The ultimate keto budget meal, Canned Corned Beef and Cabbage is loaded with protein, is a great source of tasty fat, and has plenty of fiber from the cabbage. Hungry but don’t want to dent your wallet? Read on and I, Chef Jenn, will show you all my tips and tricks to make this canned corned beef and cabbage recipe come out perfectly every time!
Once you try this keto Corned Beef and Cabbage, you won’t be thinking of it as a meal reserved for St. Patrick’s Day anymore. It’s so fatty, delicious, and easy to make, you’ll want to whip it up all year round!
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This is also a super budget-friendly dish. Think under $5 or $6 for several big, hearty servings. If you can stock up on cans of corned beef when they go on sale, even better! Plus, fresh cabbage keeps FOREVER (well, for weeks) in the fridge, so you can use it for a variety of recipes. Or to make this one over and over.
I think the touch of onion and garlic is what really makes this canned corned beef recipe pop. And did I mention that the entire meal comes together in one skillet? It’s so simple and so tasty, you have to give it a try!
What You Need to Make Canned Corned Beef and Cabbage
- A large skillet
- Canned corned beef — I recommend cubing the corned beef (rather than crumbling) for a prettier dish with meatier bites
- Green cabbage
- Garlic – fresh is best!
- Cooking oil – I use avocado or olive oil for all my cooking
How To Cook keto Corned Beef and Cabbage
- Remove the outer leaves from the cabbage. Then with a big, heavy knife, cut the cabbage in half from top to stem. Using a smaller knife, cut out the core of the cabbage.
- Slice the cabbage into 1/4-inch wide slices.
- In a skillet over medium heat, add a bit of oil. Sauté the onion, garlic, and cabbage until the cabbage starts to cook down.
- Remove the corned beef from the can (see below) and cube the meat.
- Add the corned beef at the very end and cook just long enough to heat through.
Is Canned Corned Beef Keto?
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Yes! There’s no corn in canned corned beef! It is called corned beef because the meat used to be dry-cured with what they called corns of salt. Today, however, the meat is brined with salt water. Nitrates are added which turn the color pink.
Some brands of canned corned beef have trace amounts of sugar – if you see it on the ingredient label, don’t freak out! The amount of sugar really is minimal and should not impact your keto diet.
Chef Jenn’s Tips
- Fresh cabbage can take a while to cook down. The thinner you slice it, the faster it’ll cook.
- Don’t mash up the corned beef! Keep it in big, lovely hunks for a bite of meaty goodness.
- Canned corned beef is fully cooked – you just need to heat it through.
- Add some spice! A pinch of red pepper flakes should spice this up for you!
- Keep leftover cabbage tightly wrapped in the fridge. It’ll keep for a few weeks.
What to Serve With Canned Corned Beef & Cabbage
This dish always makes me crave mashed potatoes. That’s why I recommend a low-carb alternative, like Keto Cauliflower Mash, Mashed Turnips, or Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower.
For a little more green, Air Fryer Asparagus with Garlic or Easy Brussels Sprouts with Almonds & Brown Butter are great choices. These Easy Keto Pickles are also a nice way to offset the salt in the corned beef.
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Whatever you choose, just remember that canned corned beef is high in sodium. You don’t want your sides to be too salty.
Is canned corned beef and cabbage freezer friendly?
While canned corned beef freezes really well, the cabbage unfortunately will not. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend trying to freeze any leftovers.
If you find yourself with extra canned corned beef, you can store that by itself in an airtight container in the freezer for several months.
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