How to Cook Corned Beef

If you are looking for a delicious meal that is both easy to make and satisfying, corned beef is a great option. Corned beef is a popular choice for St. Patrick's Day, but it can also be enjoyed year-round. In this article, we will walk you through step by step on how to cook corned beef to perfection.
Corned Beef Cooking


Before we start cooking, let's gather all the ingredients we need:

  • 4-5 pounds of corned beef brisket
  • 4-5 cups of water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Cabbage, carrots, and potatoes (optional)


Step 1: Rinse the Corned Beef

Remove the corned beef from its packaging and rinse it under cold water to remove any excess salt. Pat it dry with paper towels.

Step 2: Preheat the Oven

Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C).

Step 3: Prepare the Seasonings

In a small bowl, mix together the black pepper, paprika, mustard seeds, allspice, ground cloves, ground ginger, and ground cinnamon.

Step 4: Add the Ingredients to the Pot

Place the corned beef in a large pot and cover it with water. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, bay leaves, and the seasoning mix. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and let the corned beef simmer for about 3 hours or until it is tender. If you want to add cabbage, carrots, and potatoes, add them to the pot during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Step 5: Transfer to the Oven

Once the corned beef is done simmering, transfer it to a roasting pan and place it in the preheated oven. Let it roast for about 15-20 minutes or until the top is browned and crispy.


  • Corned beef is easy to make
  • It is a satisfying and delicious meal
  • It can be enjoyed year-round
  • It can be customized with different vegetables and seasonings


  • Corned beef can be high in salt
  • It can be difficult to find good quality corned beef
  • It can take several hours to cook


Q: Can I cook corned beef in a slow cooker?

A: Yes, you can. Simply place the corned beef in the slow cooker with the water and seasonings, and let it cook on low for 8-10 hours or until it is tender.

Q: How do I know when the corned beef is done?

A: The corned beef is done when it is fork-tender and easily falls apart.

Q: Can I freeze leftover corned beef?

A: Yes, you can. Simply store the leftover corned beef in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Q: What can I do with leftover corned beef?

A: You can use leftover corned beef in sandwiches, salads, or casseroles.


Corned beef is a delicious and satisfying meal that is easy to make and can be enjoyed year-round. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can cook corned beef to perfection and impress your family and friends. Don't forget to customize it with your favorite vegetables and seasonings!