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Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

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  • Servings: 6
Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Source: Everyday Food, March 2012


  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 3 carrots, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion, cut into 1-inch wedges (root end left intact)
  • 1/2 pound small potatoes, halved if large
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 1 corned beef brisket (about 3 pounds), plus pickling spice packet or 1 tablespoon pickling spice
  • 1/2 head Savoy cabbage, cut into 1 1/2-inch wedges
  • Grainy mustard, for serving


  1. In a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker, place celery, carrots, onion, potatoes, and thyme. Place corned beef, fat side up, on top of vegetables and sprinkle with pickling spice; add enough water to almost cover meat (4 to 6 cups). Cover and cook on high until corned beef is tender, 4 1/4 hours (or 8 1/2 hours on low). Arrange cabbage over corned beef, cover, and continue cooking until cabbage is tender, 45 minutes (or 1 1/2 hours on low). Thinly slice corned beef against the grain and serve with vegetables, cooking liquid, and grainy mustard.

Reviews (19)

  • bgrimma 23 Mar, 2015

    The written directions are the TOTAL opposite from the video. I followed the written directions but wish I had seen the video first. I think I would have followed those instructions. I would expect someone somewhere
    in Martha's operation would "proof read" what is put on the website.

  • tazcooks 17 Mar, 2015

    Haven't tried it yet, as it is still cooking. But the video and recipe don't match. recipe calls for veg in first and meat fat side up. video meat in first fat side down. and the link on how to slice corn beef just takes you to the recipe again.

  • joysong92 17 Mar, 2015

    Question: Would doubling this recipe require any changes in cooking time?

  • FinolaK 15 Mar, 2015

    This was very tasty but took way longer than 4.5 hours in the slow cooker, even on high. It took another two hours boiling the meat on the stove before it was edible.

  • FreddieCh 15 Mar, 2015

    We made this yesterday (by we I mean my husband). Truly the best boiled dinner we've had in 45 years. We used an average-quality brisket (store brand) and regular cabbage (on sale) and the meat was very tender and yummy. In fact, everything was extremely tender. Make sure you use the flavor packet that comes with the corned beef and the fresh thyme.

  • psychoangel72 14 Mar, 2015

    important question~ if I'm cooking on low (well either way I guess), it says to cook the beef & veggies for 8 1/2 hours then add the cabbage for 1 1/2 hours... so would it be a total of 10 hours or do I tack the 90 mins for the cabbage on to the end of the 8 1/2 hours for the beef? Don't want to be screwing up the corned beef! :)

  • da-wil 17 Mar, 2015

    in my experience you would add the cabbage in at around hour 7 if your cooking on low for the 8.5 hour.

  • K8fearsnoart 13 Mar, 2015

    Actually eating this right now, as is my husband, and we love it! I think that next time, I'll put the cabbage in a little longer, but otherwise, it's perfect...and easy enough to instruct my husband on how to do it. Thanks, Martha Stewart!

  • smseaston 12 Mar, 2015

    I have cooked corned beef in the slow cooker using very little liquid (1/2 cup). 6 hours on high, but this depends on the size of your roast. It turns out great and has excellent flavor.

  • CTZee 11 Mar, 2015

    It's a little misleading to claim that this recipe saves on prep work. It's the exact same as with any traditional boiled dinner, only by using the slow cooker it takes twice as long to cook as when done on the stovetop. The only real benefit would appear to be the opportunity to leave the house with dinner cooking.

  • Boneswife 18 Mar, 2014

    I think this recipe depends on the type of beef you use. I bought a high quality corned beef already marinating in the spices. Turned out awesome! I cooked my potatoes separate and did not add the cabbage. Also, so important to cut against the grain. I cooked mine only 6 hours on low.

  • JLo33 18 Mar, 2014

    The recipe was easy and it smelled great while it was cooking....and like the previous review, that's where my compliments stop. My mom usually makes our St. Patrick's day meal, but it was a busy day for us so I decided to try it & use this crock pot recipe so nobody had to be home standing over the stove or oven all day. This meal went on our plates then right in the trash! No flavor at all and I even added extra thyme and garlic salt. The meat was a little tough and just plain! Disappointed!

  • janschix 11 Mar, 2015

    It's so hard for me to imagine anyone throwing an Irish meal like this into the trash. This is essentially a "boiled" meal. You add horseradish and other things to bring out the flavor. It's not exactly rocket science. It's a yummy special day dinner, and I love that it can be prepared in the crock pot.

  • avmy 16 Mar, 2014

    Just made this. Great recipe. Beef was extremely tender. Vegetables had good flavor. Easy prep.

  • Sweekenn94 16 Mar, 2014

    This is my go to recipe for corned beef on St. Patrick's Day. It is my third year using it and the result is always the same...delicious!

  • Rhodewl 16 Mar, 2014

    I followed this recipe with the exception of adding some fresh garlic and cooked it in my crockpot for 8 hours on low. Our house smelled wonderful all day. That is where my complements stop! This was terrible, there was no flavor in this dish. In the 8 years that my husband and I have been together, this is the first dinner that went in the trash! I am extremely disappointed!!!

  • DOC-13 16 Feb, 2014

    It was very good considering three things. The corned beef didn't come with the spice packet. I used herbs, as specified in recipe, and added dill weed (good 4 your health). I didn't have celery on hand, so I substituted celery salt.
    (I forgot the water but, it made its own juices and it was tasty! A little salty but, edible). I will definitely have it for "Saint Patrick's Day" and add water next time. 2 important steps to do B-4 recipe. Please remind us to "wash hands" and "vegetables" .

  • Kathryn Womack 15 Mar, 2013

    OH MY I love this dish last year I made it for patties day and everyone loved it and it was so simple went online to find it again. A must for St. Patties day!!!!

  • Lynn Sterling 14 Mar, 2013


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