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Old Fashioned Corned Beef for St Patrick's Day

Updated on March 12, 2015

Corny old Beef is my first true love

How I love corned beef!

It was a rare treat when I was a child for we grew up on lamb. Our diet was lamb, mutton and more lamb, broken only by fish on Fridays and poultry at Christmas.

And always corned beef on St Patrick's Day!

That's why I like to make a welcoming meal of corned beef myself. Nostalgia is certainly part of it, but it's an easy enough meal to make, looks enticing and always goes down well with everyone.

What's the Best Way to Cook Corned Beef?

My Nanna cooked Corned Beef with golden syrup, My Aunt Kathleen used beer in her recipe, my Mum was heavy with the brown sugar and served her corned beef with parsley sauce.

I stick mine in the Slow Cooker or roast it to later slice up thickly for sandwiches.

Doesn't matter how you cook it but, just in case you feel like a change, here are a few recipes for old-fashioned corned beef.

Get a nice piece of Corned Beef

Look for a good colour and texture

Just like Isabella Beeton said in Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management first get your corned beef.

Look for a lean piece with a line of fat. (Trim any fat you wish).

Now this is a nice piece of corned beef in the photo - firm, good colour.

The salt content is variable depending on where you buy your corned beef. I like to soak a piece of corned beef in clear water for an hour, then rinse off before I start to cook it but my beef may be saltier than yours.

Corned Beef with Cabbage

Corned Beef with Golden Syrup

Just like my grandmother made


A large piece of corned silverside (a large piece is about 5lbs, very roughly 1.5kg)

8 whole cloves

1 brown onion, peeled, root intact

1 tablespoon golden syrup

4 large carrots, chopped


Place silverside into a large pot and cover with cold water.

Press the cloves into the onion and add

Bring to boil over low heat.

Skim fat from surface

Simmer for 30 minutes

Add the Golden Syrup and carrots. Cook for 1 - 1/2 hours.

Serve with mashed potatoes.

Roast Corned Beef in the Oven

Finish with Glaze


Place a brisket on rack in roasting pan with just enough water to touch the top of the rack. Cover tightly.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees Bake 1 hour and a half.

Add any vegetables, like carrots and cabbage, and cook for a further hour.

The Glaze

Remove the roasting pan from the oven. Put the meat and vegetables to one side and drain off liquid.

Mix 1 cup brown sugar with small amount of currant jelly and shred on top of brisket, return brisket to oven for 1/2 hour

The Gentle Art of Slow Food - A slow cooker is more than frozen beef and canned soup

What could be more convenient, safe, and economical than cooking with an appliance you can leave unattended for hours and that doesn't heat your whole kitchen?

Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook
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A substantial book with over 500 pages of recipes for casseroles, poultry, beef, pork, fish, side dishes, stews and desserts.


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Slow cookers are enjoying a return of popularity .. for very good reasons. A long cooking time lets you start the evening meal before leaving for work. Less washing up too!

Corned Beef with Sugar and Vinegar


A large whole piece of corned silverside

2 bay leaves

6 black peppercorns

1 large brown onion, quartered

1 large carrot, chopped coarsely

1 tablespoon brown malt vinegar

¼ cup (50g) firmly packed brown sugar


Place everything in a large heavy-based pot, bring to the boil gently

Simmer for about 3 hours.

Test the corned beef occasionally to see if it's reached your desired chewability.

Corned Beef and Cabbage in the Crockpot

Slow Cook the perfect corned beef brisket


4 carrots, quartered

large piece of corned beef brisket

2 medium onions, quartered

1/2 small head cabbage, cut into wedges


Put the carrots and the onions in the slow cooker.

Put the brisket over the top.

Pour in a cup or so of water.

Cover and cook on high heat for 5 to 6 hours or low heat for 8 to 10 hours.

Add the wedges of cabbage to cook for the last 2 hours

The term "corned" is an old one referring to the curing of beef with grains of salt, once called corns of salt.

During the Napoleonic wars the British army was fed solely on cans of corned beef from Ireland.

Corned Beef Sandwiches

Get your corned beef hit the next day

1. On dark rye bread, arrange a layer of Swiss cheese, a few slices of hot corned beef, and drained sauerkraut. Spread with your favorite mustard and top with another slice of dark rye.

2. To make 10 to 12 sandwiches. Mix 2 tbsp. mayonnaise and one 1 tbsp. mustard, and spread on bread slice. Add sliced onion, chopped celery and a slice of Old English cheese. Put some corned beef on this, add another slice of bread, wrap in foil and heat in oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

3. Spread 2 slices of rye bread lightly with mayonnaise. Put a layer of sauerkraut over one slice, then top with a slice of corned beef then a slice of Swiss cheese. Top with the second slice, mayonnaise side down. Butter outside of Reuben Sandwich lightly with soft butter and toast on a griddle or grill, turning to brown evenly.

How about you?

What do you think of Corned Beef?

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Each and every comment, corny or otherwise, is very welcome. You don't have to be St Patrick to leave yours

© 2009 Susanna Duffy

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    • dolphin7720004 profile image

      Eleanor Candy 

      6 years ago from Australia

      I love corned beef, I make it in my slow cooker. Great lens

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      Heather McGlaughlin 

      6 years ago from Marryland

      I never knew there were so many ways to cook corned beef. I usually just boil it. I love corned beef and really love reuben sandwiches for leftovers.

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      6 years ago

      Great recipes, I think I'll do corned beef today.\

    • Monika Weise profile image

      Monika Weise 

      6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      I'm making corned beef tomorrow! Thanks for all the good ideas.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I really enjoy seeing how people prepare foods differently. I enjoyed seeing your Old Fashioned Corned Beef Recipe and may have to doctor ours up a bit.

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      7 years ago

      Having Corned Beef and Cabbage today, Thanks for the recipe!

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      7 years ago

      I love corned beef. Last time I made it was two years ago (with brown sugar and vinegar) and there was so much fat to strain out I stopped making it. I've ordered it out since then though. I think I'll make it for St. Patrick's Day this week. Never heard of Golden Syrup (but read that it's similar to our corn syrup in the US) but I'll try one of your other recipes.

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      7 years ago

      I love corned beef with cabbage.

    • RazzbarryBreeze profile image


      7 years ago

      As long as I can remember ..even as a little girl corned beef and cabbage with potatoes was our dinner of choice for St. Patty's Day! To this day I continue with my family!

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      8 years ago

      Yummy.Thanks for sharing this great lens

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      Dianne Loomos 

      8 years ago

      I LOVE corned beef, especially with cabbage and buttered red potatoes.

    • BubblesRFun profile image


      8 years ago

      I love anything corned beef...Especially homemade corned beef hash..Yummy! thanks for the lens:)

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      Ben Reed 

      9 years ago from Redcar

      Mmmmmmm....corned beef.........

    • SusannaDuffy profile imageAUTHOR

      Susanna Duffy 

      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @Stazjia: I'll post you some corned beef. And vegemite

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      Carol Fisher 

      9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      These recipes look so delicious I wish I could buy corned beef but we never see it here.

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      10 years ago

      Looks great!

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      Corned beef on rye with mustard...heaven! Nice work.


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