on with other things for the day...worry free! Sooo, I liked the sounds of this recipe , and gave it a try for the very first was excellent! Simple, and lots of flavor! I am not a fan of Cabbage, but this time it was much better than usual. Not the same ole' bland taste...had a nice bite to it! I have now decided when I want to make a Corned Beef dinner, I will use this recipe and a crock more simmering and watching on the stove!"

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