Roasted Corned Beef and Cabbage with Carrots, Potatoes & Horseradish Cream Sauce

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Corned beef and cabbage is traditionally boiled but I prefer to roast it in the oven. I also toss the vegetables in horseradish butter to amp up the flavor. It makes ALL the difference.

corned beef with cabbage

Corned beef and cabbage, the traditional Irish-American dish of salt-cured brisket with vegetables, is traditionally boiled on the stovetop in a single large pot. I much prefer to slow-roast the meat and vegetables separately in the oven — and, to amp up the flavor, I toss the vegetables in a horseradish-spiked butter sauce before roasting.

These tweaks to the traditional cooking method make ALL the difference. The corned beef emerges from the oven tender and subtly spiced, and the bronzed veggies are near impossible to resist eating straight from the pan (and will have you thinking, “What else can I roast in horseradish butter?”).

This corned beef and cabbage recipe takes three hours to cook, but it’s almost entirely hands-off. St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to make it, when corned beef briskets are plentiful and on sale.

What you’ll need to make Corned Beef and Cabbage

ingredients for corned beef and cabbage

Look for corned beef that is labeled flat-cut. If it’s not clear based on the packaging, just ask your butcher to point you in the right direction.  While you may be tempted, do not trim the fat from the corned beef before starting the recipe — you’ll do that after it’s cooked.

How to make Corned Beef and Cabbage

Begin by rinsing the meat under cold running water. This will rid the meat of some of the saltiness. Place the corned beef fat side up in a large roasting pan.

making corned beef and cabbage - corn beef in roasting pan with a little water

Pour about 1/8 inch water around the corned beef. Sprinkle the contents of the seasoning packet into the water around the meat. Cover the pan tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil and roast on the middle rack for 3 hours.

making corned beef and cabbage - roasting pan covered with foil

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the melted butter, horseradish, salt, and pepper.

making corned beef and cabbage - combining butter, horseradish, salt and pepper in mixing bowl

Mix well.

making corned beef and cabbage - horseradish butter mixed in bowl

Place the carrots, potatoes and cabbage side by side on a rimmed baking sheet (do not line the pan with foil; the potatoes will stick). Drizzle the horseradish-butter mixture over the veggies.

making corned beef and cabbage - drizzling horseradish butter over the carrots, potatoes and cabbage

Toss with a spatula to coat all of the vegetables evenly, keeping the vegetables separate. Turn the potatoes so that they are cut side down (they’ll get much crispier that way).

making corned beef and cabbage - vegetables evenly tossed with the horseradish butter

After the corned beef has roasted for 1 hour and 30 minutes, place the pan of vegetables on the bottom rack of the oven. Roast the vegetables and continue cooking the corned beef for 1 hour and 30 minutes more, until both the meat and vegetables are tender. Check on the veggies occasionally to be sure they are browning evenly.

making corned beef and cabbage - bronzed vegetables fresh out of the oven

Remove the meat from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. Let cool slightly, until cool enough to handle.

making corned beef and cabbage - roasted corned beef fresh out of the oven

Cut off the layer of fat on top of the corned beef and discard. Slice the meat against, or perpendicular to, the grain into 1/4-inch slices.

making corned beef and cabbage - slicing corned beef on cutting board

How To Make Horseradish Cream Sauce
ingredients for horseradish sauce

Simply combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl, and season to taste.

horseradish sauce ingredients mixed together in mixing bowl

Arrange the meat and roasted vegetables on a platter and sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Serve with the horseradish cream sauce on the side.

corned beef and cabbage on serving plate

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Roasted Corned Beef and Cabbage with Carrots, Potatoes & Horseradish Cream Sauce

Corned beef and cabbage is traditionally boiled but I prefer to roast it in the oven. I also toss the vegetables in horseradish butter to amp up the flavor. It makes ALL the difference.

Servings: 6 - 8
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 3 Hours
Total Time: 3 Hours 20 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Corned Beef and Vegetables

  • 1 (4-lb) flat-cut corned beef with seasoning packet (do not trim the fat)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 2-in chunks
  • 1-1/4 lb small gold potatoes (about 2.5" in diameter), halved
  • 1 very small green cabbage, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley, for garnish (optional)

For the Horseradish Cream Sauce

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven the 325°F. Set one oven rack in the middle position and another in the bottom position.
  2. Rinse the corned beef several times under running cold water. (No need to dry it.)
  3. Place the corned beef fat side up in a large roasting pan (you'll trim the fat after the meat is cooked). Pour about 1/8 inch water around the meat. Sprinkle the contents of the seasoning packet into the water around the corned beef. Cover the pan tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil and roast on the middle rack for 3 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, horseradish, salt and pepper.
  5. Place the carrots, potatoes and cabbage side by side on a rimmed baking sheet (do not line the pan with foil; the potatoes will stick). Drizzle the horseradish-butter mixture over the veggies and toss with a spatula to coat all of the vegetables evenly, keeping the vegetables separate. Turn the potatoes so that they are cut side down (they'll get crispier that way).
  6. After the corned beef has roasted for 1 hour and 30 minutes, place the pan of vegetables on the bottom rack of the oven. Roast the vegetables and continue cooking the corned beef for 1 hour and 30 minutes more, until both the meat and vegetables are tender. Check on the veggies occasionally to be sure they are browning evenly. (The cabbage will brown first, so give it a toss when the bottom pieces look golden. The potatoes and carrots may need to be turned, but only if they are nicely browned on the bottom before the cook time is up.)
  7. Transfer the corned beef to a cutting board and let sit until cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes. Cut off the layer of fat on top of the corned beef and discard. Slice the meat against (or perpendicular to) the grain into 1/4-inch slices. Arrange the meat on a platter with the roasted vegetables and sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Serve with the horseradish cream sauce.

For the Horseradish Cream Sauce

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more horseradish to taste, if desired.
  2. Note: You won't use the whole head of cabbage; just use enough to cover 1/3 of the sheet pan.
  3. Note: The nutritional information does not include the horseradish cream sauce.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Calories: 577
  • Fat: 40 g
  • Saturated fat: 14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 35 g
  • Sodium: 2813 mg
  • Cholesterol: 138 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Had 1 1/2 pounds corned beef that was packaged with its pickling ingredients. I washed them off, as I was rinsing off the brine and made a simple pickling mix to add to the water as there was no additional packet. I baked the beef for 2hr. 15min and the vegies for 75 min. and didn’t change anything. This is a very delicious recipe and it’s tempting to eat all the corned beef in one go! Next time I’ll reduce the calories by reducing the butter because one portion (assuming 6 in total) is 14 Blue WW points – which is quite high.

    • — Melisende on September 3, 2021
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  • I found the meat tasted very salty cooking this way, the vegetables had great flavour but I definitely didn’t cook for that long. Potato and carrot had an hour, cabbage only needed 30 mins. The horseradish cream was lovely.

    • — pippa van ryk on May 5, 2021
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  • I’ll never boil a corned beef again. Meat was perfect, great flavor, better texture. It wasn’t soggy and shriveled.

    • — Emily Opper on May 2, 2021
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  • Boiled corn beef dinner brings back memories of when I worked on a farm as a teenager in Nova Scotia. Sometimes it could be too salty, though. I have never tried cooking corned beef but thought I would give this a try. Slow roasting it turned out much better than I ever expected! It was so effortless & delicious!!!! I really like the vegetables being slow roasted with the butter & horseradish & the horseradish cream added a wonderful finishing touch. Will definitely be making this again!

    • — Sharon R on May 1, 2021
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  • Fantastic! I actually took some of the horseradish sauce and put some dollops over the vegetables to be roasted and added some fresh chives after baked. SOOO delicious!

    • — Jacquie Laraway on April 19, 2021
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  • This was the best corned beef and veggies I have ever had. The meat was perfectly tender and hardly shrank at all. The veggies were all delicious. The potatoes had the nicest crust, and the horseradish sauce added just the right tang to the cabbage and carrots.
    I have oven-cooked corned beef before, but it was never as good as this, so I have always preferred the stove top method. Never again!
    I could go on and on about how much better the cabbage, potatoes and carrots were.

    • — Andy Ragg on April 13, 2021
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  • Excellent recipe for St. Patrick’s Day.

    • — Dave Sullivan on April 8, 2021
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  • This is the ABSOLUTE BEST corned beef and cabbage I have ever had!!! No more mushy, water-logged New England boiled dinner for me! Having the leftovers tonight.

    Thank you so much, Jenn.

    ps: To answer Nancy on March 24, 2021, on another website I learned 1 hour per pound, rounded up to the next 1/4 pound. So, 2.47 pounds = 2.50 hours. My corned beef weighed 2.17 pounds, so I roasted it 2 hours and 15 minutes. It was deliciously tender! Hope this helps.

    • — not Mack on April 3, 2021
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  • Loved this recipe! Husband is not a huge horseradish fan, so I only used half the amount–and he liked it!
    I was snacking on the sauce with cabbage leftovers, it’s a tad thick but I may use it for slaw dressing!
    Too much salt in the horseradish butter, but hubs added more anyway 🙄
    I will definitely make this again, but the veggies only needed ½ hour

    • — barb gable on April 2, 2021
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  • This is fantastic! Second time, less carrots, more cabbage! Didn’t change anything else, because it’s perfect the way it is! Whole family agrees and I’ve been cooking for years…

    • — Bon~Bon on March 28, 2021
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    • Hi Jen
      Have 2 pieces of corned beef totaling 5 pounds.Do I cook this also for 3 hours or more?
      Thanks Rebecca

      • — Rebecca on April 24, 2021
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      • Hi Rebecca, They may take a bit less time but you’ll have to keep an eye on them. I’d start checking for doneness at around to 2-1/2 hours. Hope that helps and that you enjoy!

        • — Jenn on April 24, 2021
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  • I made this recipe it was superb.
    There were no leftovers.
    Everyone enjoyed the horseradish sauce.

    • — Cherie on March 28, 2021
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  • I didn’t get to give the five stars it deserves

    • — MELODY MULHALL on March 27, 2021
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  • My Irish clan loves this recipe. I’ve made it three times and excellent every time.

    • — MELODY MULHALL on March 27, 2021
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  • A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!! Delicious! YUM! Thank you for the recipe.

    • — Zarah on March 25, 2021
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  • Jenn,
    I have a smaller corned beef (2.47 pounds) and I’m wondering if I should adjust the cooking time of the corned beef?? Thanks! I can’t wait to make this.

    • — Nancy on March 24, 2021
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    • Hi Nancy, It may take a bit less time but you’ll have to keep an eye on it. I’d start checking for doneness around 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Hope that helps and that you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 25, 2021
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  • So yummy and sooo easy! I just made this yesterday bc we had to postpone our St Pattys day meal. Followed everything as written except for using brussel sprouts instead of cabbage. I never could get my veggies to brown before bc I always used foil. Now I know what to do! Thanks Jen for another great recipe!

    • — Ivonne on March 22, 2021
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  • I’ve never been a fan of corned beef and cabbage but was determined to find a recipe that would change my mind. This was super fabulous. I invited my grown sons and their wives and celebrated St. Patty’s Day for the first time ever. Honestly, all of your recipes Jenn, are so amazing. I made the Irish soda bread as well which was delicious too. This is my go to food site. I’ve not found one better anywhere. Thanks so much for all the fabulous recipes (and I’ve made many of them).

    • — Laura on March 20, 2021
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    • 💗

      • — Jenn on March 22, 2021
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  • Jenn!!!! Wow! Just wow! This recipe was amazing and easy! My husband is not a fan of boiled corned beef or even corned beef at all but after making your recipe tonight he has changed his mind. The corned beef was moist and flavorful ( I copied another reviewer and cooked mine on a bed of onions and beer in my Dutch Oven). The veggies and potatoes were spot on! Nice and tender with the cabbage a little crispy! We also loved your dipping sauce!

    • — Dawn C. on March 19, 2021
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  • Yum, yum. No leftovers. This is now my recipe for corned beef. Thank you Jen.

    • — Mary on March 18, 2021
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  • Look no further–this recipe is perfect! I made this yesterday and it was the best corned beef I ever made. Usually use the slow cooker–not anymore! Plan to use the leftover meat for sandwiches and corned beef hash. Thank you Jen ☘☘☘

    • — Mary Della Rossa on March 18, 2021
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  • I’m not making my corned beef dinner any other way from here on out.

    The beef was moist, tender, and DELICIOUS!.

    l loved that by delaying the addition of the seasoned vegetables, they remained tender-firm, and didn’t dissolve in to mush. They still had texture, and they were a lovely accompaniment to the corned beef.

    • — Tracey on March 18, 2021
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  • Raised on boiled corned beef, potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. Not again. 5 stars from all who partook.

    • — Sue R on March 18, 2021
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  • I love roasted cabbage and not a fan of watered down potatoes and cabbage with Corned beef. Loved your recipe! I added a little pure horseradish to the sauce. I also used a uncured corned beef. The entire meal was easy and delicious. Now can’t wait to try some of your other recipes!

    • — Sue on March 18, 2021
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  • 325 seemed too low, at least it was for the veggies. I followed this “to the T”, but veg’s were al-dente (at best) and potatoes did not roast or crisp to a brown as shown. Cabbage remained crisp after almost 2 hours (basically one-off from raw consistency), and carrots definitely al-dente. I even cooked everything 30+ minutes longer since meat was larger than the recipe called for. Meat ended up not as tender as hoped. I think 325 degrees is too low a temp to get the veggies truly roasted; I even put them back in at 400 degrees to help them along. Overall disappointed.

    • — Bob C on March 18, 2021
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  • Absolutely Delicious! I had started with another recipe when I discovered this one. Based on the first steps of the other recipe, my changes included using my Dutch oven, placing the corned beef roast in a bed of roughly chopped onions, and using Guinness instead of water but followed the remainder of the recipe. Roasting the vegetables separately in the horseradish-infused butter was amazing. The horseradish cream sauce topped the dish off perfectly. My regret is scaling down the veggies for 2 – less leftovers! Thank you for a five-star recipe!

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