Authentic Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Authentic Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe – An easy low carb and keto diet friendly dinner idea.

Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage

Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

We’ve been living in Ireland for a couple of weeks now. I’ve been loving cooking with local ingredients and asking the advice of locals for what to cook and how to cook it. The other day I shared a recipe for the BEST Irish Scrambled Eggs and today is all about Irish Corned Beef.

While visiting a local, village butcher the other day, I noticed that they specialise in the BEST Corned Beef. So, I asked how best to cook it to experience a local, authentic dish.

He gave me heaps of tips, which I’m sharing with you in this post. So, you get to benefit from local, Irish knowledge – without having to make a trip to the Irish countryside. (Although, I do hope that one day you get to see this magical country for yourself, if you haven’t already! )

When I make corned beef, I usually include salt, garlic, onions and carrots in the pot. Well, my friendly butcher told me to cook the corned beef in only water. That’s all. Nothing else added.

Which makes sense, as it’s been marinated in a brine for days, which likely includes more than enough salt than the piece of corned beef needs.

Cooking Cabbage for Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage Dish

The next genius piece of advice was about how to cook the perfect cabbage to accompany your corned beef. The secret? Cook the cabbage in the pot, in the water that you used to boil the corned beef. I know. My mind was blown too!

And, the Irish way to make truly spectacular cabbage? Add some butter too and you’ll get to enjoy buttery, flavoursome cabbage. (As pictured above, cooking in the buttery, meaty goodness.)

So, the cabbage absorbs all of the flavourful juices, butter and cooking goodness from the corned beef and you get to enjoy the most amazing cabbage of your life!

Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Video

Here’s the video where you can watch this dish being prepared, step by step. Hit play below or click here to watch on YouTube.

The whole dish is simple to prepare, yet tastes wholesome and homely and is the perfect warming dish on a cool day.

Dishes of Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage

Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

  • Corned Beef
  • Cabbage
  • Butter
  1. Remove the corned beef from the packaging and place into a large pot.
  2. Cover with water and bring up to the boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat and gently simmer.
  4. Check on the corned beef from time to time, adding more water if needed.
  5. Cook for 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on the size of the corned beef, until tender and a fork easily pierces it.
  6. Remove from the pot and reserve the cooking liquid.
  7. Chop the cabbage into bite sized pieces.
  8. Place into the reserved cooking liquid, along with a few generous knobs of butter.
  9. Bring up to the boil and simmer until cooked to your liking.
  10. Slice the corned beef up and serve with the cooked cabbage.

Authentic Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe - an easy low carb keto diet dinner idea

This really is a life changing way to enjoy corned beef and I can’t wait to go back to the butcher, thank him for the amazing recipe, and get another piece of corned beef to make the recipe again.

Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage
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Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Ingredients

  • Corned Beef
  • Cabbage
  • Butter

Instructions

  1. Remove the corned beef from the packaging and place into a large pot.
  2. Cover with water and bring up to the boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat and gently simmer.
  4. Check on the corned beef from time to time, adding more water if needed.
  5. Cook for 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on the size of the corned beef, until tender and a fork easily pierces it.
  6. Remove from the pot and reserve the cooking liquid.
  7. Chop the cabbage into bite sized pieces.
  8. Place into the reserved cooking liquid, along with a few generous knobs of butter.
  9. Bring up to the boil and simmer until cooked to your liking.
  10. Slice the corned beef up and serve with the cooked cabbage.

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Disclaimer – this post is meant for informational post only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult with your health professional before making any dietary changes.

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