It is that time of year again. The time in which we start making my famous Corned Beef. I make this every single year for Mark and me. When my kids are in town I make it for them as well. You can’t go wrong making this recipe because it brings back so many memories from years of tradition. You’re going to love the simplicity of this recipe and how you can easily make it for your entire family. Let’s learn all about how to make Corned Beef.
When my daughters were young it was important to me to have traditions on holidays. We made this dish as well as green French Toast, Green Milk, Green pancakes, Green bread, and Green Finger Jello. I have a few recipes below for my other St. Patrick’s Day traditions.
I quote Wikipedia: “Corned beef is not an Irish national dish, and the connection with Saint Patrick’s Day specifically originates as part of Irish-American culture and is often part of their celebrations in North America. The corned beef was used as a substitute for bacon by Irish immigrants in the late 19th century.”
Kitchen Items You May Need
Only a few kitchen items are needed. It’s important that we have items on hand that can help us make the best dish possible. I love making recipes that only call for a few tools!
- Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
- Cutting Board
- Sharp Knives
- Baking Dish (for adding the crispy topping after cooking the meat)
How To Make Corned Beef
Remove the outer plastic package the meat comes packaged in and place the meat in the slow cooker with the goodies from the seasoning packet enclosed and the juice from the bag. Completely cover the meat with water. The “foamy” white stuff you see is the salt from the meat solution of the package, thus corned beef. Secure the lid on your slow cooker. I set my slow cooker for TEN hours on LOW the night before.
The next morning, you will grab a cutting board and chop the potatoes, carrots, or use the carrots shown below, and chopped onions.
Add the chopped vegetables to the slow cooker.
Chop or slice the cabbage as shown below. I only used about 3/4 of the large cabbage I purchased.
Cover the vegetables with the cabbage and set the slow cooker to cook for another 6 hours on HIGH. You will add more water if needed.
After cooking the meat in the slow cooker or Instant Pot, remove the corned beef and place it in a greased baking pan.
Here is an awesome trick that makes the corned beef look and tastes fabulous. Heat your oven to 350 degrees and place just the meat on a greased shallow pan FAT side up. Lather the fat with mustard and sprinkle with 1/2 cup brown sugar.
Bake 20-30 minutes until the brown sugar looks crispy. This is absolutely the most tender recipe you will ever make.
Serve immediately with vegetables.
How To Make Corned Beef Recipe
- 4 pounds Corned beef with seasonings included
- Cabbage-washed and sliced as desired
- 2 cups Carrots-washed and sliced amount desired
- 2 Potatoes-washed and cut into pieces desired
- 1 Large onion-peeled and chopped
- Water to cover corned beef
- ***Mustard and 1/2 cup brown sugar for the last 20-30 minutes to brown and crisp the top of the meat.
Remove the outer plastic package the meat comes packaged in and place the meat in the slow cooker with the seasoning packet enclosed and the juice from the bag. Completely cover the meat with water. I set my slow cooker for ten hours on LOW the night before. The following morning, I added cabbage, carrots, potatoes, and onions. I set the slow cooker to cook for another 6 hours on HIGH. You will add more water if needed.
After cooking the corned beef in the slow cooker or Instant Pot, here is an awesome trick that makes the corned beef look and tastes fabulous. Heat your oven to 350 degrees and place just the corned beef on a greased shallow pan FAT side up. Lather the fat with mustard and sprinkle with 1/2 cup brown sugar. Bake 20-30 minutes until the brown sugar looks crispy. Serve immediately with vegetables.
PRESSURE Cooker Recipe:
*same ingredients as above*
Add your corned beef to your pressure cooker with the juices from the packaging plus one cup of water. Cook on high for 90 minutes and check for tenderness. If it’s still too tough, pressure an additional 30 minutes. Add the cabbage and vegetables of choice and pressure for another 15 minutes. Remove the meat from the pan and do the same as above to give the meat a yummy texture and flavor.
Heat your oven to 350 degrees and place just the corned beef on a greased shallow pan FAT side up. Lather the fat with mustard and sprinkle with 1/2 cup brown sugar. Bake 20-30 minutes until the brown sugar looks crispy. Serve immediately with vegetables.
What is Corned Beef?
In simple terms, Corned Beef is just salt-cured brisket of beef. The term corned beef comes from how the meat is treated. Corns of salt are used to cure the meat. This is what makes it so unique and so delicious.
How long can you keep in the fridge after cooking?
After you make this traditional meal, you may be wondering how to store it. You can store the corned beef in the fridge for at least 3-4 days. As the days go by the texture of the corned beef may change, but it will still be good to eat.
How do I freeze it?
Did you know you can also freeze cooked beef? Once the meat is in a freezer safe container, you can place it in the freezer for 2-3 months. Unthaw and warm up as you normally would.
How to store opened Corned Beef
Let’s say you opened a can of corned beef, but you are not ready to use it all. There is a way to store opened corned beef. As long as it is in an airtight container, you can store the opened corned beef (covered) for 3-4 days. Canned foods have magical powers. I grew up on sandwiches made out of it.
What does Corned Beef taste like?
If you were biting into Corned Beef for the first time, you would taste something that is sweet and sour. It has a very meaty flavor that is also very salty. Corned Beef goes through a brining process that helps give it its flavor. Corned simply refers to the size of the salt used in the process of creating the beef.
St. Patrick’s Day Traditions
- 4 Cups Warm Milk
- 8 Tsp. SAF Instant Yeast
- 4 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Oil (I use olive oil)
- 3 Tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Warm Water
- 13-14 Cups White Flour
- 1 Ounce Food Coloring (Green for St. Patrick’s Day)
I start with a Bosch Mixer, although you could make this in a bowl. I put the yeast, warm water, salt, oil, and sugar in the bowl. I then add the eggs and lightly mix it in the Bosch so the eggs do not “cook.” This is where I add the food coloring. Then I add the warm milk and flour slowly. I continue to add flour until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the Bosch bowl. I knead for about 7-8 minutes. I place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. I let the dough rise until double the original size. I punch down the dough and make into loaves and place these in greased pans (I make eight-1-pound loaves). I let it rise once again (using the same plastic wrap) until it doubles and then I bake them at 350 degrees for 27 minutes. I lightly butter the tops of each loaf after baking and remove from the pans.
I like to use different colors of food coloring for different holidays. It takes a whole bottle (1 ounce) of green food coloring for this recipe. ***You can cut the bread into circles, that’s really fun. You can also make French Toast with green bread, I love it!
I just have to share this picture of my sweet granddaughter making some green bread with me.
Green Finger Jello
- 2 6-ounce boxes Jello Gelatin (choose any flavor of gelatin you want)
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 5 1-ounce packages Knox Original Unflavored Gelatin
- 2-1/2 cups cool water
Boil the Jello, sugar, and water (3 cups) stirring constantly. Dissolve the Knox Unflavored Gelatin by stirring in the cool water (2-1/2 cups) and set aside.
After boiling the lime Jello, combine it with the Knox Unflavored Gelatin mixture and pour into a greased (spray with vegetable oil) 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Set in the refrigerator until it sets up and is ready to cut into cubes, or use cookie cutters.
Green St. Patrick’s Day Traditions
Green Milk, milk with green food coloring
Green orange juice, add green food coloring
Green pancakes, pancakes with green food coloring
Green waffles, waffles with green food coloring
Mashed potatoes with green food coloring
Green gelatin cut into Shamrocks
Pancakes, 1/2-dollar size (gold coins)
Cold cereal with green milk
Green breadsticks (bread dough with green food coloring)
If you have never learned how to make Corned Beef, now is your chance. It is never too late to create new memories for your family. I have been making this Corned Beef recipe for years and it is without a doubt a tradition in our family. Make this St. Patrick’s Day a special one by making this Corned Beef. After the crazy year we’ve had, it’s important to keep traditions like this alive. May God Bless this world, Linda.