Favorite Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
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Favorite Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

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It may be the most famous dish to eat on St. Patrick's Day, but this Irish-American classic is a favorite at our table all year long. —Evelyn Kenney, Trenton, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 corned beef brisket (about 4 pounds) with spice packet
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3-1/2 pounds small potatoes (10-15), peeled
  • 8 medium carrots, halved crosswise
  • 1 medium head cabbage, cut into wedges
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups reserved cooking juices from corned beef
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup horseradish
  • MUSTARD SAUCE (optional):
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (with horseradish sauce): 564 calories, 28g fat (10g saturated fat), 134mg cholesterol, 1616mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 8g fiber), 29g protein.


  1. Place brisket, contents of seasoning packet, brown sugar and bay leaves in a large Dutch oven or stockpot; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 2 hours.
  2. Add potatoes and carrots; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, just until beef and vegetables are tender, 30-40 minutes. (If pot is full, remove potatoes and carrots before adding cabbage; reheat before serving.)
  3. Add cabbage to pot; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove vegetables and corned beef; keep warm.
  4. For Horseradish Sauce, strain and reserve 1-1/2 cups cooking juices; skim fat from reserved juices. Discard remaining juices. Prepare sauces as desired.
  5. Cut beef across the grain into slices. Serve with vegetables, Horseradish Sauce and, if desired, Mustard Sauce.
  6. Horseradish Sauce: In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in 1 cup reserved juices. Stir in sugar, vinegar and horseradish; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until thickened. If desired, thin with additional juices. Season to taste with additional sugar, vinegar or horseradish.
  7. Mustard Sauce: Mix all ingredients. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Corned Beef and Cabbage in Reminisce March/April 1993, p47

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clyn User ID: 4083138 264000
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2017

"Great recipe! Both sauces were great. I will definitely make it again!!"

dylan's mama User ID: 4441033 263440
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2017


kredhead User ID: 710648 263405
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2017

"I use this recipe for timing reference when I make corned beef in my Dutch oven. It works perfectly every time. I substitute the spices listed in the "easy corned beef" recipe which utilizes the crock pot. Both recipes make my st pattys day a delicious success every matter which method of cooking I choose."

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 246710
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

"My beef did not come with a spice packet either, so I used a traditional Irish spiced beef blend. This dish had great flavor and the beef was very tender. The sour cream and mustard sauce was a very fresh addition that balanced the dish."

lauripobanz User ID: 33298 245579
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"This was the most tender corned beef I have ever eaten. I used a bag of baby carrots and red potatoes quartered. My boys gave it a hearty thumbs up."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 223033
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"Really really good. I make corned beef and cabbage every year, and this was by far the best St. Patty's Day meal I've ever made. Thanks for sharing."

cindyost User ID: 2125334 222858
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"The name says it all my "Favorite Corned beef and Cabbage Recipe". Thank you for that."

aeniemi User ID: 6185458 43824
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"added 2 cloves of garlic while cooking corned beef and pickling spices as my corned beef didn't come with a packet."

skiking User ID: 6341956 11653
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"Made it with 2+ lb corned beef; 1/2 carrots & potatoes(used red small & cut some in half); used full amounts for horseradish sauce. Made it St. Pats day. It was delicious and a lot of fun for my husband & I making it. Will do it again & use a larger piece of corned beef."

sasinc User ID: 7712506 43822
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014


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