Easy Corned Beef

This delicious easy corned beef is fantastic if you’re looking to make a hearty meal that will please a crowd.

Easy Corned Beef

We make our corned beef using a piece of silverside or also known as bottom round. Other cuts such as brisket can be used but a good piece of silverside will work the best.

With this piece of meat, we add some vinegar, sugar, and some spices. This combination of ingredients produces a flavor-packed tender piece of beef. It’s absolutely delicious.

Once the beef is cooked, it will be infused with a ton of flavor and be deliciously tender. If you let the meat rest and cut against the grain, you can cut thin slices without it falling apart. Cutting too soon may leave you with a bunch of shredded corned beef.

What to Serve with Corned Beef

Many foods go great with this meat, so I am only going to mention a couple of side dish ideas below.

While you can cook some vegetables in with the poaching liquid, I highly recommend not to. Mainly due to the vegetables taking on the flavor of the vinegar, which might make them not very enjoyable.

Roasting some vegetables while the beef is cooking in the pot is a great idea. Some sweet potato fries are also an excellent option to go alongside this delicious meal.

As you can see in the photos, I typically cook some par-boiled potatoes and greens in a frypan with some butter and garlic. They are delicious and match perfectly with the tender flavor-packed meat.

Corned Beef with Potatoes and Green Beans

If you love corned beef and cabbage, then you should make some creamy cabbage. It’s super simple and can be made in the slow cooker or over the stove. It’s the perfect combination that I highly recommend.

Gravy is also an excellent addition to this dish but will need to be made separately. Typically a white gravy is to be served with corned beef, but a traditional brown gravy also matches amazingly well.

Some cauliflower cheese goes great with the sliced beef. You can quickly cook it just before you go to serve. The cheese sauce goes great on both the cauliflower and the meat.

Leftover Ideas

Assuming you end up with leftovers, make sure you don’t throw them out as there is a ton you’re able to do with corned beef. For example, you can make some corned beef hash in the morning or even slice it up for use on sandwiches.

Sliced Corned Beef

Any leftover cooked corned beef should last for three to four days in the refrigerator. To make it last even longer, you can freeze the meat instead. In the freezer, it will take two to three months before it starts to lose a bit of quality.

If you want to see how to make corned beef, then be sure to check out the video below. It will take you through all the steps to making this delicious meat.

Easy Corned Beef Recipe

5/5 (100%) 5 votes
Prep Time10 Minutes
Cook Time2 Hours
Total Time2 Hours & 10 Minutes


  • 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) silverside (Bottom Round)
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup malt vinegar
  • Enough water to cover


  1. Place the beef into a large deep pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and fill with enough water to cover the beef.
  2. Place the pot over high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat until it is a gentle simmer. Cover and cook for 2 hours, and maintain a simmer.
  4. Remove the beef from the liquid and allow it to rest for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve & Enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • If you want to cook the beef for longer but don’t want to leave it on a stove, then cooking the corned beef in a slow cooker is an option.
  • Silverside is typically super cheap, so it’s a great cut of meat to use when you’re on a tight budget.
  • You can make this recipe gluten-free by replacing the malt vinegar with apple cider vinegar or something similar.
  • If you want to add even more flavor to the beef, then you can swap the water for a beef broth. The broth will infuse even more flavors into the silverside (bottom round).
  • Keep an eye on the pot for a few minutes after you put the lid on as it can quickly boil and overflow without you noticing. If it does go to boil, reduce the heat even further.
  • You can use beef brisket instead of silverside or bottom round.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 305g (10.8 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories Per Serving: 505
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 15.7g
Saturated Fat: 5.9g
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Carbohydrate: 9.1g
Dietary Fiber: 0.8g
Sugars: 7.2g
Cholesterol: 223mg
Sodium: 176mg
Protein: 76.2g

The information above is an estimate generated by an online nutrition calculator.

More Delicious Beef Recipes

There are a ton of other delicious beef recipes that you should try out, and below are just a couple of suggestions.

Something like the easy beef goulash is a delightful dish that only needs six very simple ingredients. It’s packed full of flavor and certainly worth giving a go.

Another beef recipe that you should try is the easy beef and broccoli. It’s a quick and easy dish that doesn’t take very long to prepare and cook. It’s one of my favorite recipes, so I recommend giving it a try.

I really hope that this easy corned beef recipe works out for you just fine. If you run into issues or have some feedback, a variation, or anything else, then please feel free to leave a comment below.


  1. Avatar for Patsy
    Patsy on

    I’m going to make my own corned beef this year! With this recipe!
    I’ve always wondered what the Grocerie put in it and how long it’s been sitting?
    Thanks for reminding me’ And thank you for the Recipe!

  2. Avatar for Denise
    Denise on

    CORNED BEEF SAUCE (*more): 2 tblsp sugar (*4 tblsp), 3 tblspn malt vinegar (*6 tblsp) , 1 des spoon butter (*2 dstsp), 5 tblspns cooked corned beef liquid (*8 tblsp), 1-2 tspn hot english mustard (*3-4 tsp). Put all in saucepan, add one (*2) beaten egg, stir over heat til thick, do not boil. Yum

    1. Avatar for Ness
      Ness on

      Just curious…why the egg in this sauce….? Sounds tastier than my usual sauce otherwise!

  3. Avatar for Meggie
    Meggie on


    Excited to try this quick corned beef recipe because I really want a Ruben and don’t want to wait two weeks….

    How about salt? It’s not mentioned in the recipe.

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Sometimes corned beef or silverside has already been brined, so adding salt might make the meat very salty. If you know the meat hasn’t been brined. You can add salt to the cooking liquid.

  4. Avatar for Jo
    Jo on

    Used the carrots in mashed potatoes and kumara. Used the onions to flavour a white sauce. Beautiful.

  5. Avatar for john a
    john a on

    Just found this site and trying the silverside corn beef. Thank you.

  6. Avatar for Stephen
    Stephen on

    Great recipes here!

  7. Avatar for Deborah Reddock
    Deborah Reddock on

    Simmering away on the stove top, really looking forward to this I remember as a child my mum used to make a mean sheppards pie out of the leftovers 😋

  8. Avatar for Mary Bruce
    Mary Bruce on

    Thank you for this lovely recipe,we had it for dinner last night and really enjoyed it thanks again it was the most tender piece of corned beef I’ve ever eaten.

  9. Avatar for Rosy
    Rosy on

    I use white vinegar as my daughter needs it to be gluten free. I left out bay leaves and cloves because I had none left but added some garlic. Cant wait!!!

  10. Avatar for Gina Doherty
    Gina Doherty on

    Fantastic menu, easy to follow .
    Thank you 😊

  11. Avatar for Lee
    Lee on

    Had this for dinner tonight, absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe.

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