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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

This Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage is made right in your pressure cooker and is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations or just a classic meal. This beef brisket is served tender with delicious vegetables.

corned beef, carrots, and cabbage on a white plate

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raw corned beef, fresh cabbage, fresh carrots, garlic, and broth on a flat surface

What is Corned Beef

Are corned beef and brisket the same thing? The short answer is no. Corned beef is brisket that is cured/brined/seasoned first. Corned beef is also used in Reuben sandwiches. Traditional brisket looks like a huge roast and is generally smoked.

collage photo showing corned beef in an Instant Pot

Why is it Eaten on St. Patrick’s Day?

According to the Kitchn and Why We Eat Corned Beef on St. Patty’s Day, years ago, the newly immigrated Irish to the US were used to eating salt pork back at home, its nearest counterpart, bacon, was prohibitively expensive in the U.S. Corned beef was much cheaper.

It was paired with cabbage and potatoes because, again, CHEAP!

collage photo showing corned beef in an Instant Pot

Where to Buy Corned Beef

I purchased my corned beef at Costco. This is usually my go-to spot for large cuts of meat. Costco will usually only have it around St. Patrick’s Day, so during other times of the year you may have head to a local butcher or ask your local store if they carry it.

Do You Rinse it Before Cooking?

I don’t rinse the corned beef. Many do because the meat has been brined in salt. Rinsing it first will remove any excess salt. The meat has been cured with salt so if you do choose to rinse it, that should not remove the flavor.

cooked corned beef on a cutting board

How to Make Instant Pot Corned Beef

  1. Place the trivet in the Instant Pot.
  2. Add the corned beef, chicken stock, and garlic to the pot.
  3. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and seal. Pressure Cook.
  4. Keep the liquid from the beef in the pot. Add the sliced onions, carrots, and cabbage to the pot. Cook for 5 minutes on Manual > High-Pressure cooking.
  5. Quick-release the steam when the pot indicates it is finished.
  6. Serve the corned beef with the cabbage and carrots.

How Long to Cook

Cook the beef for 90 minutes with a 10 minute natural release of steam.

Do You Put it in the Pot Fat Side Up or Down?

Typically you will find this doesn’t matter. The fat will run throughout both sides of the meat.

Texture/Is it Tender?

Brisket is a tough cut of meat if it isn’t cooked long and slow or in a pressure cooker. When cooking meat in the Instant Pot, you should always allow for a natural release of steam. Do not quick release. A quick release will result in tough meat.

What to Serve with the Dish

Air Fryer Garlic Bread
Southern Style Homemade Cornbread
Air Fryer Hush Puppies
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

More Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Brisket
Instant Pot Pulled Pork
Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats
Instant Pot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup
Instant Pot Chicken, Seafood, and Sausage Gumbo
Instant Pot Shrimp Risotto with Vegetables and Parmesan

Save your leftovers and make Instant Pot Corned Beef Reuben Sandwiches!

corned beef, carrots, and cabbage on a white plate
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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

This Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage is made right in your pressure cooker and is perfect for St. Patrick's Day celebrations or just a classic meal. This beef brisket is served tender with classic vegetables.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Irish
Keyword Instant Pot corned beef, Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage, pressure cooker corned beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 377kcal

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pound corned beef brisket
  • 1 head green cabbage chopped into 5-6 chunks
  • 3 cups baby carrots
  • 2-3 cups low-sodium chicken stock I used 3
  • 2-3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 onion sliced

Instructions

  • Place the trivet in the Instant Pot. This is the metal component that comes with the Instant Pot
  • Add the corned beef, chicken stock, and garlic to the pot.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and seal. Cook for 90 minutes on Manual > High-Pressure Cooking.
  • Do not perform a quick release when the Instant Pot indicates it is finished. Allow the steam to release naturally for 10 minutes.
  • Release the steam. Open the pot and remove the beef. Set aside.
  • Keep the liquid from the beef in the pot. Add the sliced onions, carrots and cabbage to the pot. Cook for 5 minutes on Manual > High-Pressure cooking.
  • Quick release the steam when the pot indicates it is finished.
  • Serve the corned beef with the cabbage and carrots.

Video

Notes

You can also pair red potatoes with this recipe.
I did not use the seasoning packet that came with the corned beef. You are welcome to use it, but the ingredients above provide immense flavor since the beef is already brined.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 20g
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Recipe Rating




Thomas

Thursday 11th of February 2021

I wasn't sure as to how well I was going to like the instant pot but, I have been reviewing more and more of your recipes and I am going to like this way of cooking for some time to come. Now if they could only do a bigger pot for us to do Maryland Steam Crabs then....I would be in heaven!

staysnatched

Sunday 14th of February 2021

I hope you enjoyed the recipe.

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Sunday 17th of May 2020

I have always wanted to make corned beef and cabbage…your recipe looks great!

staysnatched

Monday 18th of May 2020

I hope you make it!

Mary

Monday 4th of November 2019

At what point is the onion used?

staysnatched

Tuesday 5th of November 2019

When the carrots and cabbage are added.

Mateo Pedersen

Thursday 14th of March 2019

I grew up on a pressure cooker – chicken and potatoes was often the meal my mom would make. Received my first cooker of my own in my 20’s and I’ve been using one ever since! I now have one that is stainless steel so it’s easier to clean than the old Presto model – it also has an easy release button to vent the steam when done.

staysnatched

Friday 15th of March 2019

Yes, it's so easy!

Sandi

Sunday 18th of February 2018

I have always wanted to make corned beef and cabbage...your recipe looks great!