Perfect Corned Beef from the Microwave

"I was given this recipe by a work friend about 17 years ago when I was just a young bride learning my way in the kitchen. I am still young and this is still my husband's favourite recipe for corn beef. It's simple and the flavour is not cluttered up with cloves and onion."
photo by Catherine Robson photo by Catherine Robson
photo by Catherine Robson
photo by Catherine Robson photo by Catherine Robson
Ready In:
1hr 50mins




  • Place corned beef into oven bag.
  • Add all ingredients & then tie knot in bag (or with string etc).
  • Shake to mix.
  • Place bag with meat fat side up in a microwave container which is large enough to fit (this is for safety reasons as liquid will be extremely hot when done).
  • Pierce bag a couple of times to allow steam to escape.
  • Microwave on HIGH for 10 Minutes.
  • Then reduce to a simmer & cook for 20 minutes per 500grams (1.1lbs).(power level 6 on my microwave).
  • Allow to stand for 30 Minutes.
  • Slice and serve hot.
  • (Leave any left over portions in liquid until serving so the meat does not dry out.).
  • Note:- It is possible to make this in a large enough microwave bowl without the bag. The bowl must have a lid with holes and the liquid must cover the meat entirely ie. double the recipe.

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  1. I have tried corned beef cooked in a microwave previously and have been well pleased with the result, however, in the cook-bag was a genius idea! I used the recipe calling for brown sugar etc. but after the initial 10 minutes on high, I added some potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots; cooking on 60% for about 90 minutes and resting for about 20. Superb !!!
  2. Wow...this was the best Corned Beef ever! I cooked mine in the old fashioned square Pyrex dish with lid and it worked out awesome. I did turn the meat over 2/3 of the way through and added vinegar flavored with garlic. Yummy, yummy, yummy to say the least. I love dishes that can be cooked fast & easy....this is definitely a keeper!
  3. I tried this recipe because I didn't want to wait 10 hours for a crock pot recipe. I used the roasting bag but did not put any seasoning in. I micro waved the 3 lbs. of corned beef for 10 min. on high and then I sliced 2 small heads of cabbage and added them to the bag plus 1-1/2 cups of water. I microwaved it on #6 setting for 90 minutes and it was so-o-o good! I think it was the best we've tasted. No more roasting in the oven or cooking in the crock pot for me. This saved time and since I used the cooking bag, there was no clean up. What a great idea!
  4. Wanting to cook silverside in bag in a convection oven
  5. Great recipe. Try replacing the water with orange juice to make even more delicious.


  1. Delicious Catherine & so easy, timesaver & no mess. NB. For more great info google See Tip Why time & temperature Matter for cooking Corned Beef. A Scientific theory that works. You’ll need to buy an internal Temperature thermometer ?? 88-96 Degrees C. Perfect ?? temp. Melbourne Australia ????


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