4.82 from 11 votes
The Very Best Corned Beef and Cabbage
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 15 mins

The BEST ever Corned Beef and Cabbage with instructions for both the oven and slow cooker. Perfect results every time.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: irish
Keyword: corned beef
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 751 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 3 pound corned beef brisket
  • 12 ounces ale or lager
  • 24 ounces water
  • 3 carrots roughly chopped
  • 3 celery stalks roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced Vidalia onion about one large onion
  • 1 head savoy or green cabbage core removed and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  1. If oven cooking, preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a large dutch oven (or skillet, if cooking in the slow cooker), heat the oil over med-high heat. Add the brisket to the pan fat side down and cook until golden brown, approximately 4-5 minutes. Turn the brisket over and brown the other side, approximately 5-6 minutes. Turn off the heat and drain the fat. (If cooking in the slow cooker, transfer the brisket to the slow cooker at this time.) Pour the ale over the brisket. Stir in the water, carrots, celery, mustard, thyme, mustard seeds and bay leaf. Cover and transfer to the oven for 3 hours. (Or cover and turn the slow cooker on low for 6-7 hours.)
  3. When the brisket has one hour left of cook time, heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Stir in the butter until melted. Add the onion and cook until softened. Add the cabbage. Cook until wilted and beginning to caramelize. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes stirring after 10 minutes. (The onions and cabbage should start to turn golden brown and caramelize.)
  4. When the brisket is done, it should be tender enough to pull apart with a fork. If it's still tough, continue to cook for an additional 30 minutes. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes covered with foil before slicing against the grain. Serve with the cabbage.

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Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Corned Beef and Cabbage
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 751 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 168mg56%
Sodium 4160mg181%
Potassium 1367mg39%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 5390IU108%
Vitamin C 141.4mg171%
Calcium 113mg11%
Iron 6.2mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.