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The Very Best Corned Beef and Cabbage

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This Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe is easy to make. Ale braised corned beef is roasted with simple ingredients and paired with a caramelized pan roasted cabbage to create a dish that goes beyond the usual boiled dinner. Instructions are included for both the oven and slow cooker or crock pot.

The Very Best Corned Beef and Cabbage

  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cooking Time: 3 hr


  • 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
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • For the cabbage:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 ½ cups sliced Vidalia onion (about one large onion)
  • 1 head savoy or green cabbage, core removed and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ 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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