Classic Corned Beef

Everyone needs to have a recipe for Classic Corned Beef in their recipe collection.  This corned beef recipe is simple enough to make for a weeknight dinner.  Serve with mustard, pickles and good bread!

sliced corned beef

This is such an easy recipe, and it’s delicious too. For a variation, add 1 bottle of Harp or Guinness to the pot to add just a little extra flavor. You can also use the spice packet that comes with the corned beef instead of the spices in the recipe. If you’d prefer to cook it in the slow cooker, let it cook for 4 hours on low.

You also might enjoy my Irish Corned Beef Cabbage and Carrots recipe!

Classic Corned Beef

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes


  • 3 to 5 pounds corned beef
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 10 whole peppercorns
  • 5 whole allspice berries (or two pinches of ground allspice)
  • 1 whole onion


  1. Put the corned beef in a large, heavy pot and cover with water (you can use a crock pot if you'd like). Add all the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and skim all the foam that rises to the surface.
  2. Lower the heat so that the water bubbles occasionally rather than constantly. Cook, turning every 30 minutes or so, for about 2 hours. Pierce with a thin-bladed knife, such as a boning knife; the meat will probably still be fairly tough, but it's time to begin checking.
  3. Check every 15 minutes or so; when the corned beef allows the knife to pass into the middle without much resistance, it is ready. Drain; if you like, put the meat into a 300°F. oven for 10 minutes to dry out the exterior a little. (Or wrap it carefully in tin foil and refrigerate for up to 2 days; reheat at 300°F for 30 minutes in the foil; unwrap and heat about 15 minutes more.)
  4. Slice (across the grain, as you would brisket), and serve.
SOURCE: (via How to Cook Everything)