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Silverside Recipe

Easy corned beef recipe | Cooking corned beef | Corned beef

Got a craving for corn beef? Look no further than our delicious 4-ingredient silverside recipe!
This family-friendly dish is easy to make, simple and full of flavour.
Enjoy the mouthwatering taste of tender silverside with this classic recipe tonight!

Corned Beef has been a family staple since I was little growing up in NZ.
Try my easy to follow corned beef recipe. Absolutely delicious simple & tasty.

This is a super easy version of corned beef with brown sugar and vinegar that results in tender fall apart meat.

There are many ways to cook corned beef with both traditional and modern approaches.
Here you’ll find how to cook silverside with vinegar using the traditional cooktop method, which is both simple and effective.
You can just as easily use a slow cooker which we discuss, for an even more tender piece of beef.

Corned Beef Vs. Silverside – What’s the Difference?

Although corned beef and corn silverside are both meats that have been cured using a mixture of pickling salt, sugar and spices (corned), they are actually two different cuts.

Corned beef is the fattier cut of beef from the front upper part (brisket) of the cow while silverside is leaner and taken from the inside lower rear leg (round cut).
The two have slightly different textures and flavours. I use the same cooking method for both.

Easy corned beef recipe | Cooking corned beef | Corned beef

How To Cook Silverside With Vinegar and Sugar

Yield: 8 X 180 gram serves
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

An easy corned beef recipe that shows you how to cook silverside with vinegar and sugar.
Create a tender flavoursome fall apart meat.

This corned silverside recipe is a classic favourite that brings back childhood memories for many.


  • 1½ kg Raw (pickled) Corned Beef / Silverside
  • ½ Cup Brown/Malt Vinegar
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 large brown onion


    1. Coarsely Chop onions
    2. Place the vinegar, sugar and onions in a large, heavy-based deep saucepan.
    3. Add some water and stir to dissolve brown sugar.
    4. Add the beef and cover with water.
    5. Place over high heat and bring to the boil.
    6. Reduce the heat, cover and Simmer (do not boil) for 2½ hours.
    7. When ready the beef should be firm to the touch.
    8. Drain and leave to rest.


Best Cuts For Cooking Corned Beef

  • Corned silverside
  • Corned brisket
  • Corned girello /eye of silverside

5 Tips For Cooking Corned Beef

  1. Most supermarkets sell corned beef with brining liquid in vacuum-sealed bags.
    Rinsing your cut before cooking avoids an overly salty taste.

    Rinse beef in cold water to remove surface brine. Place into a heavy-based pot and cover with cold water.
    You can also draw out excess salt by soaking corned beef in a bowl of cold water overnight.
  2. Bring pot to boil, remove grey foam that rises to the surface, then reduce heat to a low simmer.
    Don’t let the water boil, as this will overcook the beef and makes it dry and stringy.

    Keep the cooking temperature at simmering point.
  3. Adjust heat and maintain a simmer so small bubbles occasionally rise to the surface throughout the cooking time.
    Allow 25–30 minutes for each 500 g of beef.
  4. A fork should easily penetrate the centre of the meat when ready.
    Once cooked, remove pot from heat and leave beef to rest in the cooling liquid.
  5. Slice meat against the grain (i.e. do not slice in the direction of the meat fibres) – you may need to change direction as you cut the meat.

Easy Corned Beef Recipe Variations

You can add or substitute any of the following to the pot to flavour the beef delicately.

  • You can substitute the malt vinegar with apple cider vinegar.
  • Add 1 celery stick, coarsely chopped, leaves included.
  • Put 1 tsp cracked peppercorns into the mix.
  • Coarsely chop a carrot carrot and add.
  • Include a garlic bulb, halved.
  • Add a couple of bay leaves.
  • 1 teaspoon cloves.
  • Throw ⅓ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley in.

Corned Beef Cooking Time

The Corned beef cooking time per kg takes around 25 to 30 minutes per 500g to cook.

Corned Beef in Slow Cooker

Corned Beef is best cooked in the slow cooker over a low heat for a long time, ideally between 7 & 9 hours.

Slow cooker corned beef is easy, it just takes a bit longer.

  1. Follow above recipe, steps 1 & 2, but instead of using a saucepan put everything in your slow cooker.
  2. Add 2 cups warm water and stir sugar in.
  3. Add meat and cook in slow cooker on low for between 7 & 9 hours.
    I would not recommend cooking on high in the slow cooker, however you can of course, the timing would be 4-6 hours on high.

What To Eat With Corned Beef

  • Corned beef with roux sauce and vegetables make a hearty week night meal.
  • Serve with mashed potato and steamed greens.
  • Corned beef with cabbage sauted with bacon, onion and cream.
  • Spoon some warm green tomato relish over the meat and serve with broccoli and mashed potatoes.
  • Mashed potato, peas, carrots and white sauce go well with this corned meat.

Corned Beef Sauce Accompaniments

All these are great to have with your corned beef.

Corned Beef Leftovers

  • It is beautiful sliced in sandwiches with sliced tomato or tomato relish and cheese.
    Try this 90 second bread recipe.
  • The flavours of cold corned beef and fresh salad rolled in a flat bread wrap with are awesome.
  • Use your corned meat leftovers by making some yummy corned beef fritters.
    They can make an awesome appetiser, lunch or light meal.
  • Dice or Shred leftover corned meat and add to a tasty omelette for a savoury breakfast or brunch.

  • Nutrition Information
    Yield 8 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per ServingCalories 76Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 9mgSodium 8mgCarbohydrates 13gFibre 0gSugar 12gProtein 3g

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