I have spent the last few years learning how to make the perfect Corned Beef recipe in order to impress the Irish family that I married into! And I think I’ve finally mastered the art of corned beef. I originally used to cook the corned beef and vegetables in the slow cooker but once I tried the oven-baked method, I found it to be preferable. This Oven-Baked Corned Beef comes out just as tender and flavorful with a much shorter cook time.
A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT CORNED BEEF
Although Corned Beef and Cabbage is typically eaten as a tradition on Saint Patrick’s Day here in America, did you know that is NOT actually the case in Ireland? So why do people in North America seem to relate corned beef to the Irish holiday? When the Irish first immigrated to America, they couldn’t afford the high prices of certain meats such as bacon (which is what they were used to eating back in Ireland on Saint Patrick’s Day).
So, they searched for a cut of meat that was just as flavorful but with a lower price tag. That’s where the corned beef came into play. Since corned beef is brined with large crystals of salt (the size of “corn” kernels) it preserves a savory, salty flavor once it’s cooked to tender perfection.
TIPS FOR OVEN-BAKED CORNED BEEF
When baking the corned beef in the oven, I still like to pour beef broth into the baking dish. It’s not completely necessary and you can definitely choose to skip it, but I have found that the beef broth is the trick to ensuring the brisket stays juicy and tender. It also helps cook the vegetables faster during that last hour of baking.
STEPS FOR BAKING THE CORNED BEEF
For me, baking the corned beef in the oven always reminds me of baking a ham. The steps are very similar:
- Place the brisket fat side up in the middle of the dish.
- Rub your “glaze” on the brisket. Which in the corned beef’s case it would be the whole grain mustard and the seasoning packet that comes with the brisket.
- Cover tightly with foil.
- Bake 1 hour per pound. I had a 3-pound brisket so I baked it for a total of 3 hours
The first two hours of baking will include the corned beef brisket with its juices, seasoning and onions. You will then temporarily remove it from the oven to discard the onions and any extra fat that may have fallen into the liquid. You can leave the broth surrounding the brisket and finally add all the vegetables to the pan as well.
I used a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish and it was able to fit all the vegetables and the corned beef perfectly. You can then return it to the oven (UNCOVERED this time) for the last hour of baking.
Here’s a link to the glass baking dishes I use all the time for recipes like these:
OVEN-BAKED CORNED BEEF
My mother-in-law taught me that you can’t have corned beef and vegetables without some rye bread, butter and extra mustard! I can’t say no to that. You can make some amazing corned beef sandwiches with that combination of ingredients which is what my husband and I usually do. Cover a slice of corned beef with some whole grain mustard and add a few pieces of cabbage on top for a satisfying sandwich creation. Or simply have the buttered rye bread on the side!
IF YOU HAVE ANY CORNED BEEF LEFT OVER, MAKE SURE TO TRY THIS CORNED BEEF HASH FOR BREAKFAST THE NEXT MORNING!
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This is one meal that’ll definitely have you coming back for seconds. Read on to see the full recipe for this Oven-Baked Corned Beef!
Oven-Baked Corned Beef With Vegetables RecipeCourse: MainDifficulty: Easy
The juiciest, most flavorful Oven-Baked Corned Beef and Vegetables recipe. Truly the easiest way to make corned beef!
3 lbs corned beef brisket
Seasoning packet that comes with the corned beef
1 onion, cut into quarters
2 ½ cups beef broth
1 Tbs whole grain mustard
24 oz rainbow potatoes or small golden potatoes
16 oz baby carrots
½ head of cabbage, cut in quarters
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Place the brisket fat side up in the center of a deep baking dish. Pour the beef broth over the brisket and place the quartered onions all around
- Rub the whole grain mustard and the seasoning packet all over the top of the corned beef
- Cover the whole pan tightly with foil. Bake for 2 hours
- Remove from oven temporarily and uncover. Discard the onions and any fat that fell into the liquid
- Surround the brisket with the cabbage, potatoes and carrots
- Return to the oven, uncovered. Bake for another 1 hour
- Slice the brisket and serve with rye bread, butter and mustard if desired
- For leftovers, you can drain the excess liquid and store the beef and vegetables in an airtight container in the fridge
- Calories & Nutritional Info may vary based on different brands and ingredients used. Nutritional Info below was calculated using Very Fit Well’s Nutrition Calculator.
6 servings per container
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 12.4g 62%
- Cholesterol 142mg 48%
- Sodium 2404mg 101%
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Potassium 722mg 21%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 5.4g 22%
- Sugars 8.6g
- Protein 35.8g 72%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.