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4 Canned Corned Beef Recipes

A few canned corned beef recipe ideas to use when you’re in a pinch! Pair with cabbage or air fry to crisp it up a bit. Just one more way of cooking corned beef you can enjoy in March and year round.

Canned Corned Beef Recipe

Cooking canned corned beef may have you scratching your head. I was curious about it myself and had to answer the question of how to cook it. If you’re in a pinch or traveling and need to know all about this canned meat I have a few ideas for you. (affiliate links present)

Canned Corned Beef

Ok so what does canned corned beef taste like? That was my question too when I first got this. I first thought it looked like Spam but it would taste just like a corned beef brisket, NOT.

Don’t expect the contents of this to taste the same or even close to the real thing. It is ground with preservatives and doesn’t have the same marinated flavor.

Instead it is quite bland, almost like the brisket was ground as is before adding any of the seasoning packet or brine. That being said if this is all you had available you could tweak it to get some of the flavors you want this time of year. I will share how to make it as another one of our popular cabbage recipes and “fried”.

Canned Corned Beef

As you can see it is in a tin. There is a little metal twister on one end so you can twist away all the way around and lift off that end to discard. From there you can squeeze the can a bit and if placed upside down it will fall out. Do this over the top of a cutting board.

How to Cook Canned Corned Beef

Take note that it will want to fall apart. If you want it to stay in tact where the slices will be firmer at this point you would want to keep it whole, on a plate and put it in the fridge for about an hour.

At this time you will be able to slice it and have it stick together better. It won’t be as firm as spam fries would be if sliced into sticks but better.

You would need to do this if you wanted to attempt to fry it and keep it in patties or cubes. There is a fair amount of fat you will see on the ends of your block. Because of this you don’t really need oil if cooking it in a pan. It will want to break apart though if you aren’t careful and try to move it around a bit.

how to cook canned corned beef

Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

I decided to add this into my Dutch oven similar to our stewed cabbage, but with this protein. It is basically just steaming your veggies so they wilt and soften as much as you’d like. Then drain the liquid and fold in your canned meat. This is just one way to try it out.

If you wanted to make it into more of a corned beef stew recipe you’d need more liquid of course. Or add it into more of a chowder creamy mixture. I use green cabbage with any sort of recipe during this time of year, I guess it is just the traditional way. With this method it will stay soft in texture as you can see here.

  • You start off by heating just a touch of olive oil in dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Open can and slice corned beef, add into pot and saute for 5 minutes to heat.
  • Remove and put into a bowl, set aside.
  • Pour broth into pot and scrape remnants of food off and into liquid. Slice large head of cabbage in half and then into 1.5×1.5″ squares. Add those into your pot and stir.
  • Put lid on and allow to steam in pot for 5 minutes.
  • Remove lid and drain liquid, then add corned beef and all seasonings. Fold together.

Heat for 3-5 more minutes cooking time to incorporate flavors. Taste, add more salt and pepper if you like. Serve.

canned Corned Beef and Cabbage

There is a way to get just a bit of crisp into it though if that is what you want. The best way to do this is to air fry it in your Cosori, AirWave or Ninja Foodi. Olive oil spray will prevent corned beef hash from sticking to your air fryer basket. You’ll have to refrigerate it before slicing as I explained above.

Air Fryer Canned Corned Beef

You can cool, slice or dice and then make our air fryer corned beef hash recipe if you would like. With corned beef, potatoes, seasonings and if you choose to add fried eggs on top it is a complete 15 minute meal we love.

If you just wanted to cook the meat itself it would take closer to 6 minutes or so and your better off not flipping or shaking the basket so it stays in tact.

This would turn out more like our air fryer spam recipe with just slices you could serve next to your fried cabbage served separately. I get it if your husband is like mine and foods aren’t supposed to touch (eye roll).

Air Fryer Corned Beef Hash

Canned corned beef sandwich recipe

Ok here is another idea. You can totally use this as you normally would tuna fish if you wanted. That is right, since it is precooked you don’t have to worry about cooking it, that is why it’s a great camping item. You can just open the can and spread it under eggs on toast for breakfast.

For lunch mix it with mayo, relish and diced celery and pile it on to your slider buns. Same as you would make tuna or chicken salad but with a beefier flavor. Don’t want to bring anything that needs to be refrigerated for rv meals? You can make corned beef spaghetti using this instead of ground beef.

From there you could try any of our leftover corned beef recipes here with this instead of the whole variety. I will say that whole and non processed is way better, but if this is all you have I hope we gave you a few new ideas.

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Canned Corned Beef Recipe

A few canned corned beef recipe ideas to use when you're in a pinch! Pair with cabbage or air fry to crisp it up a bit.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine irish
Keyword cabbage, canned corned beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 29kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • ** Dutch oven ** Heat olive oil in dutch oven. Open can and slice corned beef, add into pot and saute for 5 minutes to heat. Remove and put into a bowl, set aside.
  • Pour broth into pot and scrape remnants of food off and into liquid. Slice large head of cabbage in half and then into 1.5×1.5" squares. Add those into your pot and stir.
  • Put lid on and allow to steam in pot for 5 minutes. Remove lid and drain liquid, then add corned beef and all seasonings. Fold together.
  • Heat for 3-5 more minutes to incorporate flavors. Taste, add more salt and pepper if you like. Serve.
  • ** Air fryer ** Open can, set meat on a plate and put into fridge for 1 hour to harden more. Slice into 6 pieces. Preheat to 360 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Spray basket with olive oil spray and lay sliced inside. Air fry for 4 minutes, open basket and lightly spray tops with olive oil. Air fry for another 2 minutes or until outsides as browned to your liking. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy.
  • ** Sandwiches ** Mash canned meat in a bowl and add enough mayonnaise to make it wet, as you would when making tuna fish. Fold in 1-2 tbsp relish and diced celery and spread this on toast or two slices of bread to enjoy.

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Nutrition Facts
Canned Corned Beef Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 29 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 211mg9%
Potassium 157mg4%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 116IU2%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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canned corned beef and cabbage
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Lulu

Saturday 16th of March 2024

THANKS! The raw stuff is just way out of my price range now, but missed the St. Patty meals…doing a colcannon with a side of “browned” corned beef slices instead.🤷🏻‍♀️ Didn’t know how to keep it in slices though, so thank you.

Steve

Thursday 2nd of November 2023

Really good recipe and the results were delicious. I did couple of things differently. I used smoked paprika instead of regular, added a diced large carrot, and a pinch of ground thai chiles. Instead of draining off the liquid I added the spices to it when I added the cabbage and then reduced the liquid till it almost disappeared. So much and such good flavor.

The Typical Mom

Friday 3rd of November 2023

so glad

Joann

Thursday 11th of May 2023

I just needed to tell you that I loved the way you completely explained in simple language what I needed to understand about corned beef in a can. I had NO idea what to do with it! I tried to use it once before straight out of the can and like you said, it wasn't spam! I threw it out. But I now know a thing or two about it, thank you! I am going to try one of your recipes. Also looked at your other topics, great stuff.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 11th of May 2023

glad I could be of help

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