New England Boiled Dinner

New England boiled dinner, a one pot dish consisting of corned beef or plain brisket, cabbage, carrots and potatoes.

New England Boiled Dinner
Elise Bauer

New England boiled dinner is a one pot dish consisting of corned beef or plain beef brisket or smoked picnic ham shoulder, with cabbage, carrots and potatoes.

When made with corned beef, it's an Irish-American corned beef and cabbage dish, traditionally made around St. Patrick's Day.

My parents like to boiled dinner with plain, uncured brisket. Others make it with smoked ham shoulder. The following recipe is for boiled dinner made with either corned beef or plain beef brisket.

New England Boiled Dinner with potatoes, carrots, cabbage and corned beef
Elise Bauer

New England Boiled Dinner

Cook Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Servings 6 to 8 servings

Corned beef can be pretty salty, so if you are making boiled dinner with corned beef you may want to put it in a pot, cover with cold water, bring to a boil, and then discard the water before starting the recipe. If the broth ends up being too salty, you can serve just the meat and vegetables, without the broth, or add water to the broth to dilute it.


  • 3 1/2 pounds corned beef brisket or plain beef brisket

  • 15 peppercorns

  • 8 whole cloves

  • 1 bay leaf

  • Salt, if using plain brisket

  • 2 medium sized turnips, peeled and quartered

  • 4 red new potatoes, peeled and quartered

  • 3 large carrots, cut into thirds and the thickest pieces quartered lengthwise

  • 1 small head cabbage, cut into fourths


  1. Put corned beef in a pot, cover with water, add seasonings, simmer:

    Put the brisket in a 5 or 6 quart Dutch oven and cover with an inch of water.

    If you are using corned beef brisket and it does not come already packed in seasoning, add peppercorns, cloves, and a bay leaf to the pot.

    If using plain brisket, add a teaspoon of salt for every quart of water.

    Bring to a simmer and then cover, lower the heat until it is barely simmering. Keep at a low simmer for four hours or until the meat is tender (a fork goes through easily).

    Corned Beef in Pot of Water for Boiled Dinner
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  2. Remove meat, add vegetables, simmer:

    Remove the meat and set aside, keeping the meat warm. Add the vegetables to the pot. Check the broth for taste. If it is too salty, add a little more water to taste.

    Raise the temperature and bring the soup to a high simmer. Cook at a high simmer until done, about 15-30 minutes longer, depending on the size of the cut of your vegetables.

    Cabbage, onion, and carrot in Pot ready for Boiled Corned Beef
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  3. Slice meat across the grain:

    Slice the meat in thin slices across the grain. You may find it easier to slice if you first cut the roast in half along the same direction as the grain of the meat. Then slice smaller lengths across the grain.

    Boiled dinner corned beef slab showing grain of meat
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    Illustration of how to cut corned beef across the grain
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    Serve in bowls, a few pieces of meat in each, add some of the vegetables and some broth. Serve with horseradish or mustard or both.

New England Boiled Dinner
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
664 Calories
37g Fat
21g Carbs
61g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 664
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 210mg 70%
Sodium 133mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 61g
Vitamin C 69mg 344%
Calcium 138mg 11%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 1110mg 24%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.