Braised Corned Beef and Cabbage starts with an uncured brisket flat instead of the already seasoned corned beef. Taking brisket, seasoning it and slow cooking with the traditional vegetables makes for an out-of-the-ordinary St. Patrick’s Day Irish corned beef and cabbage recipe!

Irish Braised Corned Beef and cabbage dinner on a white plate.

Why You Must Make

  • For those who don’t like the flavor or texture of regular corned beef, this recipe uses a plain brisket.
  • You’ll still have all the delicious vegetables and seasonings making it perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • It’s tasty, comfort food that you can make any time of year, not just in March.

My petite, 100% Irish mother-in-law made corned beef and cabbage every St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, the picky hubby was the only one in his family who wasn’t a fan. Imagine that! I’m pretty sure he ate a peanut butter sandwich when I made my one and only corned beef for dinner many moons ago. My hopes were that this corned beef would not be snubbed!

overhead photo of a platter of Irish Braised Corned Beef, carrots, cabbage, and potatoes

Braised Brisket Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

I was skeptical after my first bite, but then I drizzled some of the “au jus” over the brisket slices. Wow. The vegetables soaked up the juices, too, and were incredibly flavorful. As a dutiful wife, I mentioned that there was a sauce for the meat. “I have ketchup,” was his reply. Can’t say that I was shocked.

But I convinced him to give it a try and he loved his braised corned beef. I can’t say it tasted anything like the cured version, but it was certainly a wonderful mid-March meal. I still have a hankering for good ol’ fashioned corned beef and cabbage. Maybe next year!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Corned Beef?

Usually made of beef brisket or round, it’s cured in a seasoned brine. The word “corn” comes from the British who use the term for small particles, like the salt used in the brine.

Most corned beef is a rosy red color and is typically served with braised cabbage.

Is Corned Beef Healthy?

The newer style of corned beef has much less sodium than what you’d have found decades ago. It’s high in protein, iron, and B12. But it’s also processed red meat that may increase chances of cancer heart disease if eaten frequently.

What Can You Serve with Corned Beef?

Besides the classic cabbage, potatoes and carrots cooked along with the brisket (they absorb all the delicious flavors of the meat), serve with Irish Soda Bread or Brown Bread and your meal is complete!

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Irish Braised Corned Beef | Brisket slow cooked with the classic corned beef spices!

Irish Braised Corned Beef

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Yield 6 servings

A brisket slow cooked with the flavor palate of corned beef. Recipe slightly adapted from Certified Angus Beef's Irish Braised Corned Beef Brisket.


  • 4 pounds corned beef brisket flat, (locally found at Market District or Meijer stores)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 6 peeled garlic cloves, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 head cabbage (I used a 2-pound cabbage), cut in 8 wedges
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 1 1/2 pounds small round potatoes (my addition)
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley, optional)


  1. Remove corned beef from package, rinse and pat dry; cut into two equal pieces.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine coriander, caraway, black pepper, thyme, cloves and salt; set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear brisket until browned, about 3 minutes per side.
  5. Place brisket in a large roasting pan or Dutch oven. Evenly coat all sides of brisket with spice blend. Spread carrots, onions, garlic, cabbage and bay leaves evenly around and on top, add stock and cover tightly with foil or lid. Place in oven and braise 2 hours or until tender.
  6. Boil potatoes in salted water until tender. Toss with butter and garnish with parsley.
  7. Slice thinly against the grain and serve with vegetables and broth, garnished with parsley.

Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1135Total Fat: 65gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 331mgSodium: 1066mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 8gSugar: 9gProtein: 94g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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