This warming slow-cooker stew has all the flavors of corned beef and cabbage but with much less sodium, plus it's ready in half the time of traditional corned beef and cabbage. Rather than curing the beef in a salty brine for at least a day, we just throw the beef and veggies into a crock pot with pickling spice for that delicous briny flavor without the long soaking period.

Hilary Meyer
Source:, February 2018


Recipe Summary

30 mins
4 hrs 30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Toss beef with pickling spice and salt in a medium bowl until well coated. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is browned on all sides, 6 to 10 minutes. Add broth and bring to a simmer, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a 5-quart (or larger) slow cooker.

  • Stir carrots and potatoes into the beef. Cook on High for 3 hours or Low for 6 hours.

  • Nestle cabbage among the beef and vegetables, cover and cook until the beef and vegetables are tender, about 1 hour on High or 2 hours on Low. Stir in vinegar to taste. Garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon parsley and 1 teaspoon mustard.

Nutrition Facts

445 calories; protein 54g; carbohydrates 19.3g; dietary fiber 3.9g; sugars 5.6g; fat 15.4g; saturated fat 4.7g; cholesterol 147.4mg; vitamin a iu 6334.3IU; vitamin c 45.8mg; folate 42.4mcg; calcium 84.8mg; iron 5.5mg; magnesium 53.8mg; potassium 1058.4mg; sodium 559.4mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Lighten up Sheryll Lyn. Obviously you didn't read the introduction to the recipe. In addition there are quotation marks around the words "Corned Beef" in the name of the recipe. That's generally a clue to most people. This recipe creates a corned beef flavor by adding pickling spice as a seasoning component. The point is to reduce the sodium but still enjoy the traditional flavors. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I made this so you can take my rating based on actual experience. I made half the recipe in my 3.5qt slow cooker first 2 hours on high and last hour or so on low after adding the cabbage. The flavor was good although no briney flavor; I did add a bit more pickling spice but not extra salt. Perhaps it would been more briney cooking on low...have to plan better next time. Personally I'm not a fan of the loose bits of spice so will probably make a little cheesecloth pouch next time. Beef came out very tender and the vegetables were just right! Sure no briney flavor that left us thirsty for hours but tasty nonetheless! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe will be added to my favorites! I made it and shared with friends. Everyone loved it. The only thing I did different was added garlic thyme and bay leaf for spices. I added more cabbage too. It turned out excellent!! The addition of the mustard when serving is a must. I will make this again and thanks for a great faux corned beef recipe!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I made this with a pork roast instead of beef and it was delicious!!! (Left out the potatoes too and served it over egg noodles.) Would def do it again. Read More