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Irish Corned Beef Recipe

Discover the rich history and delicious flavor of Irish corned beef, a traditional dish that has become a staple of St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

Irish corned beef has a rich history rooted in centuries of Irish culinary traditions, as Ireland was a major producer of salted beef.
The term “corned” beef refers to the process of curing meat with large-grained rock salt.


Irish Corned Beef Recipe

Cooking method: Boiling
Cuisine: Irish
Difficulty: beginner
Prep timeCook TimeRest TimeTotal Time
10 min 240 min 10 min 260 min
Servings: 8 person
Calories: 320kcal
Best season: all

The origins of Irish corned beef

can be traced back to centuries of Irish culinary traditions.

Irish Corned Beef Recipe
Discover the rich history and delicious flavor of Irish corned beef

In Ireland, brisket was commonly used for corned beef, which was salted and cured for several days before being boiled. It was a popular dish among the working class, who could not afford expensive cuts of meat.

In the 19th century, Irish immigrants brought their love for corned beef with them to America. However, the preferred cut of meat for corned beef in America was the tougher and less expensive plate or navel cut, similar to the brisket used in Ireland but requiring a longer cooking time to become tender.

While Irish corned beef is often associated with St. Patrick’s Day in America, it is a year-round staple in Ireland. Despite evolving over time, the dish remains an important part of Irish culinary heritage.



  1. Rinse the corned beef

    brisket thoroughly in cold water.

  2. In a large pot, place the brisket, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorns.

  3. Add enough water to cover the brisket and vegetables.

  4. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.

  5. Cover the pot and let the brisket simmer for about 3 to 4 hours or until the meat is fork-tender.

  6. Remove the corned beef from the pot and let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.

  7. Serve the corned beef with boiled potatoes, cabbage, and carrots.

    Enjoy, Good Appetite!

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