Classic Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage


Inexpensive, easy to cook, and delightfully tender and satisfying, Corned Beef and Cabbage prove a pleasing meal any time—not just on St. Patrick's Day. At the grocery, look for corned beef brisket. In some cases, the meat will come with a spice packet, which you'll add to the slow cooker. But some brands cure the meat before packaging; if it's labeled as "corned," you're set. We developed a recipe that cooks over 7 or 8 hours on low but is also ready after 4 to 5 hours of cooking on high, for quicker preparation, or even a warming Sunday supper.

Corned Beef and Cabbage on a Large Plate With Carrots and Potatoes
Photo: Steve Giralt
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 20 mins
4 serves


  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs, plus leaves for serving

  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds

  • 1 3-pound piece corned beef brisket (with spice packet, if included)

  • 1 pound carrots, cut in half crosswise (and in half lengthwise if thick)

  • ½ small green cabbage, cut into thin wedges

  • 1 pound small red potatoes

  • Dijon mustard, for serving


  1. Combine the thyme, caraway seeds, and beef (cut in half to fit if necessary) with a spice packet, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, and ½ cup water in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cook, covered, until the beef is tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours (this will shorten the total recipe time).

  2. Transfer the beef to a cutting board and thinly slice.

  3. Serve warm with the carrots, cabbage, potatoes, and mustard, sprinkled with fresh thyme leaves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

676 Calories
39g Fat
39g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 676
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 197mg 66%
Sodium 2393mg 104%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 42g
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 6mg 33%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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