This recipe for Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage is ready to serve in less than 2 hours! A traditional combination of tender juicy meat and flavorful vegetables is a hearty and satisfying meal you can enjoy on St Patrick’s Day or any time of year.
Variation is suitable for gluten-free, low carb, and keto diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.
Friends, this juicy, perfectly cooked, perfectly tender, and super easy Instant Pot Corned Beef And Cabbage is full of sooooo much flavor, it really is all that and more.
Cooking corned beef is surprisingly easy, so you should definitely try this Irish meal which will for sure become you go-to recipe.
Instant Pot Corned Beef And Cabbage
This wonderful recipe tastes delicious and is one of those feel-good, warm, comforting, and hearty meals that are particularly satisfying during the cold dreary winter months. And if you want a different version, then try this Air Fryer Corned Beef.
And thanks to the wonder that is the Instant Pot, your Corned Beef dinner will be ready to serve in less than 2 hours, which means you can easily enjoy it on St Patrick’s Day, whilst hunting for leprechauns or pots of gold in the winter as well as any time of year.
What is Corned Beef?
Corned beef is a cut of beef, typically a flat cut brisket or point cut brisket, which is cured with salt. The name corned beef comes from the large grains of rock salt that are used in the curing process, which are called “corns” of salt.
Contrary to popular belief corned beef is not considered an Irish national dish. Interestingly, the connection with St Patrick’s Day specifically originates as part of Irish-American culture. Corned Beef is commonly included as part of the holiday’s celebrations in North America.
You just need a few ingredients you can easily get from a grocery store.
- Corned beef brisket – this recipe calls for beef brisket which is a bit of a tough cut. So cooking corned beef briskets this way lends to tender meat.
- Seasoning packet – just use the pickling spice packet that comes with the meat. Feel free to add a few more mustard seeds if you want.
- Garlic cloves – just mince garlic.
- Water – tap water .
- Beer – just use your favorite lager beer or stout beer brand. Alternatively, see below for other cooking liquid ideas instead.
- Cabbage – For best results use green cabbage sliced into wedges.
- Carrots – cut into large rounds or use whole baby carrots so these hold under pressure.
- Garnish – parsley or other herbs to taste.
Ready to learn how to make tender Corned Beef Instant Pot? Then gather up your ingredients and I will show you….
How To Make Corned Beef and Cabbage in Instant Pot
Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.
- Remove corned beef brisket from the package and reserve the pickling spices.
- Rinse corned beef and pat dry.
- Place the meat directly in the bottom of the Instant Pot insert.
- Add spices, minced garlic, (salt if needed), water and beer to the Instant Pot.
- Close the lid and turn the vent to the sealing position. Then set to high pressure, manual/pressure cook for 60 minutes for firmer meat, or up to 90 minutes for tender succulent meat.
- When done, allow for a full Natural Pressure Release (NPR). Then test the corned beef. If it is not cooked to your liking, turn the Instant Pot back on and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Next, take out the corned beef along with 4-6 tablespoons of the cooking liquid, and remove any spices stuck to the meat. Set aside.
- Add the cabbage wedges and carrots to the Instant Pot, close the lid and turn the vent to sealing position. Set to high pressure, manual/pressure cook for 3 mins. When done perform a Quick Pressure Release (QPR) to release the remaining pressure and then immediately remove the vegetables.
- Transfer to a serving platter and using a sharp knife, thinly slice corned beef against the grain and drizzle the broth on top to moisten. Sprinkle with parsley and serve alongside the vegetables.
Making In The Slow Cooker
You can easily make this in the slow cooker. You will need to cook this for about 7-9 hours on low depending on the size of the meat. You would add in the vegetables in at the last 2-3 hours of cooking.
- Use a food thermometer to make sure the internal temperature of your beer braised corned beef is at least 145 degrees F.
- For those following gluten-free, low carb and keto diets, substitute either beef stock or additional water for the beer.
- Make sure to slice the beef brisket against the grain, in thinish slices.
- Whilst it is good to use your traditional Irish beer for this, feel free to use your favourite beer #yourfoodyourway.
- Note that cook times listed do not include the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure, or for the pressure to release
- Vary the liquid – you can use other liquids like beef broth, chicken broth, stout beer, chicken stock, apple juice etc.
- For even more great flavour, add some caramelized onions and crushed garlic in with the cabbage and carrots.
- Leftovers – is great for meal prep, make up sandwiches, hash, salad, serve with pasta and more.
Can You Add In Potatoes?
If you are not following a low carb diet and want to make this an even more substantial meal then you can easily add in some potatoes.
Make sure you use baby potatoes (or large potatoes / red potatoes that have been cut up). Add the potatoes in when you add in the carrots and cabbage to cook and you are good to go.
How Long Does It Take To Cook Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage?
Wondering how long does it take to cook Corned Beef in a pressure cooker? The good news is that it is much faster than cooking the traditional way. #winingatthiscookingthing.
The total cook time will depend on your preference for how you like it. For this 5 pound brisket, I find that a cook time of 60 minutes will give you firmer meat, whilst cooking for up to 90 minutes results in perfectly tender and succulent meat. Smaller briskets will take less time.
Either way, please remember to always use a food thermometer to check for proper doneness. Raw corned beef (that has not been frozen) must reach an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F to be safely consumed.
How to Make Corned Beef Hash
Corned Beef Hash is sooooo delicious, I just might love it a tiny bit more than tucking into my corned beef and cabbage supper. This is saying a lot since I really love corned beef and cabbage for supper.
The perfect dish for using up your leftover corned beef (assuming you have any), this is seriously so quick and easy to make. All you need to do is:
- Sauté sliced onions in a skillet.
- Add in pieces of cooked potatoes and chopped cooked corned beef.
- Cook until browned and the edges are nice and crispy.
Enjoy as-is, or serve it up with your favorite style of eggs. Truly delectable!
More Instant Pot Recipes:
If you love this easy Corned Beef and Cabbage, check out these other great Instant Pot main dish recipes:
- Easy Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli.
- Easy Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto.
- Succulent Instant Pot Lamb.
- Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin with Vietnamese flavours.
- Tender and juicy Instant Pot Pot Roast.
- And for something a little different try this Air Fryer Corned Beef version instead.
Weight Watchers Points
When preparing this recipe using water instead of beer, there are 10 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving of Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage.
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originally published Feb 2019.
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Easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
- 5 pounds (2.26kg) corned beef brisket
- spices that come with the corned beef
- 2 teaspoons garlic minced
- ½ cups (118ml) water
- ½ cup (118ml) lager beer
- 1 medium green cabbage sliced into 6-8 wedges
- 6 large carrots cut into large rounds
- 3 tablespoons parsley chopped
- Remove corned beef brisket from the package and reserve the spices.
- Place meat directly in the bottom of the Instant Pot insert.
- Add spices, minced garlic, water and beer (or substitute ½ cup water for the beer) to the Instant Pot.
- Close the lid, turn the vent to sealing position and set to high pressure, manual/pressure cook for 60 mins for firmer meat, or up to 90 mins for tender succulent meat.
- When done, allow for a full Natural Pressure Release (NPR). Test the corned beef, if it is not cooked to your liking, turn back on and cook for a further 10 mins.
- Next, take out the corned beef along with 4-6 tbsp of the broth, and remove any spices stuck to the meat. Set aside.
- Add the cabbage and carrots to the Instant Pot, close the lid, turn the vent to sealing position and set to high pressure, manual/pressure cook for 3 mins. When done perform a Quick Pressure Release (QPR) and immediately remove the vegetables.
- Slice the beef against the grain and drizzle the broth on top to moisten. Sprinkle with parsley and serve alongside the vegetables.
- For those following gluten-free, low carb, and keto diets, substitute either beef stock or additional water for the beer.
- Use a food thermometer to make sure the corned beef has been fully cooked before removing it from the Instant Pot. The internal temperature should reach at least 145 degrees F.
- For even more great flavor, add some caramelized onions and crushed garlic to the cabbage and carrots.
- When preparing this recipe using extra water instead of beer, there are 10 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving.