How to Cook Corned Beef {4 Ways}

by Christina Cherrier – Mar 13, 2023
How to Cook Corned Beef {4 Ways}
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Corned beef is a classic dish that can be enjoyed year-round. Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner or a special occasion meal, corned beef is a fantastic dish that can be prepared in numerous ways. To help get you started in the kitchen, here are some simple tips on how to cook corned beef to perfection.

How to make corned beef in a slow cooker

1. Place a large onion, quartered, into the bottom of the slow cooker.

2. Add 1 cup of water.

3. Place the corned beef brisket on top of the onion in the slow cooker.

4. Sprinkle the corned beef with the seasoning packet that comes with the brisket, or use your favorite seasoning blend.

5. Cover the slow cooker and cook the brisket on low for 8–10 hours or on high for 4–5 hours.

6. Remove the brisket from the slow cooker and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing against the grain and serving.

How to cook corned beef in an Instant Pot

1. Place the trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot.

2. Place the corned beef on top of the trivet.

3. Add enough water to cover the beef.

4. Close the lid and set the valve to the sealed position.

5. Choose the Manual/Pressure Cook setting, and set the timer for 90 minutes.

6. When the timer goes off, release the pressure and open the lid.

7. Remove the corned beef from the pot and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing or shredding. Enjoy!

How to make boiled corned beef

1. Begin by placing the corned beef in a large pot and pouring enough cold water to cover the beef completely.

2. Add the pickling spice packet that may have come with the corned beef, if desired.

3. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 2 1/2 hours or until the corned beef is tender.

4. Add potatoes, carrots, onions and cabbage, if desired. Simmer for an additional 30 minutes or until vegetables are cooked through.

5. Remove the pot from the heat and let the corned beef sit in the hot liquid for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a cutting board to carve.

How to make oven-braised corned beef

1. Place the corned beef in a large roasting pan.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together minced onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, mustard, brown sugar, cider vinegar, caraway seeds, thyme, pepper, and bay leaf.

3. Pour the mixture over the corned beef and spread evenly.

4. Cover the roasting pan with foil and bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until the corned beef is very tender.

5. Remove the foil for the last 30 minutes of cooking, to allow the sauce to thicken and caramelize.

6. Allow the corned beef to rest before slicing and serving.

Secrets to Cook Corned Beef

  • Choose the Right Cut: Look for a piece of corned beef with even marbling and firm texture. Brisket is the classic cut for corning, but a point cut or flat cut are also good options.
  • Brine Before Cooking: Make sure to soak your corned beef in cold water for at least 8 hours to draw out the salt and make it more tender.
  • Simmer Low and Slow: Boiling your corned beef quickly will result in a tough, chewy texture. Simmer it low and slow to get a tender, juicy meat.
  • Don’t Overcook: The key to juicy, flavorful corned beef is to cook it just until it reaches an internal temperature of 135–145°F.
  • Let It Rest: Before serving, let your corned beef rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving to let the juices redistribute.
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