A spicy and healthy twist to the traditional and popular homemade canned corned beef hash recipe that is easy to make and baked in the oven
Spicy Canned Corned Beef Hash
This amazingly easy canned corned beef hash recipe is made with some boiled potatoes, vegetables and finished in the oven.
This oven version of baked corned beef hash makes it more of a pie than the traditional breakfast hash with eggs.
Baking requires less fat, which makes this corned beef hash from can with added vegetables more healthy compared to a fried up version.
What is Corned Beef?
Corned beef is made by curing beef with grains of salt and leaving it to brine to tenderise the meat.
Normally it is a brisket cut, that is the cut of meat from lower chest or breast that is used to make corned beef.
As brisket is a tough piece of meat, brining helps to break it down and make it super tender and easy to cook.
Canned corned beef tends to be very soft and is almost cooked requiring hardly any extra cooking time.
Increasing the corned beef out of a can has become popular due to cost and convenience.
It is one of those dishes you will see the photos and recipes flooding on social media closer to St. Patricks day.
Is Canned Corned Beef Healthy?
The sad part is that corned beef isn’t an ideal healthy choice for dinner.
Saying that nor drinking beer and eating bread every day is either.
Being sensible and cooking homemade corned beef once in a while won’t do any extreme damage to your health.
While corned beef is high in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium it also has good amounts of vitamin B12 and zinc.
This recipe is a healthier version of canned corned beef hash, using low – calorie, low salt, corned beef like the one here from princes that I bought from the British Corner Shop.
I used olive oil to saute the onions.
The added green beans, leek and spices give this dish an extra dash of flavour and health.
How To Get A Crust On Canned Corned Beef Hash?
Who does not like a nice crusted hash. There are simple ways of giving your hash a lovely crunch. Few tips to get a crust are:
- Roast the potatoes in the oven and make the hash with roasted potatoes instead of boiled.
- If making corned beef hash in a skillet make sure your skillet has a thick bottom. Add a little butter and spread the hash evenly on the pan and cook in on low heat without disturbing or turning the layer for at least 5-6 minutes.
- Make sure the skillet is not overcrowded and be patient, getting the potatoes to crisp up takes time. Do not be tempted to move the layers. After 5 minutes take a flat spatula and gently lift one side of the corn-hash to check if it is becoming crispy and brown.
- If not crispy enough leave it for another 2-3 minutes and check again.
- If you want both sides crispy then you can try to cook both sides. This is a bit tricky as the hash can break. I suggest taking a large flat plate flip the hash crusty side up on the plate. Add some more butter to the pan and return the hash to the pan to cook the other side.
- To avoid excessive use of butter, and make this dish low cal, I have baked corned beef hash using come grated cheddar cheese and breadcrumbs as a topping. My kids love crispy baked cheese and give the hash a more pie-like feel.
Vegetarian Substitute to Corned Beef Hash
If you are a looking for a vegetarian option for corned beef then you can follow the same recipe using Quorn mince instead of corned beef.
You can find Quorn in any supermarket. It’s a perfect replacement for meat.
You can also use soya granules for making this recipe vegetarian.
How To Make Corned Beef Hash With Canned Beef
Making this Corned Beef Hash with canned beef takes approximately 20- 30 minutes.
Since I am baking this dish, the only time-consuming part is boiling the onions.
Here is a step by step guide with pictures on how to make Baked Corned Beef Hash at home.
Boil potatoes and chop them into cubes and set aside
Heat olive oil in a pan and saute leek, onions and green beans for 5 mins.
Add Corned beef, Worcestershire sauce (optional), cumin powder or curry powder, paprika to the onion and beans and saute for another 5 mins. Remove from heat and layer the corned beef on a baking tray.
Add and layer the boiled potatoes on top of the corned beef layer. Top up with grated cheese and breadcrumbs and bake for 10 minutes.
Serve with Salad or any side of our choice.