Instant Pot Corned Beef – Spend With Pennies

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Instant Pot Corned Beef – Spend With Pennies


Instant Pot Corned Beef is easy to make, tender, and delicious!

The Instant Pot cooks a whole corned beef and cabbage dinner to perfection in a fraction of the time (and all in one pot)!

Not only is corned beef brisket a star in St. Patrick’s Day, but it makes for a hearty entrée year-round!

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Why We Love the Instant Pot

For years I did CrockPot corned beef, and it turns out incredibly soft. This Instant Pot corned beef is just as delicious, but it cooks faster!

  • Saute and cook in just one pot; it means less mess and less meals!
  • Hard cuts of meat such as corned beef brisket or pot roast be soft-spoken.
  • Meat cooks in a fraction of the time compared to other methods such as a slow cooker or stove above.
  • The Instant Pot is so easy to use!
ingredients for making instant pot corned beef

How to Make Instant Pot Corned Beef

Easy favorites are ready in a few simple steps! Using baby white and red potatoes means no peeling or cutting! Cut the cabbage into wedges or 2-inch chunks. Use point cut or flat cut brisket.

  1. Combine beer, beef broth, onion, and garlic in a pressure cooker (per recipe below).
  2. Add the corned beef to the trivet and cook on high pressure.
  3. Remove the corned beef from the Instant Pot and let it rest while the vegetables cook.
  4. Slice the meat across the grain and serve with vegetables. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

How Long to Cook Instant Pot Corned Beef Cook a 2-3lb corned beef brisket for about 90 minutes.

Corned beef often comes with a spice packet to add during cooking.

If your corned beef is unpackaged, the seasonings may already be in the beef instead of in a separate package. A corned beef spice packet can be substituted for about 1-2 tablespoons of pickling spices.

raw corned beef in the instant pot

TIP: Resting corned beef redistributes the juices keeping the meat tender. It’s okay to use frozen corned beef brisket, but remember to increase the cooking time. Since the cabbage, potatoes, and carrots are cooked while the corned beef rests, there’s no danger of them overcooking!

The Best Beer to Use for Instant Pot Corned Beef

Use the beer you want to drink! Some darker beers can produce a slightly bitter taste in the cooking liquid but the beef and vegetables taste great.

We like a dark beer like Guinness or Irish Stout for a deep flavor. If you don’t have any, use broth and a tablespoon of brown sugar.

vegetables in an instant pot

Serve the Corned Beef With…

Since corned beef is a full meal deal on its own, keep the sides pretty simple. But definitely make some bread to soak up those delicious juices!

Leftover Corned Beef

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Instant Pot Corned Beef

This easy one-pot recipe makes for a hearty entrée year-round, especially on cold winter days!

Time given to fix 20 minutes

Cooking time 1 time 30 minutes

Total Time 1 time 50 minutes

  • In a 6QT Instant Pot, combine water, beer, broth, onion, and garlic.

  • Place the trivet in the bottom of the pot and add the corned beef brisket with the *spice mixture, fat side up (if your corned beef does not have the spice mixture, see notes).

  • Close the lid and make sure the pressure release valve is in the sealed position. Cook on high pressure for 90 minutes.

  • When the cooking time is up, release the pressure. Open the lid, remove the brisket, and place it on a plate to rest. Light tent with foil.

  • Leave about 1 cup of liquid in the Instant Pot. Add cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. Close the lid and set on high pressure for 5 minutes.

  • Quickly release the pressure and remove the caps. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer the vegetables to a serving plate. Lift the butter or juices from the Instant Pot.

  • Slice the corned beef whole grain and serve with the vegetables.

Corned beef often comes with a packet of seasonings that are added during cooking. If you don’t see a spice packet, sometimes the spices are already in the beef and the packet is not separate. A corned beef spice packet can be substituted for about 1 tablespoon or more pickling spices.
You can use all broth or all beer with water. Darker beers can produce a slightly bitter taste depending on the type/brand.
I prefer baby potatoes because they hold their shape and don’t require peeling/cutting but you can use any potato. Russet potatoes need to be peeled. Baby carrots will work in this recipe.

Calories: 416 | Carbohydrates: 23Mr | protein: 25Mr | fat: 23Mr | Saturated Fat: 7Mr | Cholesterol: 82etc | Sodium: 1880etc | Potassium: 984etc | fiber: 4Mr | Sugar: 4Mr | Vitamin A: 5130I.U | Vitamin C: 73etc | Calcium: 58etc | steel: 3etc

Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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