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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
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 5-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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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."

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."

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!"

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!"

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"I make this every year and it turns out great! The meat is very tender and so are the vegetables. The only thing I did different from the recipe is I used a bag of petite red potatoes instead of the four large ones. Everything had good taste!"

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