Low Carb Corn Beef Cabbage Recipe

This corn beef and cabbage recipe is my favorite! Made into a low carb casserole, it's filling and delicious!

corn beef and cabbage casserole

I'm generally not a big fan of "exotic" ingredients, and the truth is 99% of my meals are a basic meat and veggie. This is one exception that has such phenomenal taste, it's worth the time, and special ingredient.  My husband actually asks me to make this one often (and he's not low carb!)

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 small head green cabbage, chopped
  • 1 can corned beef
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons of Bacon grease, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons of ThickenThin **
  • salt and pepper


Fill a large stockpot with water and about 1 teaspoon of salt and boil the chopped cabbage for approximately 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, take 2 tablespoons of bacon grease and put in a large skillet. Add can of corned beef and chopped green onions. Break apart and cook the meat until it gets a little on the crisp side.

Remove from skillet and set aside.

Cabbage is still boiling, so now to make gravy. In the same skillet that you just cooked the corned beef, add about 1.5 tablespoons of bacon grease and the butter to melt over low/medium heat. Whisk in the heavy cream and water. Add 2 tablespoons of ThickenThin* while whisking to evenly distribute it. Add salt and pepper to taste. Continue stirring and give it a few minutes to get thick. Taste it - it should taste like bacon gravy - yum! Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Drain water from cabbage.

Take an oval casserole or an 8 X 8 or even 9 X 9 and add about half of the cabbage.

Now add about half of the corn beef.

Add half of the gravy (pretend I took a picture of this - but I forgot!)

Repeat cabbage, meat, and rest of gravy.

Cook in a preheated 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Fantastic!

** ThickenThin is a vegetable gum thickener. I can no longer find it for sale, but did find

Dixie Diner Carb Counters Thick It Up Low Carb Thickener

The bag says that all of the carbs are 100% fiber (I don't count fiber, as it's not absorbed by the body - personal choice) This does not take my body out of ketosis - I tested! A bag like this will last you ages - because you don't need much, and I don't use it often.

For a quick simple way to make corned beef and cabbage see my other recipe. Although made with corned beef and cabbage, the taste is completely different.

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