Authentic Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe - Easy Keto Dinner (2024)

Authentic Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe – An easy low carb and keto diet friendly dinner idea, especially on St. Patrick’s Day.

We’ve been living in Ireland for a couple of weeks now. I’ve been loving cooking with local ingredients and asking the advice of locals for what to cook and how to cook it. The other day I shared a recipe for the BEST Irish Scrambled Eggs and today is all about Irish Corned Beef.

While visiting a local, village butcher the other day, I noticed that they specialise in the BEST Corned Beef. So, I asked how best to cook it to experience a local, authentic classic Irish dish.

He gave me heaps of tips, which I’m sharing with you in this post. So, you get to benefit from local, Irish knowledge – without having to make a trip to the Irish countryside. (Although, I do hope that one day you get to see this magical country and meet friendly, local Irish people for yourself, if you haven’t already! )

When I make corned beef, I usually include sea or rock salt, black pepper, garlic cloves, onions and carrots in the pot. Well, my friendly butcher told me to cook the corned beef in only water. That’s all. Nothing else added.

Which makes sense, as it’s been marinated in a brine during the curing process that usually includes ingredients such as bay leaves, mustard seeds and a whole spice packet, for days, which likely includes more than enough salt than the piece of corned beef needs.

You can cook the easy corned beef recipe in a large Dutch oven on the stove top or in a crock pot or slow cooker, following your machine’s instructions.

The next genius piece of advice was about how to cook the perfect cabbage to accompany your corned beef. The secret? Cook the cabbage in the pot, in the water that you used to boil the corned beef. I know. My mind was blown too!

And, the Irish way to make truly spectacular cabbage? Add some butter too and you’ll get to enjoy buttery, flavorsome cabbage wedges. (As pictured above, cooking in the buttery, meaty beef broth goodness.)

So, the cabbage absorbs so much flavor from the meat juices, butter and cooking goodness from the corned beef, and you get to enjoy the most amazing cabbage of your life!

Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Video

Here’s the video where you can watch the one-pot meal being prepared, step by step. Hit play below or click here to watch on YouTube.

The complete meal is simple to prepare, yet tastes wholesome and homely and is the perfect warming low carb comfort food dish on a cool day. Enjoy leftover corned beef dinner in thin slices for breakfast with fried eggs or in hearty fritters.

Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

  • Corned Beef
  • Cabbage
  • Butter
  1. Remove the piece of meat from the packaging and place into a large pot on the stove top over high heat.
  2. Pour over enough water to cover the meat, and bring up to the boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat and gently simmer.
  4. Check on the corned beef from time to time, adding more water if needed, through the cooking process.
  5. Cook for 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on the size of the corned beef, until fork tender.
  6. Remove from the pot and reserve the cooking liquid.
  7. Chop the cabbage into bite sized pieces.
  8. Place into the reserved cooking liquid, along with a few generous knobs of butter.
  9. Bring up to the boil and simmer until cooked to your liking.
  10. Slice the corned beef up and serve the delicious meal with the cooked cabbage.

This really is a life changing way to enjoy corned beef and I can’t wait to go back to the butcher, thank him for the great recipe, and get another piece of corned beef to make the classic recipe again.

If you’re following a low carb diet, then corned beef and cabbage is perfect enjoyed as an entire meal it’s own. If not, then feel free to serve with a slice of traditional Irish Soda Bread and a creamy horseradish sauce for an authentic Irish experience that the whole family will enjoy.

More St. Patrick’s Day Recipes:

10 Irish Breakfast Recipes

Baked Cauliflower Mash

Irish Lamb Stew Recipe

Low Carb St Patrick’s Day Recipes

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