Skip to Content

How To Cook Corned Beef (4 Different Cooking Methods)

How To Cook Corned Beef (4 Different Cooking Methods)

In this post, we’ll show you How To Cook Corned Beef! We have 4 different Corned beef recipes to choose from: corned beef in the oven, sous vide, Instant Pot and on the smoker.

We’ll also provide some tips on how to make the perfect roast. A good place to start is checking out our Best Cut of Corned Beef guide!

How Do You Cook Corned Beef

There are 4 different corned beef recipes we have on foodie and wine for you to consider!

Baked Corned Beef

Directions included to make cabbage, potatoes and/or carrots!

sliced corned beef on a white plate.

Sous Vide Corned Beef

Directions included to make cabbage, potatoes and/or carrots!

Sous Vide Corned Beef in a white serving dish with carrots, cabbage and red potatoes.

Smoked Corned Beef

Cooking low and slow on the grill creates a juicy interior infused with smoke with a nice exterior char.

Sliced smoked corned beef on a silver sheet.

Instant Pot Corned Beef

Making Corned Beef in the Instant Pot is the quickest method to utilize. It’s ready in a little over an hour.

Instant Pot Corned Beef, carrots, cabbage and potatoes in a white bowl.

Prep The Roast

To prepare the brisket for cooking, first rinse it under cold water. This will help remove any excess salt from the surface of the meat.

We highly recommend using homemade Corned Beef Spices so you have enough to season the roast, as well as, the cooking water. Plus you can adjust the flavors to your taste.

Corned beef seasonings in a small bowl.

Serving Recommendations

The following sauces will be amazing next to any of the above recipes. Serve alongside a container of Horseradish Aioli, Horseradish Sauce for Prime Rib or Dijon Mustard for an added kick!

Leftover Ideas

Sliced reuben sandwich with pickles.

Expert Tips

The following tips apply to any cooking style you utilize. 

  1. Do not remove the fat cap. It will keep the roast moist and infuse it with flavor while cooking. Remove when serving, if desired.
  2. Store bought corned beef is loaded with sodium. To reduce, soak the roast in cold water for up to 4 hours, changing out the water every hour.
  3. Try and use homemade spices as the packet of spices that comes with the roast isn’t a huge amount. We coat the roast AND add some to the cooking water to maximize flavor. 
  4. Swap out the cooking water or broth with beer to add even more flavor. Guinness is obviously a great choice.
  5. Like a crispy exterior? Broil for 5-10 minutes after cooking. 
  6. Let the roast rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing so the meat has time to redistribute the juices.
  7. Serve with a dish of Pickled Mustard Seeds.

sliced baked corned beef on a brown cutting board.

Now grab an Irish Mule, Irish Breakfast Shot, or Jameson Whiskey drink and get to cooking a fatty beef brisket!!