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.

Yield: 8 X 180 gram serves

How To Cook Silverside With Vinegar And Sugar

Easy corned beef recipe | Cooking corned beef | Corned beef

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.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes


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


    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 peppercorns, then 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.


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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 627Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 172mgSodium: 109mgCarbohydrates: 28gFibre: 0gSugar: 27gProtein: 53g

"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."

Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry is the author of Good Food To Eat, a website that provides recipes and cooking help.He is a home cook who enjoys sharing his passion for food with others. Lowry’s mother is a chef, and she taught him the basics of cooking and baking when he was young.He also has experience running a catering business with his wife, specializing in finger foods and full meals for people with dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, vegan, and low-carb.Through his various cooking experiences, Lowry has learned what makes a great recipe: simple to follow, yet delicious and satisfying. That’s why he focuses on creating step-by-step recipes that are easy for anyone to make, regardless of their cooking skills.


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