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This crockpot corned beef and cabbage is the perfect dish for St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s festive, delicious, and so easy to make!  Just add all of the ingredients to your crockpot and dinner is done.

Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage

I embarrassed to admit this, but this was the very first time that I tried corned beef.  I married an Irish man 10 years ago, but never attempted the recipe or went anywhere that served it.  As soon as corned beef because available in our grocery store this year, I knew that had to change.  Thank goodness, because it’s delicious!

What’s so great about this recipe?

  1. The honey.  It makes the veggies sweet and balances that apple cider vinegar perfectly.  Yum.  Just, yum.
  2. The seasonings.  I used the seasoning packet that came with the corned beef roast as well as some Dijon mustard, pepper, and caraway seeds.  The whole dish was super flavorful.
  3. The fact that it’s a one-pot meal with meat, vegetables, and potatoes.  Perfection.

If you’re a corned beef newbie (like me), let me tell you that it’s not as scary as it looks.  It’s basically a salt-cured meat, like ham (but ham is made with pork).  I actually liked the corned beef more than ham because it cooked down in the crockpot and shredded.  YUM.

Crockpot Corned Beef and CabbageCrockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Yields: 8 servings* (You will need a large crockpot, 6 quarts or bigger)


  • 3-pound boneless corned beef brisket
  • Seasoning packet that comes with the corned beef
  • 3-pound head of cabbage, cored and roughly chopped
  • 4 red potatoes, cut into four’s
  • 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and chopped (frozen sliced carrots are also good)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds


  • Combine all ingredients in crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours or until meat is tender.

To Freeze and Cook Later

Label a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and use-by date (three months from when you prepped the meal).  To your freezer bag, add all ingredients.  Remove as much air as possible, seal, and freeze for up to three months.  When ready to cook, thaw in refrigerator overnight or in morning in water and then cook for 8 hours on low.

*This is a large recipe, so I recommend splitting in half if you have a small crockpot.  You will also probably need to split into two freezer bags to freeze.

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Bia Abreu
Bia Abreu
7 years ago

Hi! I’ve tried several of your recipes and I’ve loved them all!
Question: should I add any water to the corned beef?

Bia Abreu
Bia Abreu
7 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Great, thanks!

7 years ago

I loved this last batch of recipes that included the shopping list. I shopped and made all of the meals on a Monday, put them in the freezer and then lost power for 5 days on Wednesday. My husband gave me a hard time because he said I was more concerned about finding a freezer for my meals than a warm place to stay for my family! Luckily, both family and crock pot meals survived! I had the same question about adding water or broth to the corned beef. Glad I was able to find the answer so easily. Thank… Read more »

7 years ago

I made this plus several of your other freezer meals when I was preparing for knee surgery to ease the cooking burden off of my husband while I am on crutches. Every one of your recipes we have tried so far have been delicious. We made this one for dinner tonight and it was so good! My husband said it was the best corned beef he has ever had. I had everything prepped in the freezer bag but the potatoes since the bag was pretty full. He just cut them up this morning in about 2 or 3 minutes and… Read more »

6 years ago

I am about to have surgery and will be on crutches too. I just found your website. Everything looks so good. I can’t wait to try this. I am on Whole30/Paleo. I love that you have so many freezer options that I can use to prepare for this upcoming month.

Toni Tetreau
Toni Tetreau
6 years ago

Have always done my corned beef in the oven, but I am excited to try it in the crock this year. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I love my freezer cookbook I bought from you. We are enjoying your wonderful recipes and I love that they are simple, healthy and delicious!