Healthier Irish Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe

Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Corned beef & cabbage is a favourite meal of ours (as it’s for many Americans of Irish descent) and a convention in our home on St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve discovered that it’s surprisingly straightforward to brine my very own home made brisket too (here’s how I do it).

Brining your personal corned beef makes this a a lot more healthy dish by avoiding the entire synthetic components present in store-bought, pre-made corned beef.

Really, with these modifications, I see no motive corned beef and cabbage can’t be loved any time of 12 months!

Corned Beef & Cabbage – The Prep

Brining your personal home made brisket could sound like an additional step, nevertheless it’s price it to keep away from the added nitrites and chemical compounds of retailer purchased corned beef. It does imply planning (properly) forward of time, however after getting the corned beef, the precise dish takes nearly no time to place collectively!

If it’s nonetheless 3-5 days earlier than St. Patty’s Day, you’ve time to brine your personal corned beef brisket! (See above for the recipe.)

Once the brisket is brined and prepared, the remaining prep is a snap. I take advantage of a Crock-Pot to sluggish prepare dinner the meat however saute the veggies individually in a pan about half an hour earlier than the meat is finished for an excellent texture.

Hey … Where’s the Potatoes?

Corned Beef and Cabbage healthyOf course conventional corned beef will not be full with out cabbage (which I positively embody a number of) and potatoes. Our household sometimes avoids white potatoes (here’s why) as a result of they’re starchy and excessive on the glycemic index, however on particular events we’ll bask in them.

I positively  favor extra nutrient-dense choices like candy potatoes or cauliflower “mashed potatoes” on the facet as a substitute, however be happy so as to add a number of potatoes to the Crock-Pot in honor of the Irish if you want!

For different recipe concepts that honor Irish heritage in more healthy means, try my potato-free cottage shepherd’s pie or the all the time fashionable bangers and mash. (These are additionally nice choices if there’s no time to brine a brisket!)

Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe




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A Crock-Pot model of this conventional Irish meal that makes use of corned beef brined at dwelling!


For the brisket:

For the edges:

  • 1 massive head of cabbage
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • butter or ghee
  • spices to style corresponding to caraway, thyme, and basil


  1. First, drain brine, rinse brisket below cool water, and put in Crock-Pot. Add garlic, pepper, and sufficient recent water to simply cowl meat. (Do not use the brine … will probably be too salty!)
  2. Turn the Crock-Pot on low and prepare dinner for Eight hours.
  3. About half an hour earlier than beef is finished, chop cabbage, onion, garlic, and carrots.
  4. Saute onions, garlic, and carrots in butter or ghee in massive skillet till considerably tender.
  5. Add cabbage and spices and prepare dinner till tender. Add a bit of corned beef water from the crockpot if it begins to get dry.
  6. Serve the corned beef over the cabbage and veggies.

Courses Main

Cuisine Irish

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

Calories 681

% Daily Value

Total Fat 42.Four g


Saturated Fat 18.1 g


Cholesterol 210 mg


Sodium 3039 mg


Total Carbohydrates 25.7 g


Dietary Fiber 9.Four g


Sugars 13.1 g

Protein 49.9 g


* Percent Daily Values are based mostly on a 2,00zero calorie food plan. Your day by day values could also be greater or decrease relying in your calorie wants.

Ever made your personal corned beef and cabbage earlier than? What are your ideas and tips?

Classic Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage made the healthy way, slow cooked in the crock pot.