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Coconut Milk Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
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Coconut Milk Corned Beef and Cabbage
See how to make corned beef, Thai-style, with coconut milk and curry paste. See more
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Coconut Milk Corned Beef and Cabbage

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"I was craving corned beef and cabbage recently, but the thought of doing the same old New England boiled dinner had me yawning. I tried to think of some new, interesting braising liquid, and that's when I remembered I've never had something stewed in coconut milk that I didn't like. The coconut milk gave the broth a subtle sweetness and richness that I was really happy with."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs 45 mins

    4 hrs


  1. Place brisket, fat-side up, in the bottom of a Dutch oven. Stir in water, coconut milk, tomato paste, fish sauce, red curry paste, coriander, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and skim off any foam that accumulates.
  2. Stir in onion, celery, and carrots. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 3 hours, turning once.
  3. Stir in potatoes and cabbage; cook until potatoes are tender and cabbage is soft and sweet, about 35 minutes. Transfer beef to a plate; thinly slice across the grain. Ladle potato cabbage mixture into bowls and top with sliced beef.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 17, 2012

This was awesome! It is definitely not the norm for this dish but was very good. I cooked it in a crockpot for 6 hours and cutting it was like butter! Serve with white rice with the sauce over the top for more of an oriental flair.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 09, 2015

I used beef roast instead. I threw this all in the crockpot. I couldn't taste the thai flavors. It's meat, vegetable and juice.. Maybe if I cooked it outside the crockpot then it would have been better. It was still good but not "out of this world full of flavor"


19 Ratings

Jun 03, 2012

i made this tonight for dinner. it was delicious. it reminds of of thai coconut milk soup the way it turned out...delicious

Mar 17, 2013

My wife is from Thailand so we know the flavors. We were mixed as to whether to even try this because I didn't want to waste a corned beef if the flavors were too "conflicted". On the other hand, the "same old" corn beef and cabbage IS kind of boring. WOW was this good. The ammounts of coconut milk and curry paste were just enough to "hint" at the changed recipe and there was a richness in the broth that we both loved. Only change I made was to use a crock pot instead of a dutch oven. Now my wife and I are talking about whether to "push" the coconut milk and curry to make them a little more prominent. We LOVED this as written and I recommend this as a change. It is NOT radical nor conflicted at the table. thanks rc

Mar 15, 2014

Made it twice now... Both times in slow cooker on low for 12+ hours added cabbage in last 2-3 hours. (5-7 lbs meat, be careful with larger size meats, barely fit in crockpot and had to adjust potatoes quantity to fit!) Second time around 10x the curry paste and increased the ratio of cocoanut milk to water. Fantastic as written, but even further enjoyed the additional flavor/heat second time around, reminded of great curry dishes in Singapore. Plated it for St Patrick's party guests with jasmine rice and touch of fresh cilantro on top!

Mar 27, 2013

My husband and I really enjoyed this, but honestly the coconut and curry paste flavors didn't come through as much as I was hoping, my husband didn't realize this was supposed to have a Thai influence at all until I told him what I'd used. I will most likely make this again but up the seasonings.

Oct 17, 2012

Chef John ... You knocked this one out of the park. I love Thai and as much as I enjoy corned beef, it's always reserved for St. Pat's and the occasional sandwich. I am amazed how well this works. Thanks!

Feb 11, 2014

Thanks to the wonderful participants in the reviews, I started to cook in a crockpot with double the ingredients as suggested. Even after doubling the red curry paste, I still could not get the essence of the curry to come through. I tripled the suggested amount to 6 tsps, added another can of coconut milk, and another tablespoon of fish sauce, trying to create a creamier balance. Threw in carrots, celery and onion, but held the potatoes until the end, cutting into bite size pieces and boiled them 20 minutes in the broth after corned beef was done. Yummy. At the same time I cooked a Guinness Corn Beef in another crock pot. 10 hours later, there was not much difference in flavor of the beefs. The texture was very moist on the Coconut Curry one. Amazingly moist compared to the beer broth beef with less pronounce grain, and hints of the curry linger in the taste buds. Both fell apart and were consumed without a scrap left. I cook twice a day for 15 office employees. Will not be afraid of that curry next time! and will try to make a gravy with that broth next time, using a heavy cream and yogurt base. Thanks Chef John! Awesome!


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  • Calories
  • 754 kcal
  • 38%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 124 mg
  • 41%
  • Fat
  • 57.1 g
  • 88%
  • Fiber
  • 5.7 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 35.9 g
  • 72%
  • Sodium
  • 377 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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