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Corned Beef and Cabbage

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  • prep time: 20 min
  • total time: 3 hr 20 min
  • serves: 8 people

This traditional Irish dish features corned beef slowly simmered with onions, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, beef broth and beer. The result is a mouthwatering meal that everyone will love!


cost per recipe: $59.96

  • 1 corned beef brisket or boneless beef brisket (about 4 pounds) with spice packet
  • 1 coffee filter and kitchen twine
  • 2 bottles (12 ounces each) lager-style beer
  • 3 cups Swanson® 50% Less Sodium Beef Broth or Unsalted Beef Stock
  • 2 large onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 6 small red potato, unpeeled
  • 3 medium carrot, peeled and cut into 3-inch-long pieces
  • 1 head green cabbage (about 2 pounds), cut into wedges


  • Tips

    • Serving Suggestion: Serve with pickles, horseradish and mustard.
  • Step 1

    Pour the contents of the spice packet into the coffee filter.  Tie with the twine to make a bundle. 

  • Step 2

    Place the beef into a 6-quart saucepot.  Pour in the beer and broth.  Add spice bundle.  Heat over medium-high heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook for 2 hours and 15 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Add the onions, potatoes and carrots to the saucepot.  Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Add the cabbage.  Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the beef and vegetables are fork-tender.  Remove and discard the spice bundle.


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  • Best I’ve ever cooked!

    Syd Z.
    March 6, 2019

    I made this today and it was excellent. I used a dark lager and it was tender with a ton of flavor!! I will definitely do this again!

  • Wonderful recipe but-

    March 19, 2016

    While this recipe is delicious -the best I've ever made- it certainly cannot serve 12, as stated. It only uses 3 carrots and 6 small potatoes. I made it for 4 and there were only 2 pieces of meat left, no carrots, no onions , a few potatoes,
    (I did make 9 potatoes though), and no cabbage - I couldn't fit the whole cabbage in the pot - had 2 wedges that I didn't use.
    This was so good I'm making it again tonight since there were no leftovers to speak of and my husband both loved it. I followed the directions as written except for adding an extra carrot and more potatoes.

    • Swanson
      March 25, 2016

      Thanks for the feedback! We’ll make sure your comments about the recipe and serving size are addressed by our test kitchen staff.

  • First timer a great change

    March 19, 2016

    Tried base as directed. Added veggies as to size and tender I wanted them. Everything was delicious. I took corned beef out covered with foil as cabbage was cooking. Then took all veggies out with slotted spoon. Yummy .
    I put the liquid in. Fridge over night, strained thru cheese cloth to remove excess fat and now I have a great corned beef/ veggie stock for other soups or dishes. THE FLAVORS AND TENDERNESS OF THIS DISH WAS FANTASTIC ......

  • best corn beef ever

    March 20, 2014

    I never follow the recipe, this one I did, I monitored it while I worked from home and it was awesome, fed all 4 of my family, with 2 people having leftovers, I never used the packet before, great tip, to put in filter.great flavor.

  • Best corned beef ever!

    March 18, 2014

    This method yielded the most tender meat. I baked mine in the oven because I was cooking 2 roasts. The low salt broth balanced out the salty meat, and it was just delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    Made With

    Calories 742
    Total Fat 43 g
    Sat. Fat 14.5 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 222 mg
    Sodium 2424 mg
    Total Carb 34 g
    Dietary Fiber 5 g
    Sugar 7 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 46 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 7 %DV
    Iron 32 %DV
    Potassium 26 %DV
    Calories 744
    Total Fat 43 g
    Sat. Fat 14.5 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 222 mg
    Sodium 2326 mg
    Total Carb 34 g
    Dietary Fiber 5 g
    Sugar 0 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 46 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 9 %DV
    Iron 32 %DV
    Potassium 26 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.