10 Leftover Corned Beef Recipes

Here’s 10 Leftover Corned Beef Recipes so you can deliciously transform your leftovers into new and unique recipes. Whether you’re looking for appetizers, breakfast or brunch or a main course, we’ve got you covered.

After we’re done making our Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day, we often wonder why we don’t make it all year long. Salty and tender corned beef pairs so well with different vegetable and potato sides, and in some cases it’s good enough to stand on it’s own.

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Why You’ll Love These 10 Leftover Corned Beef Recipes

Because we love corned beef, we make a bigger one than we need just for these kinds of recipes. Corned beef doesn’t just have to pair with cabbage, although it’s a classic flavor combination.

Corned beef is salty, tender (if made right) and has a unique flavor that can be really addicting. It pairs well with spicy brown mustard or a Thousand Island dressing in the case of a reuben sandwich.

While most of us do only make corned beef once a year for St. Patrick’s Day, it’s really a dish that should be looked at more often. Also, corned beef freezes very well, so if you’re not in the mood to cook after your big party, freeze the leftovers to make these fun recipes another time!

What Exactly Is Corned Beef?

Corned beef is a salt-cured brisket of beef. The name comes from the way the meat is treated, with “corns” which are large pieces of rock salt. Sugar and spices are often added to corned beef, along with a pink salt-nitrate blend to prevent the beef from spoiling as it cures.

How Long Does Corned Beef Last?

Corned beef will last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. After that it’s best to transfer it to the freezer where you can store it for 3-4 months. This is a great way to prep ahead of time for parties and holidays, especially when you’re making leftover recipes like these.

Corned Beef Stuffed Potatoes

potato halves stuffed with corned beef and cheese

These bite-sized, tender red potatoes are stuffed with sharp cheddar cheese and shredded corned beef. Top with a dollop of sour cream and chives and they look as good as they taste!

Reuben Sandwich

reuben sandwich stacked on a plate with pickles

There’s nothing more comforting than a sandwich that griddled with cheese and drippy dressing. This classic reuben sandwich is one of our favorite ways to use leftover corned beef.

Reuben Fritters

reuben fritters in dipping sauce

A creamy, delicious center that hints at the flavor of a reuben sandwich with a crispy, fried crust. Dip these appetizers into Thousand Island dressing for the ultimate reuben experience!

Corned Beef and Brussels Spaghetti

Corned Beef and brussels spaghetti in a skillet

We love any pasta recipe and this one is no exception. Hearty whole wheat spaghetti is tossed with shredded corned beef and brussels sprouts. Got leftover roasted cabbage? Toss that in here too.

Corned Beef Hash

sunny side up egg on corned beef hash

Who doesn’t love homemade corned beef hash? Especially after a fun filled night of partying, am I right? Add a drippy fried egg on top and you’ll be off and running in no time.

Corned Beef and Potato Chowder

Creamy Potato and Corned Beef Chowder uses your leftover corned beef to make this comfort food meal!

This comforting soup recipe is made with leftover corned beef, but you can also grab corned beef right from your deli! It’s too good of a recipe to save for once a year so we’re often turning to store bought help to make this potato chowder.

Irish Nachos

Irish nachos with shredded corned beef

Ever had Irish Nachos? Homemade potato chips take place of tortilla chips and we’re in love. We used up our leftover corned beef to top these nachos, paired with sharp Irish cheddar and crunchy sprouts. No leftover corned beef? Head to your deli counter and grab some!

Corned Beef Fried Rice

corned beef fried rice in white bowl

Fried rice is one of our family favorites. Every family member in my house knows how to make fried rice with any leftovers in the fridge. This version has leftover corned beef, cabbage and peppers…or whatever leftover vegetable you have from your St. Patrick’s Day feast!

Corned Beef Stuffed Mushrooms

mushroom caps stuffed with corned beef

We love stuffed mushrooms of all kinds so adding corned beef and cheese was a no brainer. A crispy, buttery panko topping goes perfectly with the creamy, cheesy filling.

Corned Beef Tater Tots

cheesy corned beef tater tots top

These crispy tots have a cheesy and salty center! Homemade tater tots are an event all in themselves, but these will use up any leftover you may have, corned beef in this case. Dip into a remoulade sauce or Thousand Island dressing and it’s a party!

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  1. K from Joppa

    This may be the first time I have ever seen a collection of recipes for leftover corned beef. We find ourselves in this situation often, because we are fans of corned beef. Your suggestions are spot on!

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