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Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Updated on March 11, 2018

Delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage

Good ole Corned Beef and Cabbage and Corn Bread.
Good ole Corned Beef and Cabbage and Corn Bread. | Source

One of our most Favorite Meals!

Corned Beef and Cabbage is one of our most favorite meals to prepare for the family or for company. It is also the easiest and everyone always seems to enjoy it. My husband was making this meal long before we married so now we each do our part and pull it together very smoothly. I just love to smell it cooking and the aroma goes through the whole house.

There are many ways to prepare it but this page is for sharing our own way which is so good and easy. We always serve it with boiled red potatoes with the skin, cabbage, cornbread and our special sauce. We will have friends over to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Doc's Corned Beef and Cabbage.

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corned beef and cabbage
corned beef and cabbage

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage

This really isn't much of a recipe since all you do is boil your cornbeef, boil your cabbage and boil your potatoes. That's it. My husband makes the best cornbread in the world and he only adds a little milk or water to the self rising cornmeal. We don't like our cornbread to look like a piece of cake. We like it flat and crispy but to each his own. The special sauce is good on the meat as well as the cabbage. It just makes everything taste better and is so easy to make.

Note: Remember that there will be a good bit of shrinkage usually with the corned beef so there might not be as much remaining after cooking as you need.

Prep time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours
Yields: Approximately 6 to 8 depending on the size of corned beef


  • Corned Beef Brisket
  • Cabbage Wedged
  • New Red Potatoes- washed and boiled with skin left on


  1. Put your brisket in a big pot and cover with water. Bring to boil and then cut down to simmer for several hours covered. The time per pound should be printed on the packaging but around 50 minutes per pound is recommended.
  2. Closer to time to serve, you will want to wash and wedge your head of cabbage and boil the wedges. Wash but don't peel the new potatoes, cover with water and boil. We do all of this in separate pots. We realize that some people cook it all together but we find it is less greasy and more tasty if done in separate pots. We have never tried it in a crock pot but there are some videos below that show how that is done.
  3. Serve with butter for the cornbread and potatoes and the sauce for just about everything. The special sauce is just a combination of mayonnaise, a little yellow mustard, and lemon juice - that's it! I can't tell you how much to add - just keep tasting and look for a creamy light yellow color. Not much mustard is needed.
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Corn Beef Brisket with Spice Packet - This is the kind we like

They usually come with a Spice Packet or it will already be coated with the spices. We love this meal all year round and not just on St. Patrick's Day. We can usually find it in the local grocery store but there has been times when it has been unavailable at our regular grocery store and we have to go to the one in the next town. I have never tried to freeze this so not sure how it would do. We usually don't have enough left over to worry about it. Some people cook all the ingredients together but we like to keep them separate. It seems to me that when cooking together, you get too much grease in the potatoes.

Pone of Cornbread - I love my hubby's cornbread! He makes the best!

Pone of Cornbread
Pone of Cornbread

My Husband is a Great Cook!

My hubby, Doc Hellams makes the best cornbread in the world, I think. It is crispy just like we like it. He does not add eggs or anything but a little milk or water and oil to Self Rising Corn Meal. He covers the bottom of the iron skillet with oil and makes sure the sides are covered. He then adds this oil to the Corn Meal. We usually use Vegetable Oil. Bake on 450 degrees until golden brown. We like our cornbread crunchy and not cakey but I do know that is not the way a lot of people eat it. Yummy, I love to cut off the edge and add butter - delicious!

Sorry, he says that he doesn't measure anything so I can't give exact measurements. The mixture is a little on the soupy side when he pours it into the skillet. He has heated the skillet and oil before adding the corn meal mixture but now says that it is not necessary. He just pours the oil right into the corn meal and water/milk mixture.

Yummy, pass the butter, please!

Cast Iron Skillet for your Southern Cornbread - You can't make cornbread without a good cast iron skillet

I think every southerner owns a cast iron skillet and usually have a favorite one. We have been known to haul our cast iron skillet to the beach so we will be sure to have cornbread like we like it. Be sure to season your skillet correctly before using for the first time. The directions will come with the skillet but we season with Vegetable Oil. It really does make a difference and will make it last longer and your cornbread taste better. The one I have featured here is Pre-Seasoned but I imagine that my husband would want to do it again just to be on the safe side.

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Here are some other ways to prepare it - There are lots of ways to make this dish

Several of these videos show recipes and although I have never tried to cook it in the Crock Pot, it sure sounds easy and worth trying. I think I might have to convince my husband to try this the next time. How do you prepare yours? Check out these videos and let me know what you think in the Guestbook below. Thanks.

Do you want to try the Crock Pot Recipe?

As you can see from the videos above, it is often cooked in a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker. One of these days I am going to get a new one as ours is from the 1970s and although it still works fine, it is not near as attractive as the new ones. I like the oval shape, too. This would be so nice to take for covered dish dinners, too! Great for soups, stews, and just about anything. I know a lot of people who put there meal in the crock pot before they leave for work and then when they get home it is ready to serve and eat.


Your comment will appear when approved. Thank you for taking the time. I would love to read how you prepare your favorite St. Patrick's Day Meal. We have this meal about 4 or 5 times a year so you don't have to wait to St. Patrick's Day to make it. It really is the easiest meal for company and easy clean up, too.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Cooking - and I hope you enjoyed my hubby's recipe as much as we do

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 weeks ago from Pendleton, SC

      Will had texted yesterday to ask how long to cook so he is getting ready to have it there.

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      Connie Rasbury 6 weeks ago

      We used your recipe last year and enjoyed it ALL. I remember I called you for some last minute advice. Thanks for sharing such a fun and delicious meal.

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Yesterday, our neighbors invited us for corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, etc. It was delicious. I had never had this meal. We loved it. Love this lens, too.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Sounds yummy! What a pretty purple star too!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh I love corned beef and cabbage! Have never had cornbread with it though, and will have to make some next I make corned beef.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Terrie_Schultz: Me too. We eat it all year round

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Ruthi: I haven't ever added turnips but love them. Great idea. Thanks.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I enjoy cornbread with my corned beef and cabbage too and always make up a crockpot recipe of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and turnips for St. Patrick's Day.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      I make corned beef and cabbage every year on St. Patrick's Day, and sometimes other times during the year as well, I love it so much!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @JulieJohnson3: Oh Me! We have to have our cornbread and my hubby makes the very best.

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      Julie Johnson 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I make this every year on St. Patrick's Day, but have never thought to add cornbread. I'll have to do that this year. Nice Lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Corned Beef and Cabbage looks really delicious. Since my birthday is on St. Patrick's Day I really should try this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Thanks for squidlike and blessings.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Simply delicious, but I want to try this recipe. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't cook much, but this one sounds too delicious to not give it a try!

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      Heather McGlaughlin 5 years ago from Marryland

      Love corned beef and cabbage but only have it on St. Paddy's Day.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      It looks so good! thanks

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      Barkely 5 years ago

      Sounds yummy!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this very much and will try your recipes. Thanks Nancy and Doc

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      my mother was fond of corned beef and cabbage and made it often- the photo brings back memories, I can just taste it!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @poutine: I do, too, and thank you for visiting and commenting

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      poutine 5 years ago

      I love this recipe.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @kislanyk: If you love Corned Beef and you love Cabbage, you will surely enjoy this Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @aishu19: Yes, we do love Corned Beef and Cabbage. Have you ever tried to make it?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @cleanyoucar: Let me know if you give our Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe a try

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @KimGiancaterino: How does your mom make her corned beef and cabbage? Thanks for visiting ours.

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      A great recipe that I will have to try out! Love both corn beef and cabbage.

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      aishu19 5 years ago

      Corned Beef and Cabbage does sound like an interesting recipe

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Am always on the lookout for new recipes, this is good. Thanks for sharing!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      The only bummer about being a vegetarian is missing out on a few of my childhood favorites. My mom makes a mean corned beef and cabbage. Oh well ... more room for cabbage, potatoes, and cornbread!