This Corned Beef Pot-au-Feu recipe is based on Chef Pépin's original recipe. A superb corned beef paired with a nice variety of vegetables.
This Corned Beef Pot-au-Feu recipe comes from the master himself, Jacques Pépin. Don't know who he is? Shame on you. Anthony Bourdain once said, "I feel that if Jacques Pepin shows you how to make an omelet, the matter is pretty much settled. That's God talking."
Pot-au-Feu simply means boiled beef. Which is perfect since most corned beef recipes require you to boil it in liquid. Out of respect for Chef Pépin, I thought I would leave the title of his recipe as-is.
There might be quicker ways to make Corned Beef but you would be surprised at how much impurities come out of the meat from a quick high boil upfront.
The assortment of vegetables included with this recipe is merely a suggestion. Except for the cabbage. All others can be substituted in one way or another based on your preferences or what is available to you.
🥬 How to Prepare Kohlrabi
Cut off the stems (if needed). Slice in half then slice into quarters. Cut out the core and discard. Use a sharp vegetable peeler to remove the tough skin. Slice off the top of the kohlrabi. Cut to the desired size.
🥬 How to Prepare Leeks
Trim off the roots and the coarse dark green part of the tops. Cut the leeks in half lengthways. Wash thoroughly. Slice to the desired size.
🐄 How to Handle Raw Beef
Thaw raw ground beef on a plate on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator, to avoid drip onto other foods.
Keep raw and ready-to-eat meats separate.
Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw ground beef. Wash cutting boards, bowls, and utensils used to prepare raw ground beef with hot soapy water and rinse well.
Use separate plates to carry raw ground beef patties to the cooking area and cooked patties to the serving area.
Use a Thermometer to ensure Ground Beef Reaches the Safely Cooked Internal Temperature of 160°F.
🥩 What is Corned Beef
Corned Beef is basically a beef brisket. The brine is a mixture of spices and salt. You can read more about how a brisket becomes a corned beef here: Spruce Eats - What is Corned Beef?
📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this Corned Beef Pot-au-Feu recipe: Corned Beef, Cold Water, Red Potatoes, Cabbage, Yellow Onion, White Turnips, Carrots, Leeks, Kohlrabi, Bay Leaf, Dried Thyme and Salt.
🥣 How do I make this Corned Beef Pot-au-Feu
Rinse the corned beef thoroughly under cool water. Place it in a large pot of cold water. Bring the water to a gentle boil.
Skim off and discard any impurities (in the form of foam) that have collected on the surface.
Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook the meat at a very light boil for 2 ¼ hours.
Add the vegetables, herbs and salt to the pot, and bring to a boil, and boil for 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
Remove the meat from the pot and cut it into thin slices.
Serve with the vegetables and liquid if desired.
🍳 Recipe Card
Corned Beef Pot-au-Feu
- 2 lbs Corned Beef
- 10 Cups Cold Water
- 1 lb Red Potatoes, halved
- 1 small Head of Cabbage, cut into 6 wedges
- 2 medium Yellow Onion
- 4 White Turnips, peeled & halved
- 2 Carrots, peeled & quartered
- 2 small Leeks, trimmed, split and washed
- 2 Kohlrabi, peeled & quartered
- 2 Bay Leaf
- 1 ½ tsp Dried Thyme
- Rinse the corned beef thoroughly under cool water. Place it in a large pot of cold water. Bring the water to a gentle boil.
- Skim off and discard any impurities (in the form of foam) that have collected on the surface.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook the meat at a very light boil for 2 ¼ hours.
- Add the vegetables, herbs and salt to the pot, and bring to a boil, and boil for 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- Remove the meat from the pot and cut it into thin slices.
- Serve with the vegetables and liquid if desired.
Any nutritional information provided on this site is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.