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Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage

Updated on August 29, 2015

How To Cook Corned Beef Cabbage and Potatoes

Not sure how to cook corned beef? The corned beef, cabbage and potatoes that I make is so easy, anyone can do it! It's so easy that I can't believe that I'm writing about it. Maybe that's silly but if I can do it, so can you! The corned beef brisket turns out nice and juicy, the cabbage and potatoes are soft and taste great with butter on them.

I love the smell that fills the house as this dinner is cooking. It's my favorite meal of the whole year. It's been a tradition in my family for years and I'm carrying it on. My kids aren't too crazy about the cabbage but they love the corned beef!

Simple Corned Beef - They Come In Packages

Buy corned beef at your favorite store
Buy corned beef at your favorite store

Simple yet delicious meal

I said this was really simple and I meant it! You can go to the store and buy a packaged corned beef brisket in the meat department. It will come with a seasoning packet and they are usually on sale right before St. Patrick's Day

Cover With Water - and add the seasoning packet


Baking the corned beef

Put the corned beef brisket into the pan fat side up, cover it with water, pour the seasoning packet on top and put it in the oven at 350 degrees F. I used a ceramic 13" x 9" baking dish. The corned beef that I had was almost 4 pounds and I cooked it for about 3 hours.

Perfect Pan for Baking Corned Beef

Le Creuset Stoneware 12-1/2-by-9-1/2-Inch Rectangular Baking Dish,  Cherry
Le Creuset Stoneware 12-1/2-by-9-1/2-Inch Rectangular Baking Dish, Cherry

I love cooking with ceramic baking dishes. They cook food evenly and clean up easily.


Next Is the Cabbage and Potatoes

Put it all together
Put it all together

Great Taste

I love the way that cooking the cabbage and potatoes together tastes. They get nice and soft. After the corned beef has been cooking for about an hour and half, you can start cooking the cabbage and potatoes. I cut up the cabbage first and put it in a pan of boiling water. Next I cut the potatoes into quarters and throw them in the pot of water with the cabbage. I add a dash of salt and let them boil for a little over an hour.

The Finished Dinner. Yummy!!

The Finished Dinner.  Yummy!!
The Finished Dinner. Yummy!!

Cuts of Corned Beef Brisket

Flat Cut

This is the leaner of the two cuts of beef brisket and can be a bit dry. Cut across the grain for easier serving.

Point Cut

This cut of meat is full of fat but also full of flavor. The point cut of meat will shrink considerably while cooking.

Corned Beef Reubens

I love corned beef reubens almost as much as I love a good corned beef, cabbage, and potato dinner! If I go to a new restaurant, I will always order the reuben if it's on the menu because it's so hard to mess one of these up. If the restaurant makes a good one, I'll most certainly come back and try some of their other food.

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 1


  • Loaf of Rye Bread
  • Slices of Corned Beef
  • Can of Sauerkraut
  • Thousand Island Dressing
  • Slices of Mozzarella Cheese
  • Butter


  1. Butter 2 slices of rye bread. Heat up your frying pan a little bit and then add the first slice of bread. Put in a slice or two of the mozzarella cheese on the bread in the pan. Cover the cheese with corned beef. Add a tablespoon of sauerkraut on top of the corned beef. Put the second slice of bread on top. Once the bottom bread is browned a little, flip it over and heat the other side until browned. When it's done cooking, put it on a plate and open up the side with the sauerkraut. Slather on some Thousand Island Dressing. Close the sandwich up and enjoy!
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Stockpot for Making the Cabbage and Potatoes

Cuisinart 766-24 Chef's Classic 8-Quart Stockpot with Cover
Cuisinart 766-24 Chef's Classic 8-Quart Stockpot with Cover

This is the perfect stockpot for cooking the cabbage and potatoes. As an alternative to baking, you can also boil the corned beef in a pan like this along with the cabbage and potatoes.


Getting new cookware is always lots of fun!

There's so many different pots and pans for cooking. Stockpots are great for boiling cabbage and potatoes. Baking dishes are great for cooking meat, desserts, and other things like lasagna. Frying pans are useful so cooking so many other things like ground beef, scrambled eggs, and corned beef reubens.

Do You Have a Traditional Meal That You Enjoy Making?

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      Scott A McCray 3 years ago

      Corned beef and cabbage is one of my favorite meals year 'round but especially as a fall nip hits the air. Scot-Irish on my Dad's side...

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      john1581 4 years ago

      I live in newfoundland and salt beef and cabbage is a traditional meal next to fish and brewis. My ancestors on my mothers side came from ireland