Irish Boiled Dinner (Corned Beef) Recipe -
Irish Boiled Dinner (Corned Beef) Recipe
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Irish Boiled Dinner (Corned Beef)

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"Mouth watering tender corned beef with corned beef flavored potatoes, cabbage, and carrots. This is my great grandmothers recipe from Ireland. This was served with both Irish soda bread and corn bread at our house."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr
  • COOK

    5 hrs

    6 hrs


  1. Rinse the beef brisket under cold water, and place in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the roast by 6 inches. Peel the onions, and place them in the pot with the roast. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 30 minutes at a rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium-low so that the water is at a gentle boil, cover, and cook for 3 1/2 hours.
  2. Remove the lid from the brisket. Remove onions, and cut into wedges. Return them to the pot. Add carrots to the pot, then place the cabbage over the roast. Place the potatoes on top of the cabbage. Place the lid back on the pot, and cook for another 30 minutes, until potatoes are tender. The potatoes should be immersed in the water by now, but if not, keep the lid on so they can steam.
  3. Remove the vegetables from the pot, and place in a separate serving bowl. Keep the corned beef in the pot until ready to slice and serve because it dries out quickly.
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  • Tip
  • With the leftovers you can reduce the broth and dice up leftover beef and vegetables and have corned beef soup another day in the week.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 20, 2007

A very good starter recipe. Without adding extra spices, this comes out kind of bland. I added garlic, peppercorn and it turned out great: the meat was very tender and the veggies came out perfectly cooked as well. I'll be making this again soon.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 16, 2011

I found the cooking time to be too much. Everything was overdone......

Jul 01, 2008

This was great! I made it even more special by adding the peppercorn spice packet that was packaged with the brisket I used (actually, I think it would have been very bland without it). My brisket was only 3 lbs., so I cooked it only 3 hours. You will know it's ready when you insert a fork, the meat comes up easily. I used fewer ingredients (added the last 20-30 minutes of cooking): 1 onion, about 15 baby carrots, 10 new potatoes (cut in wedges), and only 1 head of cabbage. I served it with 'Irresistible Irish Soda Bread' from this site. The 2nd time I made this, I used a slow cooker. Put the meat, seasoning packet on top of it, onion wedges, and poured in 1/2 cup water. Cooked on low for 6 hours. Took the meat out (leaving the onions and broth), added the potatoes (cut in wedges), then carrots, then cabbage, and cooked on high for 3 hours. Perfect! Wow, what a great Irish meal! Thanks for the recipe!

May 01, 2005

This recipe is excellent. I got a "corned beef" brisket, only difference that it came with a seasoning packet you add to the boiling water. Follow this recipe's cooking time is key to a very tender meat! It was cold and rainy out, I made some cornbread to go with it! A smashing success!!!

Aug 05, 2008

My family actually enjoyed my yearly St. Patty's day corned beef dinner this year! They even asked for seconds. I'm keeping this recipe for sure. I did make two tiny changes to this recipe - I added the seasoning packet as other users have done and I also poured a bottle of beer over the roast before adding the water to cover. Yum, Yum, Yum! I could eat this every week! (post note on Aug. 5, 2008 - I have made this 3 more times since March! My family actually requests this!)

Mar 17, 2005

This brings back good memories of childhood. I cooked this the day before I was going to eat it. When I put the meat into a storage container, I ladeled about an inch of cooking liquid into the container, to keep the meat moist, which worked beautifully. I had a smaller piece of corned beef, so I decreased the cooking time some, and only used 1 head of cabbage. Based on the way everything cooked I would put the potatoes under the cabbage. Then they, too, would have that wonderful corned beef flavor. I was feeling sort of homesick for this dinner, so I am grateful to have found the recipe.

Apr 04, 2007

This is the best corned beef recipe! It's so simple and good. My husband is always ready to eat this corned beef. I serve it with a horseradish cream sauce: 1/2 Sour cream, 1/2 mayo, 2 tablespoons horseradish sauce and 1 tablespoon dried parsley. Combine ingredients and let flavors blend in the refrigerator.

Mar 05, 2008

I have been making corned beef dinners this way for years! I always use the seasoning packet that comes with the beef, use the broth over the vegetables, and sprinkle a little malt vinegar over them. A side of horseradish or mustard for dipping the meat goes well also!


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  • Calories
  • 918 kcal
  • 46%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 106.6 g
  • 34%
  • Cholesterol
  • 179 mg
  • 60%
  • Fat
  • 35.7 g
  • 55%
  • Fiber
  • 24.2 g
  • 97%
  • Protein
  • 47 g
  • 94%
  • Sodium
  • 2248 mg
  • 90%

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

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