How Many Syns In Corned Beef? And Some Lower Syn Alternatives

Updated on 
28 February, 2022

Is Corned Beef Appropriate for a Slimming World Diet?

Corned beef is a salty and savoury salt-cured form of beef that we most commonly know as the canned variety, although fresh corned beef resembles beef brisket more closely. In either form, the beef is cured with large crystals of salt, referred to as “corns”, hence the name “corned beef”.

Although salt is a given in fresh and canned varieties, the canned forms tend to have other additives including sugar and spices depending on the brand.

Corned beef is a comfort food loved by many across the UK (and the world) and if you’re one of these people and are on a Slimming World slimming plan, you’ll want to know how many syns some corned beef will set you back.

Corned beef can be used in lots of delicious recipes so keep reading to find out its syn value as well as how you can use it in dishes!

How Many Syns Will Corned Beef Use Up?

There will be some variation across different brands depending on what additives are used and the fat content of the meat, however as a general rule, a can of lean corned beef is around 3 syns and a can of regular can go as high as 11 syns for the whole can.

In most cases, it’s likely that you won’t be eating the whole can of corned beef in one sitting, however it’s still useful to know how many syns in a can so you have some reference for how many your serving will be.

Low-Syn Corned Beef Recipes

Lean Corned Beef Hash

Interspersing the corned beef with other low-syn ingredients is a great way to make the beef go further without eating too many calories!

You’ll Need:

  • 600g yellow potatoes
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 diced peppers of your colour preference
  • Can of corned beef (use lean if you want to slash those syns!)
  • Spring onion (optional)

Dice up your ingredients (corned beef included) and parboil your potatoes before seasoning, spraying with cooking oil spray, and baking in a 200-degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Fry your onion, beef, and peppers in a separate pan and add in the potatoes once they’ve turned golden brown.

Season to taste and add in some herbs if you fancy them, and then flatten the mixture of ingredients down in the pan until the bottom starts to brown and the bits come together. Then pop the pan (make sure it’s oven-safe!) under your grill for a couple of minutes until the top is golden too.

Sprinkle over some chopped spring onions if you like them and then divide, serve, and enjoy!

Simple Corned Beef Pasties

This recipe requires no special ingredients and is really easy to make and freezable, making it the ideal choice for quick dinners and on-the-go lunches.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 medium sized potatoes, diced
  • Can of lean corned beef, diced
  • Half an onion, diced
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1 egg
  • Wraps (Weight Watchers wraps are good for this)

Mix all your filling ingredients together and season to taste, adding additional herbs and spices to suit your preferences before dividing the mixture into 3 servings and dolloping it onto your wraps.

Fold the wraps over and use the egg as a seal to close the pasties as well as to give them an egg wash. Use a fork to crimp the edges to keep them sealed before placing onto a baking tray prepared with cooking oil spray.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180-degrees 10-15 minutes before flipping them over and repeating until both sides are golden brown. It couldn’t be easier than that!

Corned Beef? Yes Please!

These simple, low-syn recipes will add a bit of pizazz to your usual corned beef meals whilst still keeping you within your daily syn allowance. Eating healthily doesn’t necessarily mean having to buy expensive ingredients or make more effort than usual!

These recipes are not only healthy and easy to prepare, but also very tasty which means they’re great for the whole family too!

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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