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Corned Beef and Cabbage in an Oven Bag

Corned Beef and Cabbage in an Oven Bag is an easy, delicious way to do St. Patrick's Day dinner

With Valentine’s Day over, it’s time to start thinking about the next holiday to celebrate! Mardis Gras is coming up next, but I’ve already shared my mom’s Jambalaya and King Cake recipes. I sure will miss having Jambalaya and King Cake this year, due to the diet. Just gotta keep thinking of my weight loss success and it’ll be worth it right? Now it’s time to plan for St. Patrick’s Day! Corned Beef and Cabbage is the traditional St. Patty’s Day dinner, but I’ve discovered a new way to cook it. This method might not be new to some of you, but it sure works like a charm! 

Corned Beef and Cabbage in an Oven Bag

I prepared my Corned Beef and Cabbage in a Reynolds® Oven Bag,Reynolds® Oven Bag, complete with potatoes and optional carrots. Everything was so tasty that I don’t think I will cook it any other way again! The secret ingredient is an orange, for flavor. This combined with what Oven Bag cooking does will give you a St. Patrick’s Day dinner that will not disappoint. I especially love that you stick all ingredients into the bag and then let it cook. No adding extra ingredients partway through the cooking process, and no need to cook any side dishes. Everything gets cooked all at once with minimal dishes!

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Corned Beef and Cabbage in an Oven Bag

Corned Beef and Cabbage in an Oven Bag
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 hr
  1. 1 Reynolds® Oven Bag, Large
  2. 1 Tbs flour
  3. 1 (2 1/2 lb) corned beef brisket
  4. 2 Tbs pickling spice
  5. 1 medium orange, sliced in rounds
  6. 1 stalk celery, sliced
  7. 1 large head cabbage, cut in large wedges
  8. 6-8 red potatoes, slice large potatoes in half
  9. 1/4 tsp salt
  10. 1/4 cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Shake flour in Reynolds Oven Bag and place in a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  3. Add corned beef to bag, fat side up. Press pickling spice into fat side of beef. Then layer orange slices and vegetables around meat. Sprinkle salt on top of meat and veggies, and pour water over everything.
  4. Close bag with nylon tie and cut six 1/2-inch slits in top of bag.
  5. Tuck any loose edges of bag into pan and bake for 2 hours, or until fork-tender. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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  • This is so clever! The potatoes and carrots do not over cook? And the corn beef (which can be tough if under cooked) was tender? I cannot wait to try it!

  • Could this be done in a slow cooker? If so, how long would you cook and would you make any other adjustments?

  • Hi Linda! The potatoes are definitely well cooked, and some may get a little more done than others, but still very delicious! The meat was fantastic! You can cook a little longer to get the meal even more tender.

  • Sure this can be done in a slow cooker Bonnie. Place veggies in bottom of cooker and meat on top. Cook on high for 8 hours. Only add cabbage during the last hour of cooking.

  • I have been cooking corned beef this way for at least 25 years. I found this recipe in a magazine and have passed it onto all my friends and family.. There was no orange in the recipe and most corned beef packages contain the spices.

  • Can’t wait to try this .will be doing in a couple of weeks.happy st Patrick’s days.thank so much

  • I’m not sure the oven bags can hold that much weight, Lillian. That’s A LOT of corned beef! You would need the turkey sized oven bags, but I would check with Reynolds to make sure they can handle that much weight. Best of luck!

  • How long of a cooking time do you need for 6 pounds of corn beef and 3 pounds of veggies. I am using a turkey size bag.

  • Hi Pat,

    I would try about 1 hour of cooking time per pound of corned beef. I’ve never cooked one that large, but that would be my recommendation from everything I’ve read. Best of luck!

  • I just tried this and cabbage burned inside bag and I still had 30 minutes to go with corned beef…. yikes this didn’t turn out!

  • I’m so sorry this didn’t work for you Brittany! I’d love to understand what went wrong. I’m wondering if there wasn’t enough liquid? Did you make sure to put slits in the top of the bag?

  • Wow, this sounds so wonderful; my gourmand hubby wants this, even though it’s not St Patrick’s Day; have it in the oven now; MORE later……

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