Cast Iron Corned Beef

03 3 2010

With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner we thought we would share a few recipes focusing on the “Luck of the Irish!”
Corned Beef Cooked in Cast Iron

Here is a recipe for corned beef and cabbage  that can be made in a cast iron pot and will come out tasting wonderfully. Because cast iron heats evenly you should cook your corned beef slowly over medium to high- medium heat. You will not need a high cooking temperature for this recipe and you should look at your “boil for hours” recipe as more of a “simmer for hours” recipe.

Corned Beef and Cabbage
Serves: 6


  • 2-3 pound corned beef brisket
  • 1 12 ounce bottle of lager beer or water to cover.
  • 2 medium yellow onions, peeled and quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • 1 pound small red skinned potatoes, scrubbed but unpeeled,
  • ½ pound carrots, peeled, cut into 1 inch lengths
  • ½ pound parsnips, peeled, cut into 1 inch lengths
  • 1 small (2 pound) head green cabbage, cut into 6 wedgesNote: If there is no spice packet substitute:
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 crumbled bay leaf


1. Rinse the meat under cool running tap water – and leave the fat on!
2. In a cast iron pot place the meat and add the beer and/or just enough water to cover it.
3. Add the onions, garlic and spices spices
4. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook the meat for 4-5 hours or until tender.
5. When the meat is tender, transfer it to a large serving bowl. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the onions to the same bowl and cover to keep warm.
6. Place the carrots, parsnips and potatoes in the cooking liquid in the pot
7. Place the cabbage wedges on top, trying to submerge them in as much broth as possible.
8. Bring pot back to a simmer and cook about 15 minutes.
9. Return corned beef and onions to pot and simmer an additional 15 minutes.
10. Slice the hot corned beef sliced across the grain with the vegetables on the side.
11. Serve with grainy mustard and horseradish sauce.

And with that – we wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Have a recipe that you love? Then feel free to share it with our readers!

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