Corned beef hash

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By: James Martin From: Good Food Bites

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.37 / 5 (951 votes)

Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
35 min

Enjoy a hearty comfort food with James Martin's recipe for a family favourite, combining fried corned beef with mashed potato

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1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6.

2. Boil the potatoes in a large pan of simmering, salted water. When they are just cooked, remove from the heat and cool in cold water. Drain and leave to one side.

3. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a frying pan. Add in the onions and thyme and fry for 3 minutes.

4. Add in the marmite, stock and red wine and cook briskly until reduced by half.

5. Add the corned beef and parsley and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

6. Cook for 5-10 minutes, breaking it up with a fork.

7. Season the diced potatoes and mash them thoroughly with milk and the butter.

8. Place the corned beef mixture into an ovenproof dish and top with the mashed potatoes.

9. Mix together the grated cheddar and breadcrumbs.

10. Sprinkle the mixture over the mashed potatoes and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.

11. Serve hot from the oven with a dressed green salad.

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  • 25 g butter
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 1 tsp Marmite
  • 350 ml beef stock
  • 150 ml red wine
  • 375 g corned beef
  • 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • salt, and freshly ground pepper

For the topping:

  • 750 g potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • salt, and freshly ground pepper
  • milk, for mashing potatoes
  • 25 g butter
  • 50 g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 25 g breadcrumbs
  • dressed green salad, to serve

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This is a gorgeous recipe which we've used repeatedly. I have a few comments. Firstly it doesn't need cheese. The other flavours are powerful and should be given their heads. Next fresh thyme makes all the difference. We dice the potatoes for textural interest, rather than mashing them. And finally the red wine is a brilliant touch.

JessC75745 JessC75745  Posted 26 May 2014 2:43 PM

A really good recipe and easy to prepare in advance.
Make sure you reduce your liquid as advised and cut your corned beef into chunks it gives a more substantial texture.
A word of WARNING - there is enough salt in Marmite and beef stock without adding anymore.

GwynethC67713 GwynethC67713  Posted 23 Jan 2014 9:13 AM

Coeliac Sisters & family love this recipe by the gorgeous James Martin! Yummy! Although we didn't add the red wine but it was still delicious & easy to make & gluten free for my beautiful girls. Thank You xx

GeorginaS13604 GeorginaS13604  Posted 08 Feb 2013 7:16 PM

I forgot the star rating when i left the comments below 100% five stars no question about it..aka bunny warren.

cliffordW2393 cliffordW2393 Posted 19 Jul 2012 3:18 AM

mum and myself do not like marmite so i used bovil and no stock cube we loved time i used bovil and stock cube and did not like it so make it every week useing bovil with out the cube.just watch the amount of liquid you use.could end up to sloppy.exellent..bunny warren.

cliffordW2393 cliffordW2393 Posted 19 Jul 2012 3:10 AM

this is not normal cbh, if you are used to something liquidy then try this, its fantastic

keithL8220 keithL8220 Posted 23 May 2012 7:54 PM

As AnnetteS69120 states the photo doesn't match the recipe BUT does a Big Mac ever look like the picture? No. This is a marvellously tasty alternative to bland corned beef hash which is now a family favourite in this house. Excellent.

MarkJ61583 MarkJ61583 Posted 12 Jan 2012 5:09 PM


DAVEH45005 DAVEH45005 Posted 06 Jan 2012 10:17 PM

The recipe does not match the photo, this is supposed to be covered in mash potatoes ?

annetteS69120 annetteS69120 Posted 10 Oct 2011 4:02 PM

I imagine that Neil combined the last two lines of the ingredients into one but even so......

NickM60991 NickM60991 Posted 05 Oct 2011 2:41 PM

Hello Neil. Sorry, but I can't for the life of me see where it says '2 tbsp ground salt' in this recipe! As the recipe says, you should use only a pinch.

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 05 Oct 2011 10:54 AM

I imagine this could be a delicious recipe - I mistakenly took the 2tbsp of ground salt and pepper at face value, actually I did halve it to be on the 'safe' side; unfortunately I feel like I've just eaten a salt and pepper potato stew with a hint of corned beef and cheese, which is a shame as I cooked loads intending to freeze some for the future. Even brown sauce could not disguise the over-riding salt/pepper overload - surely you printed a mistake here and meant 'teaspoons'? I'll give it another go sometime, but unimpressed I'm afraid

NeilF82935 NeilF82935 Posted 04 Oct 2011 8:27 PM

I seriously doubt that James has ever tried this recipe. The word corned really means salted ( as a preservative)Anything with corned beef in it will NOT need any more salt, stock cube, marmite, worcester sauce etc. I made a cottage pie style version of this last night and added some left over tomato soup and braised celery, both of which probably put the salt content way OTT!

nicebutdim nicebutdim Posted 20 Sep 2011 8:41 AM

first time I've ever made this dish... it was scrummy.
I didn't add salt either but I did add leeks, mushrooms and peppers.

theresaK31079 theresaK31079 Posted 30 Aug 2011 8:15 PM

Really really nice. Didn't add salt to the corned beef mixture and only used half a tea spoon of marmite. Used the two crusts of a bog standard loaf of bread, toasted them lightly and then whacked them in the blender to breadcrumb them. Easy!

toxshock toxshock Posted 02 Dec 2010 6:05 PM

I loved it but it was a bit too salty - will leave either the marmite or the salt out next time but will definitely do it again.

TraceyH70654 TraceyH70654 Posted 31 Oct 2010 1:04 PM

This is great Smile

NataliB59658 NataliB59658 Posted 04 Sep 2010 9:16 PM

Left out the marmite as my husband hates marmite. Wanted me to add baked beans to it (??) which I did.

He polished the plate and had enough left over to freeze for futher quick meals.

RachelW70761 RachelW70761 Posted 24 Aug 2010 8:30 PM

Can only give this 2 stars - flavour is good but way way too salty and very bad for you therefore (esp a mid aged codger like me with high blood pressure etc.!) I would suggest drop the marmite, beef stock and extra salt. I also prefer to allow the beef mixture to get cold in the fridge before adding the mash in order to ensure two don't combine into a slop!

nicebutdim nicebutdim Posted 11 May 2010 11:16 AM

Personally amazed that anyone needs a recipie for a corned beef hash,i've known how to do them for years,basically self taught,just trial and error.Thats all cooking is,trying out different things in your preperation and seeing if it works.

denverdog denverdog Posted 12 Apr 2010 2:39 PM


KenA93742 KenA93742 Posted 02 Apr 2010 12:03 PM

Amazing! The best corned beef hash i've ever tasted!

AdamR69348 AdamR69348 Posted 27 Mar 2010 3:19 PM

Just thought I'd try something simple for a change, my wife thought I must have spent ages making it , definetily make it again 5 stars

MichaelM32074 MichaelM32074 Posted 24 Feb 2010 3:56 PM

Well i said id be back and here i am. This recipe was lovely, and we still have half left. I served mine with baked beans. I love the idea of adding cheese to the mash and popping it in the oven. I would definetily make this again. 5 stars.

Joobes Joobes Posted 12 Feb 2010 1:55 PM

Ive been looking foe a nice corned beef hash recipes for ages and im loving the sound of this. Plus its by James Martin and i kid you not this Chefs recipes have never ever failed me, so i will definitly be making this. I will be back to comment on how it went:O)

Joobes Joobes Posted 09 Feb 2010 12:11 PM

It was only about an hour ago (discounting the twenty minutes it took to register) that I googled Corned Beef Hash and alighted on this recipe. It was delicious and I only wish there was some left over for tomorrow.

KenA93742 KenA93742 Posted 10 Jan 2010 7:55 PM

This was totally different to the corned beef hash I normally make, and was very tasty will definatly be having again.

AnneC98331 AnneC98331 Posted 29 Sep 2009 10:23 AM

Very tasty and wholesome. A definite on a cold winter's night!

chrissyM25051 chrissyM25051 Posted 15 Sep 2009 7:22 PM

Have had this for the last 2 nights & could eat it again tomorrow it was so good.
I used red cotes de rhone wine, half price from asda & we had it with veg instead of salad the 1st night & with crusty bread & butter the second. *****

Stepmonster Stepmonster Posted 24 Aug 2009 11:19 PM

loved it best i ever tasted

sammi326002 sammi326002 Posted 15 Aug 2009 4:19 AM

The amount of potatoes definately needs to be changed - is it meant to be 750g? Otherwise really easy recipe to follow.

MorvenP91373 MorvenP91373 Posted 18 Mar 2009 7:08 PM

Serve with a dressed green salad!!??!?

Come on James ... surely you have to serve this with Baked Beans!!

RichM42470 RichM42470 Posted 06 Mar 2009 7:37 PM

The 250g must be a mistake - can't it be fixed? That's just one good-sized potato.

cooroo cooroo Posted 05 Feb 2009 6:02 PM

Nowhere near enough mashed potato.I'd say 500g's at least. 250g's doesn't even attempt to cover it.Otherwise tastes good

Ricky2 Ricky2 Posted 25 Nov 2008 5:29 PM