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Classic Corned Beef Silverside: A Step-by-Step Guide

This easy and delicious silverside recipe combines the tangy flavour of malt vinegar with the sweetness of brown sugar.
The secret weapon? Malt vinegar and brown sugar, a dynamic duo that infuses the meat with a tangy-sweet depth you won’t find anywhere else.
The result? Corned beef so tender it practically melts in your mouth, bursting with rich, complex flavour.

Whether you’re piling it high on rye bread, crafting Reuben sandwiches of epic proportions, or simply savouring it solo, this recipe is guaranteed to become a family favourite.
So gather your ingredients, and prepare to be amazed.

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How To Cook Silverside With Vinegar And Sugar

Classic Corned Beef Silverside with Malt Vinegar and Brown Sugar
This traditional recipe is simple yet satisfying.
The malt vinegar and brown sugar add a touch of sweetness and depth of flavour that pairs perfectly with the salty corned beef.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Australian, New Zealand
Servings 8 X 180 gram serves
Calories 627 kcal


  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Heavy-based deep saucepan


  • kg corned beef silverside
  • ½ Cup Brown/Malt Vinegar
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 large brown onion
  • ½ Tbsp cracked peppercorns optional


  • Coarsely Chop 1 large brown onion
  • Place the ½ Cup Brown/Malt Vinegar, ½ Cup Brown Sugar and onions in a large, heavy-based deep saucepan.
  • Add some water and stir to dissolve brown sugar.
  • Add the 1½ kg corned beef silverside and ½ Tbsp cracked peppercorns, then cover with water.
  • Place over high heat and bring to the Boil.
  • Reduce the heat, cover and Simmer (do not boil) for 2½ hours.
  • When ready the beef should be firm to the touch.
  • Drain and leave to rest.



Recipe Tips:
  • You can use pre-packaged corned beef silverside for this recipe, or you can cure your own meat.
    See Brine.
  • If you don't have malt vinegar, you can substitute cider vinegar or red wine vinegar.
  • Add some chopped potatoes to the pot along with the vegetables for a complete meal.
Keyword Easy corned beef recipe, how to cook silverside with vinegar and sugar

6 thoughts on “Classic Corned Beef Silverside: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. 5 stars
    I must say this is so easy and the end result is better than any deli bought corned beef

  2. 5 stars
    Yes, It tastes just like my Nana’s corned beef. I have finally replicated it. Perfect.

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