Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe for Saint Patrick's Day (2024)

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There is nothing more traditional for Saint Patrick's Day than a corned beef and cabbage recipe. Our corned beef and cabbage recipe is a simple recipe that requires little to no experience in the kitchen. It'll make your Irish descendants proud!

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St. Patrick's Day is just about right around the corner, which seems odd this year considering we are still covered in snow. I usually always associate St. Patrick's Day with the very early signs of green. Not necessarily Spring, but with a little bit of green starting to come into the grass in NY. I doubt very much that I'll be seeing that this year though. I plan on making my own green though. This Irish girl loves her Kelly green and I have my girls as well as my husband wear their green proudly ever year. I have quite a few traditions that I've created with my girls for St. Patrick's day. Our favorite by far is our Leprechaun's Mischief, which you have to read. Another tradition is our flavorful Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe, which I recently perfected on a tip from a lady at the grocery store.

As a child I was never a very big fan of Corned Beef and Cabbage. I can remember my brother wolfing down piece after piece of the corned beef, but it wasn't enticing to me. The cabbage was even worse. I think it was more the texture for me than anything else. My taste buds have definitely changed, but I've also tweaked our traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe to include a bottle of beer. A lady saw me trying to decide on the cut of corned beef and took it upon herself to tell me that it was absolutely necessary to add a bottle of beer when I boiled my corned beef. Some people might have been taken aback by her forward nature, but I gladly accepted tips about food. Since I was such a late bloomer to cooking, I'm always intrigued by what others have learned in their long history of cooking.

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I am so glad that she did stop me because it definitely added a little extra flavor to the entire meal. I used a flat cut corned beef, which was what the butcher suggested. I later found out that my mom usually buys a round cut, which has more fat on the beef adding to the flavor.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Tips

  • Add a bottle of beer to the water while boiling the corned beef and cabbage.
  • A round cut of corned beef has more fat and more flavor, while a flat cut of corned beef has much less fat.
  • Slice across the grain of the corned beef so that the pieces of corned beef are chewable.
  • Boil the corned beef for 50 minutes per each pound.
  • Wait to add the corned beef, red potatoes and carrots in the last thirty minutes.

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Our corned beef was extremely flavorful and I'm not usually a fan of fatty pieces of meat so I most likely would still stick with the flat cut. The process though for both pieces of meat will be exactly the same. Just be sure to slice across the grain of the meat. Otherwise, you'll end up with meat that is not chewable.

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe for Saint Patrick's Day

A flavorful and easy corned beef and cabbage recipe that requires minimal ingredients.

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

A tender and tasty Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

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Course: Main Course

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours hours

Total Time: 2 hours hours 10 minutes minutes


  • 2.4 lb corned beef flat cut
  • 4 cup water
  • 12 oz beer
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • ½ lb red potatoes quartered


  • Boil the corned beef in the spices (that come with the corned beef) with the beer and water for 50 minutes per pound.

  • In the last 30 minutes of cooking add in the cabbage, carrots and red potatoes.

  • The corned beef should be 145 F in the center and you want the cabbage, carrots and potatoes soft.

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Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe for Saint Patrick's Day (2024)


What is the perfect St. Patrick's Day dinner? ›

That might mean corned beef and cabbage, the standout dish stateside, or a lamb or beef stew—the entrées those in the Emerald Isle are most likely to eat on March 17. Perhaps you'd prefer bangers and mash or a Guinness pie packed with beef?

What do the Irish eat on St Paddy's Day? ›

Spring lamb comes into season around St. Patrick's Day, and roasts, such as a leg of lamb with rosemary, are popular. Pies are, too, such as fish pies (made with cod or haddock), shepherd's pie (ground lamb with a potato crust), or Guinness and Beef Pie, which is one of McKenna's favorites.

What is a traditional St Patrick's Day menu? ›

The most popular St.

Corned beef and cabbage. Authentic shepherd's pie. Colcannon, which is essentially mashed potatoes with diced veggies. Irish potato pancakes, or “boxty” as the Irish call it.

What is a typical St Patrick's Day menu? ›

After corned beef and cabbage, one of the more popular traditional St. Patrick's Day food items is shepherd's pie. Minced lamb and mashed potatoes baked to perfection is the perfect entree food for those who aren't in the mood for beef.

Do Irish eat corned beef and cabbage? ›

Corned beef and cabbage is not the national dish of Ireland. You would not eat this dish on St. Patrick's Day in Dublin. It is usually only eaten around the religious holiday in the US.

What is the traditional vegetable for St. Patrick's Day? ›

Throughout history, plentiful and nutrient-rich cabbage has been a mainstay in Ireland. Ina Garten's Sauteed Cabbage celebrates this sturdy vegetable, by sauteing it simply with butter, salt and pepper. Get more ways to ring in St. Patrick's Day right here.

Why is a reuben considered Irish? ›

While the Reuben sandwich itself doesn't have Irish roots (it was thought to be created in Omaha, Nebraska mid-poker game) the meat inside it – corned beef, does. Well, it kind of does. The Irish-corned beef relationship is considered to be much more Irish-American than it is purely Irish.

Is there a special meal for St. Patrick's Day? ›

The Americans particularly those that think of themselves as Irish-Americans eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's day, a tradition that does not exist in Ireland. The Irish might have a nice Ulster Fry, Soda Bread, Scones or an Irish Stew with Colcannon.

What meat is popular for St. Patrick's Day? ›

The traditions of St. Patrick's Day in America are well known. We wear green, attend parades, and eat corned beef and cabbage.

What is the most consumed beverage on St. Patrick's Day? ›

A Toast to Tradition: Beer Reigns Supreme

Patrick's Day. Over one-third (36%) of celebrators raised a glass in honor of the holiday, with beer emerging as the beverage of choice for 70% of those who purchased alcohol. Spirits and wine followed closely behind, with 34% and 29% of celebrators indulging.

What do you wear to St. Patrick's Day dinner? ›

Even a little green will get you into the spirit and make the day more fun. So here's a simple outfit recipe that's easy to pull off. Just add a cute green top or sweater to a pair or black or white pants or jeans. Keep your accessories neutral, so the spotlight stays firmly on the 'wearing of the green.

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