Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Corned Beef and Cabbage with spoon and fork on the side
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The history of Corned Beef and Cabbage is truly a working-class dish and is used as an affordable option for meat. Corned beef or salt beef is salt-cured beef brisket and gets its name from the ‘corns’ of salt used to brine the heart and other spices. This salt brining process is an old preservation technique used worldwide and still today. The meat is marinated in the brine liquid before it is cooked, sliced, and eaten alongside cabbage or a sandwich. The canned corned beef we know today came during the industrial revolution and used the less desirable parts of the cow, which were then minced and canned for an even longer shelf life. The canning process brought Corned Beef to the Caribbean as an affordable working-class option for meat.

What to serve with corned beef and cabbage?

Caribbean people would mix it with leftovers to create a quick and easy meal to feed the whole family. You can serve corned beef and cabbage with cooked rice, potatoes, bread, or crackers.

Today, Corned Beef and Cabbage is a portion of simple comfort food many people have fond childhood memories of eating. So the next time you are in the mood for a quick and easy comforting meal, try this Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe with the Caribbean twist.

Author: Rachel Ottier-Hart
Average: 4.3 (8 votes)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
4 persons


Optional Ingredients


Using a deep frying pan, add the cooking oil and place it on medium to high heat.
Once the oil is hot, add the onion and cook for 3-5 minutes or until translucent stirring with a wooden spoon.
Add the garlic, seasoning peppers, tomato, green seasoning, and cabbage mixing to combine and cook for 5 minutes.
Add the corned beef, mix to combine, and cook for 5-10 minutes or until fully cooked.
Season with salt and black pepper to taste and add water to prevent the mixture from sticking to the pan and burning.
You can add the optional ingredients to spice up the dish, and the ketchup will add some consistency to the sauce.
Remove from the heat and serve warm over cooked rice, potatoes, bread, or crackers and enjoy. Try another related cabbage recipe like this How to make Jamaican Steamed Cabbage.

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