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

The traditional Irish-American dish of corned beef and cabbage is traditionally boiled on the stovetop in a single large pot. However, I much prefer to slow-roast the meat and vegetables separately in the oven. 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 roasted 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.

Step-by-step Instructions

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
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 2-in chunks
  • 1¼ lb small gold potatoes (about 2.5" in diameter), halved
  • 1 very small green cabbage, cored and cut into ½-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
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ 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 ⅛ 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 ¼-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 ⅓ 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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Comments

  • Perfect. I especially liked the salt reduction in this method versus boiling with the package content which as we know adds a ton of salt. Family loved every aspect of it. Vegetables were seasoned just right. The cream sauce was a pleasant surprise and hit too as we normally prefer just horseradish and Djon mustard on the side. I simply doubled the recipe for 8 people and everything was gone, even the carrots! This will now be my go to recipe for Corned Beef.

    • — Harryg on May 22, 2022
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  • I can’t thank you enough for this recipe. It is now my go-to corned beef recipe. A couple of nights ago I had friends over who were craving corned beef having missed St. Patrick’s Day. I typically make a New England Boiled Dinner but wanted to try something different. I had a 3.3 lb corned beef and a smaller one so I decided to cook it two different ways, the larger one using your recipe and the smaller one in the Crockpot. Hands down I and my guests loved your recipe. The corned beef and veggies turned out perfect. Again, thank you for posting the recipe. I loved it so much, I am buying another corned beef this week for me only as there were no leftovers.

    • — Steve Dayton on April 2, 2022
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  • This recipe for Corned Beef is the best I have ever tried. I shared with a sister and she agrees! This will be the only Corned Beef recipe I will ever need! Thank you

    • — Debbie Danford on March 28, 2022
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  • Hi! This sounds delicious and I’m planning on making it for my large extended family tomorrow. I bought 2 roasts that total about 8.5 pounds. They will fit in one roasting pan. How long should I plan on cooking the roasts? 45 min per pound?
    Thanks!

    • — LISA on March 26, 2022
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    • Hi Lisa, I’m obviously weighing in too late to help but hopefully you got a good result. For two pieces of meat that are about 4.25 pounds each, I think the cooking time of 3 hours would be about the same if not just a touch longer. Hope they came out well!

      • — Jenn on March 28, 2022
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  • This was out-of-this world delicious and easy!!! Thank you so much, Jenn!!!!! I lament that I can only find corned beef in our grocery store around March 17th. One question… we have some leftover horseradish cream sauce. How can I use this up?

    • — Mary on March 26, 2022
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    • So glad you enjoyed it, Mary! The sauce is delicious with grilled steak or salmon.

      • — Jenn on March 26, 2022
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