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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

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Break out the slow cooker for another easy recipe. Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage is a St. Patrick’s Day classic, and it is made perfectly right in the slow cooker.

sliced corned beef with cabbage and potatoes placed around it

Cooking corned beef in the slow cooker guarantees the most tender and flavorful corned beef for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations or just a delicious weeknight family meal.

This slow cooker meal is easy to prepare in the morning and set in the slow cooker to cook all day. Adding the potatoes, carrots, and cabbage later to finish cooking makes this a perfect one-pot meal with minimal ingredients, but maximum satisfaction.


It is easy to make corned beef and cabbage in a slow cooker with just a few ingredients. For the complete recipe measurements, head to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here is what you will need to make this corned beef recipe:

  • Corned Beef: is salt-cured brisket that can be bought as either the point or the flat. The flat is usually thinner and more uniform in shape, whereas the point will be thicker and have more marbling.
  • Onion: yellow or white onions are great for this recipe. The onion will cook along with the corned beef all day to add more flavor.
  • Garlic: fresh is best if you have it.
  • Potatoes: small red or golden potatoes or, Russet’s can be used, just cut them into quarters before adding them into the pot.
  • Carrots: peel and slice into thirds
  • Cabbage: green cabbage is traditionally used in this recipe
  • Beef Broth: liquid used to help make the beef tender while cooking
  • Spices: don’t throw away the spice packet that comes with the corned beef, it is perfect to use.
uncooked corned beef in a slow cooker with sliced onions and beef broth around it

How to Cook Corned Beef in the Slow Cooker

There are just a few steps you need to be aware of when making corned beef in a slow cooker. Let’s walk through how to cook corned beef in the slow cooker.

  1. Prepare the Corned Beef: Remove the corned beef from the packaging, keeping the seasoning packet. I like to pat the corned beef dry with paper towels before placing it in the slow cooker.
  2. Set up the Slow Cooker: slice the onion into quarters, mince the garlic, and place around the corned beef. Pour in the beef broth so that it is at least halfway up the corned beef brisket in the slow cooker. Then, add in the seasoning packet, just sprinkle it over the corned beef.
  3. Cook the Corned Beef: Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 8-10 hours
  4. Add in the Vegetables: when there is just 3 hours left in the cooking time, place the potatoes and sliced carrots around the corned beef.
  5. Add the Cabbage: Slice one head of cabbage in half and then slice that half into about 2-inch pieces. Spread the cabbage around the corned beef and potatoes in the slow cooker and cook for an additional 30 minutes to one hour.
  6. Rest Before Slicing: allow the brisket to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.
sliced corned beef on a white platter with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage

What to Serve with Corned Beef and Cabbage

While this can be served as a complete meal on its own, we also love any of the following alongside corned beef:

  • Dutch Oven Bread: This crusty bread is easy to make and goes perfectly with this recipe
  • Garlic Butter Broccoli: an easy vegetable side dish that my whole fam loves
  • Fruit Salad: all the colors in this fruit salad with a ginger-orange dressing is just what this corned beef needs.
  • Zesty Gold Sauce: this tangy sauce is so good for dipping corned beef or use it to make a tasty sandwich.
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sliced corned beef sliced on a platter with potatoes, carrots and cabbage
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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Break out the slow cooker for another easy recipe. Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage is a St. Patrick's Day classic, and it is made perfectly right in the slow cooker.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 410kcal


  • 3-5 pound corned beef brisket with seasonings
  • 1 yellow onion sliced into quarters
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 pound small red or golden potatoes
  • 2 cups carrots peeled and cut into thirds
  • 1/2 head green cabbage cut into 2 inch pieces


  • Pat the corned beef dry with paper towels.
  • Into the pot of a slow cooker place the corned beef, seasoning packet, garlic and sliced onions.
  • Pour over beef broth.
  • Cook low 8-10 hours.
  • Three hours prior to serving, add the potatoes and carrots.
  • Clean and slice the cabbage and add 30 minutes to one hour before serving.
  • Take the corned beef out of the slow cooker and allow to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing.


  • Nutrition facts are just an estimate and are provided as a courtesy


Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 2113mg | Potassium: 984mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5406IU | Vitamin C: 75mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Beef
Cuisine: Beef Recipes, Dinner, Slow Cooker
Keyword: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
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