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Favorite Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Favorite Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

—Evelyn Kenney, Trenton, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 corned beef brisket with spice packet (4 to 6 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 to 3 bay leaves
  • 16 to 24 small potatoes, peeled
  • 8 to 12 medium carrots, halved
  • 1 large head cabbage, cut into wedges
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups cooking liquid (from brisket)
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup horseradish
  • 1 cups (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar


  • 1. Place brisket in a large Dutch oven; cover with water. Add brown sugar and bay leaves. (If spice packet is enclosed with brisket, add it also.) Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  • 2. Add potatoes and carrots. Return to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 30-40 minutes or until meat and vegetables are just tender. If your Dutch oven is not large enough for cabbage to fit, remove potatoes and carrots and keep warm (they can be returned to cooking liquid and heated through before serving).
  • 3. Add cabbage; cover and cook about 15 minutes or until tender. Discard bay leaves. Remove cabbage and meat.
  • 4. Strain and remove about 1-1/2 cups cooking liquid. Let meat stand a few minutes. Slice meat across the grain. Serve with Horseradish Sauce or Sour Cream and Mustard Sauce. Garnish with parsley if desired.
  • 5. Horseradish Sauce: In a small saucepan, melt butter. Blend in flour. Add 1 cup cooking liquid; stir until smooth. Add vinegar, sugar and horseradish. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Adjust seasoning with additional vinegar, sugar or horseradish if needed. Thin sauce if necessary with the remaining cooking liquid.
  • 6. Sour Cream and Mustard Sauce Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix until well blended. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

8 ounce-weight: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein

Reviews for Favorite Corned Beef and Cabbage

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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."

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."

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."

Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

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

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."

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."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014


Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013 Edited Mar. 17, 2016

"I am so glad I have saved this to my Recipe Box! It is the Best and so are the sauces! I make it this way every year."

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"I could be a contestant on "World's Worst Cook in America". My husband laughed when I said I wanted to make corned beef and cabbage, and said to wait for his next day off and HE would make it. While he was at work, I made it. It was so much easier than I thought! I cut myself with the peeler, and put the butter and flour in a pot together to melt, but recovered quickly. It was so good, and my husband was stunned. I recommend this to anyone who is a beginner or an old pro."

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

"This is amazingly awesome. The meat was so tender & yummy."

Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"I also live in Trenton ,N.J. & wish you were my friend so I could get invited to some of your dinners!... LOL.. I made this as what the recipe said & it was sooo good it is the best brisket I have ever made & family agreed!!! You ever need a friend Im near.. LOL.. Loved it!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"My husband and I enjoyed this Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe immensely. The extra Horseradish and Sour Cream & Mustard Sauces were added bonuses. We tried them both! Did not add the fresh minced parsley, but may next time!"

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"I have done this recipe and is awesome, thanks."

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"WOW! This recipe is so easy and absolutely delicious! It's even quick enough to make during the week! Most people I know had said it was better to do in a crockpot or when you have hours and hours to let it simmer since it's a tough cut. But mine cooked for about 2 1/2 hours and it is so tender you don't need a knife! And the horseradish sauce really compliments the dish! Definitely a keeper! The only thing I did differently was to add half the carrots and potatoes since I only made a 3 pound brisket. Otherwise, kept it exactly the same and love it that way!"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"I think I just made the best corned beef and cabbage ever!!! I will not make it any other way again...I did make the sour cream and mustard sauce to dip...excellent. I always thought making corned beef and cabbage in the crock pot was the only way, not ANYMORE!"

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"I make this a lot ...I add black pepper corns, a onion cut in half, apple cider vinegar and the Bouquet Garni sachets ."

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2010

"I followed this recipe exactly and it produced a wonderful meal. I had two briskets and used an electric roaster because we are having a problem with our oven. I simmered the meat in the pickling spices along with the brown sugar. After two hours I added the vegetables but I also added three Spanish onions because my boys enjoy onions simmered in the meat.I was very tempted to add a few turnips because my boys like them two and I had them on hand but did not. The meat was tender, sliced up wonderful, and the vegetables roasted to perfection. It also produced a wonderful broth which made both sauces a wonderful compliment. We only ate one brisket but made both and wewill use the second brisket to make Reueben sandwiches."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"it was by far the best i've made"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2010

"I added onion and garlic. We loved this dish. I wouldnt wait for st. patty day to make it tho, too good to be put on hold. Thanks"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2009

"Excellent! I make this recipe every St. Ratrick Day."

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