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Caribbean Corn Beef and Cabbage

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Caribbean Corn Beef and Cabbage –  An aromatic stir fried  cabbage  and corn beef  cooked the caribbean Style  with aromatics  . Easy peasy weeknight meal.

Caribbean food is all about creating robust flavors with the help of distinct spices and herbs like thyme, garlic, and scotch bonnet pepper , which are readily available in the region.  These flavors easily spice up a dish without hours of cooking .

Corned beef (also called bully beef) in the some parts of the Islands  and cabbage  is one of those meals that these spices come in handy . Quickly  permeating every inch of it with  it’s lovely aroma and leave you wanting to eat  right out  the pot -Guilty! 


You may be hesitant about the use of canned corned beef but is extensively  used in African , Caribbean and South American Countries . I remember  as a child, we always had a can or two readily  available for a quick meal. 

One of those meals that not only does it satisfy  but  always brings back tons of memories .

Every once in a while I like to go down memory lane … I’ll admit I don’t make this as much.

Just pick a brand of canned corned beef that offers a quality product. It should have a good beefy flavor, shouldn’t be overly salty and the right meat to fat ratio is a must for that signature melt in your mouth factor.

After taking care of the beef selection, this recipe is almost too easy. Since the protein is cooked, all you have to do is shred the cabbage, add it to a hot skillet with the other additions, sauté until tender yet crisp, incorporate the beef and you’re done. The result is a one skillet dish with enticing aromas, mouthwatering textures, and simple yet robust flavors. The cabbage is tender with just the right amount of crunch while the meat is expectedly beefy and melts on the tongue. On top of that, the dish’s heat level is just right.

Rice is  the perfect base for the dish since it provides some balance, prevents the canned beef’s salt level from overwhelming and controls the pungent aroma of cooked cabbage. 

Add some fried egg sunny side to the mix to make it more enticing .



Caribbean Corn Beef and Cabbage

Prep Time

15 mins

Cook Time

35 mins

Total Time

50 mins

Caribbean Corn Beef and Cabbage –  An aromatic stir fried  cabbage  and corn beef  cooked the Caribbean Style  with aromatics. Easy peasy weeknight meal.

Course: Main

Cuisine: Caribbean

Servings: 5 people

Calories: 339 kcal

Author: African Bites


  • 1 canned Corn beef (12 ounce  )
  • 3   tablespoons or more cooking oil
  • 1   medium onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1   teaspoon allspice
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1-2 tomatoes , chopped
  • ½ medium bell pepper , chopped
  • 1 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 small head cabbage , chopped (about 5 to 6 cups)
  • Salt and white pepper to taste


  1. Slice or chop cabbage then set aside.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add  about 3 Tablespoons or more oil to skillet. Followed by onions, garlic,  thyme, allspice  and  scotch bonnet pepper. Saute for about 2-3 minutes until fragrant , stirring occasionally to prevent any burns.

  3. Toss in green onions,  tomatoes ,  bell pepper , paprika  and white pepper , cook for an additional 2-3  minutes .

  4. Then add  cabbage, stir  to incorporate all the ingredients. Cook for about 5-7 minutes . Add a small amount of water as you go. (see notes ). Adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper .

  5. Add chunks of corned beef  to the cabbage . Cover and let it cook until cabbage has reached desired doness  depending on preference .

  6. Serve with rice, dumplings  and or/ boiled bananas

Recipe Notes

  1. When cooking with cabbage it’s important to note that it  naturally contains water in its leaves. So start  by adding just a small amount of water.  And add more as cabbage cooks, add more or less as you cook.  You  do not want too much liquid in your dish.
  2.  Be mindful of the fact that Corn beef is salty so air on the side of less salt . You may add more as you go.
  3.  If you  like  chunks of corn beef  , do not stir after you add.

Nutrition Facts

Caribbean Corn Beef and Cabbage

Amount Per Serving

Calories 339 Calories from Fat 207

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 23g 35%

Saturated Fat 6g 30%

Cholesterol 69mg 23%

Sodium 1591mg 66%

Potassium 700mg 20%

Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%

Dietary Fiber 4g 16%

Sugars 5g

Protein 21g 42%

Vitamin A 15.1%

Vitamin C 121.8%

Calcium 7.4%

Iron 17.3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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