What Is the Best Way to Cook Corned Beef? [Cooking Guide]

There are many ways to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but if you want a dish that will be enjoyed by everyone in your family there’s nothing better than corned beef and cabbage. We walk through the best way – cooking on the stovetop–as well as three other options depending upon what equipment (or lack thereof) might hold up during dinner time. In this blog, we will discuss What Is the Best Way to Cook Corned Beef?

Corned beef is done cooking at what Temperature?

The best place to test for doneness with an instant-read thermometer is in between those two pieces of meat if you want to use one when testing for doneness. You should insert the thermometer into the thickest portion of the meat and look for a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Best Way to Cut Corned Beef

There are many different ways to cook corn beef, but the best way is always in thin slices. Slicing it against its grain will result in meat that’s tender and delicious- just like your favorite restaurant dish.

Stovetop Corned Beef with Cabbage: The Best Recipe

The most basic and classic way to cook corned beef is on the stovetop. Place your brisket in a large pot or Dutch oven with some aromatics like carrot chunks, celery stalks, and a quarter onion mixed into it for added flavor while they’re being boiled away! Covering this delicious meal will keep all of those important flavors locked inside instead of making sure that nothing leaks out through neglectful handling during transport from the kitchen.

Place the brisket in a large pot with enough water to cover it. Bring the liquid close to a simmering temperature before reducing the heat and cooking until very tender but not falling apart (about three hours). If you do not have an oven-safe turner or if your pan isn’t big enough for all of these ingredients then use two pots; one placed over another so they can share their warmth while being cooked together.

Cooking Corned Beef in the Oven

Oven-baked corned beef has many benefits because there’s no need to cook over an open flame or adjust any heat levels. Place your brisket in a large Dutch oven with water and add pickling spices, bay leaves black peppercorns whole allspice berries cloves for flavor before covering it up tight.

Then cover the Dutch oven with a lid and transfer it to an oven preheated at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Sealer your brisket back into its natural shape, then let cook until tender when you pierce through with a knife just under four hours for 3 pounds of meat.

Using The Slow Cooker to Cook Corned Beef

There’s nothing better than a dish that can be cooked slowly to achieve tender, flavorsome meat. With just one hour of hands-off time in the morning before you go off and do whatever it is people do during their daily lives while leaving this job for us chefs who love cooking up something special – Corned Beef.

Top the potatoes with a piece of corned beef brisket and add water, stock, or stout beer to the slow cooker until it just covers the meat. You’ll also want to dump in two tablespoons of pickling spice.

Making Corned Beef from Scratch

Corned beef is a popular dish during the month of March. You can purchase it from your local grocery store, but if you’re looking to make this at home with some flair then consider making Corned Beef and cabbage soup. The recipe for homemade corned beef could not be easier: just take note about what ingredients are needed before starting so there aren’t any last-minute runs out or forgotten items on hand (salt would likely need topping up).

Use the Flat Cut of Brisket

If you want to make the best and most authentic corned beef sandwich, go for a big beautiful piece that weighs several pounds. The flat cut will give your dish more flavor than just about any other kind of brisket because it has less fat content which means this leaner meat cooks up perfectly tender when slow-cooked.


Whether you’re cooking on the stovetop or in the oven, we hope that this recipe will bring your family together and fill their stomachs with delicious Irish food. And if you’re looking for another fun St. Patrick’s Day activity to do as a family, make sure to check out our other blog post about how to make Leprechaun traps! Have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks for reading our blog.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Brine Your Own Corned Beef?


There is a long and complicated process in order to cure your own brisket, but if you’re interested I’ve got an easy recipe here. It involves submerging the meat with salt water seasoned up lots of different spices for 5-7 days before cooking it off.


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