Corned Beef and Cabbage (Irish Boiled Dinner)

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Irish Boiled Dinner)

Corned Beef and Cabbage or Irish Boiled Dinner is classic Irish American dinner served on St. Patrick’s Day. Here I have a step-by-step post on how best to prepare corned beef brisket with boiled vegetables. This recipe is foolproof and delicious!

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Irish Boiled Dinner)

It’s that time of year!

Big bowls of Lucky Charms for breakfast, I’m wearing green to avoid getting pinched and the smell of beef brisket is percolating throughout my kitchen!

I grew up on this Irish-American classic. I’m sure most are familiar with this as it’s served in so many households around St. Patrick’s Day. But just incase you aren’t familiar, corned beef and cabbage is a one pot boiled dinner. Which sounds a bit suspect but in reality is delicious. Corned beef brisket simmers low and slow for hours before carrots, potatoes and cabbage are added to the pot – cooking until ultra tender.

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Irish Boiled Dinner)

Being that we are an Irish-American household, it’s the only meal I’m allowed to make on St. Patrick’s Day.🍀

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Irish Boiled Dinner) ingredients

To Make This Corned Beef Brisket with Boiled Vegetables You Will Need:

  • corned beef brisket
  • seasoning packet (included with the beef brisket)
  • garlic
  • green cabbage
  • baby red skinned potatoes
  • carrots
  • yellow onion
  • butter – for serving
  • kosher salt – for serving
  • freshly ground black pepper – for serving
  • Irish soda bread – for serving 

pickling spices

You can either make your own pickling spice or use the one that comes with the beef brisket. I have a friend that uses the packaged spices and then adds her own as well. So do what you feel like… you can’t go wrong!

corned beef brisket

Rinse your corned beef brisket under lukewarm water and pat dry with paper towel. I do this to rinse off excess brine which I feel makes the corned beef extra salty. Doing this will not remove any of the flavor of the corned beef, the flavors of the brine are already throughout the brisket.

corned beef, seasoning, garlic and water in a pot.

Next place the beef brisket in a large heavy stock pot with 2 cloves smashed garlic and pickling spice packet. Cover with at least 12 cups of water or until the brisket is submerged under water.

cover and cook low and slow

Cover with a lid and bring to a near boil. I wait for the lid to start to ever so gently rattle. Then reduce to low/medium-low, and simmer with the lid askew for approximately 50 minutes per pound. So for a 4 pound corned beef, this would take roughly 3-1/2 hours.

prepped carrots, onions, potatoes and cabbage

3 hours later…

With about 4o minutes left on my timer, I quickly prep the potatoes. Quickly scrub and if your potatoes are on the large side, you can cut them in half. Peel and cut your carrots in to 1 to 1-1/2 inch pieces.

Cut a small head of cabbage in to 8 wedges, leaving a portion of the core intact. 

cooked brisket

Once the corned beef has finished cooking it will be much smaller in size and not the most attractive shade.

add in vegetables to pot

Add in the onions, carrots and potatoes. Place the wedges of cabbage on top, cover and cook for 30 to 40 minutes or until tender.

cabbage on top

The vegetables are done when a fork glides through easily.

cooked corned beef on carving board

Believe it or not there is a correct and an incorrect way to cut corned beef. Find the grain of the meat and cut against it. For example, as you see in the photos the meat grain runs somewhat of a diagonal. You want to slice going in the opposite direction to create slices. Otherwise it will just shred.

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Irish Boiled Dinner)

Serve slices of tender corned beef with the boiled vegetables. I like to top the potatoes, carrots and cabbage with butter, salt and pepper and maybe a little parsley. And I also like to dip my corned beef into a grainy mustard.

Finish this whole meal off with slices of Irish soda bread and enjoy!

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Irish Boiled Dinner)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Irish Boiled Dinner)

Enjoy! And if you give this Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Corned Beef and Cabbage (Irish Boiled Dinner)

A classic Irish-American boiled dinner. Corned beef simmers with carrots, ptoatoes, cabbage and onionjs for a delicious cozy and humble dinner.
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine American, Irish
Keyword boiled dinner, cabbage, cotned beef, how to, potatoes, St. Patrick’s Day
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 552kcal
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 4 pounds corned beef brisket
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed and peeled
  • seasoning packet included with the corned beef brisket
  • pounds baby red skinned potatoes halved if large
  • 4 large carrots peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow onion halved and sliced vertically
  • 1 small head cabbage cut into wedges with the root intact


  • Rinse your corned beef well and pat dry with paper towel.
  • Place the brisket in a large stock pot with smashed garlic, pickling seasoning and cover with at least 12 cups of water, leaving a few inches at the top of the pot.
  • Cover and bring to a near boil. Then reduce to a simmer and cook for 50 minute per pound. ( 4 pound brisket will take approximately 3-1/2 hours)
  • I usually check on it 1/3 of the way and add more water and turn the corned beef.
  • When 30 minutes are remaining; add potatoes, carrots, onions and cover with the wedges of cabbage. 
  • The vegetables are done when a fork glides through easily.
  • Once the corned beef is cookied, remove and transfer to a carving board. Slice the corned beef against the grain.
  • Serve the boiled vegetables with butter, salt and pepper, and I love to dip my corned beef in mustard.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 2817mg | Potassium: 1351mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 6108IU | Vitamin C: 105mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 5mg

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