Corned Beef Hash


Corned Beef Hash

corned beef hash

After doing the corned beef pie recipe recently, I still had half a tin of corned beef remaining to use up. I could have done another 4 portion pie and popped it in the freezer (except the freezer is bulging with fruit at the moment), but instead I made a kind of hash. The fritters/ hash/ what you will were very tasty, and again, we both had them 2 days running. The dollop of red you can see on the plate is something called Thrilli Chilli which I got, literally, years ago at a farmers market.  Half a tin of corned beef will make 2 x 2 person servings or a great cheap family meal.

I had some Pink Fir Apple potatoes and red onions that I had grown in the garden, so I used those. But I will price it as if bought.

The outsides were crispy and golden and the inside soft and melting, really delicious. Although they take a little while to cook, you don’t have to stand by them, you can get on with something else

What is corned beef?

In the U.K., corned beef is usually made with a beef cut called brisket, preserved in brine, chopped and pressed and sold in tins.  In North America, it is more usually cured in brine and boiled, and typically served cold.

What can I serve with corned beef hash?

fried egg, often served with corned beef hash
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Corned beef hash is often served with a fried egg or two on top.

Hot vegetables would be just as nice with these as a crispy salad, or maybe some crusty, buttered bread. If you had grown some potatoes and onions in the garden, and served these with runner beans, it would be very cheap indeed, just the price of the beef, 20p.

You could add a little cheese to melt through these, or replace the corned beef with bacon or value ham, or chorizo / salami / pepperoni.

I have done these with the scraps from a chicken. When I have a whole chicken, I try to always remove all the meat, then boil it up with some water and bay leaves to make stock. Then when it has cooled enough, I strip off all the tiny bits of meat left on the carcass. Mostly they just go in the soup but these little scraps, believe it or not, are enough to make fritters for 2, so it’s almost free, in a way. Sometimes I use those scraps to make patties with mashed potato, rather then raw, with cabbage/sprouts. Just as nice, but in a different way.

If you wanted to make a vegetarian version, you could use a little cheese, a good melting type, or maybe some blue cheese, that would be lovely.

corned beef hash
corned beef hash

Corned Beef Hash

a quarter tin will serve 2
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
budget meals
cheap family recipes
dairy free by Olguioo from the Noun Project
Dairy Free
Gluten Free by Eucalyp from the Noun Project
Gluten Free
No Nuts by Llisole from the Noun Project
Nut Free
freeze by Hare Krishna from the Noun Project
Freezes Well
Servings: 2
Cost per portion 38p per serving
Calories: 293kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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  • 400 g potatoes 18p
  • 200 g onion 16p
  • ¼ tin corned beef 40p
  • sprinkle flour 1p
  • 1 tblsp vegetable oil


  • Grate the potatoes, skin and all. Or you could peel, cube and cook until almost cooked through
  • Very finely chop the onion
  • Mix the potato, onion, corned beef and flour together (the flour is just so the hash sticks together, leave it out if you want it gluten free) and season it with whatever you like.
    I just added a little salt and pepper, but you could add chilli, mustard, perhaps some horseradish, garlic, ginger, you could add some chutney now if you like. Whatever you think will taste good, and give it all a good mix.
  • Heat a frying pan, not too hot, and add a little oil. Dividing each
    portion into 2 patties, place in the pan and leave to gently cook for
    about 10 minutes. You are aiming here for a nice crispy, golden bottom,
    so you just want a gentle heat. You also need to have a gentle heat to
    allow the insides to cook, we don’t want half raw potato and onion, yuk.
     Lift it gently every now and then to check on progress. When the
    bottoms are crisped, gently turn them over and repeat for that side.
    Then serve them up and enjoy.


Nutrition Facts
Corned Beef Hash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 344mg15%
Potassium 1130mg32%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin C 31mg38%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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