How To Make Corned Beef And Cabbage In An Instant Pot
The electric pressure cooker produces a tender Corned Beef and what better way to celebrate Thanksgiving or St. Patrick’s Day.
Using the pressure cooker function on the instant pot makes it easy and convenient to cook a traditional corned beef dinner, with cabbage and vegetables in less time than a stovetop or crockpot.
See our step by step video on how to make this corned beef and cabbage recipe.
Corned beef and cabbage made easy and How to make Corned Beef and Cabbage in an Instant Pot in less time than a slow cooker.
Also, see our recipe and video on how to make and Irish styled corned beef hash.
Corned Beef, with an Instant Pot, is very flexible but equally works with a stovetop pressure cooker. Some people also like to flavor it up with Guinness beer, beef stock, and Dijon mustard – but we are going to teach a very easy corn beef recipe with potato and veggies like cabbage but you could also use Brussel sprouts. You can also use this recipe to make MALTESE PULPETTI
Not sure how much corned beef per person for a big st patricks day gathering – see our corned beef st pats day calculator.
You will find that the dishes that emerge from your pressure cooker will be higher in moisture and just as good as if they were cooked any other way – you can not beat a corn beef pressure cook I say.
Not having to watch a pot for 3 or 4 hours on the stove or in even the oven. While you can do many things with Corned Beef, making a serving platter of cabbage, carrot, and veggies for dinner is one of my favorites.
The pressure cooker corned beef, with aromatic spices, was just as tender, succulent, and full-flavored as if I used a Dutch oven.
Let’s start getting this dish together. Start by peeling an onion and then inserting the cloves into the side of the onion – around 4-5 cloves is enough.
Cut the celery into 3 inch stalks
Peel and cut the potato – cut into thirds roughly – put in a water bowl to stop going brown until ready to cook
Place the meat in the pot
Add the onion (with the cloves), 2x carrot, celery and bay leaves. Add water up to the 2/3 mark on the instant pot and cook for 75 minutes with a quick release.
Take out the meat and vegetables that we used to season and cook with the meat.
Next add in the carrot and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes with 10 minutes of natural pressure release.
Now take out the carrot and potato and taste the liquid broth. Season it with salt and pepper and taste again till you are happy. It has a nice taste. Then set the instant pot on to saute and add in the cabbages and boil for approximately 2 minutes.
You are now ready to plate up – cut the corned beef into 1/4 inch thick slices and arrange the vegetables in the plate and pour on about half a cup of broth. Garnish with parsley or similar.
I love corned beef, it is so versatile and you can make lots of additional meals and my favorite is a Rueben Sandwich.
How Long Does it Take to Cook Corned Beef in a Pressure Cooker?
Instant Pot corned beef saves you about an hour of time, as compared to braising in a pot and more if you do it in the oven. Further, compared with the slow cooker corned beef recipes, which can easily take up to 8 hours, it’s so much quicker.
To get the meat fork tender like a crock pot for a 3-4 pound corned beef (4 pound corned beef instant pot is a common starting size), cooked on high pressure for 80 minutes, with a 10-minute natural release. The meat was fork pull-apart tender yet held its texture to sill be sliceable without falling apart.
I like to always make a corned beef where we have heaps left over as there is just so much you can do with it, bubble and squeak or a corned beef hash. What about leftover corned beef sandwiches with dijon mustard.
Corned beef recipes instant pot is just divine and adding vegetables just makes it better.
How To Cook corned beef and cabbage recipe instant pot
Adding potato (even red potato), carrot, and cabbage to an Instant Pot corned beef dinner is so easy.
First, strain the cooking liquid after removing the corned beef from the pot, and discard any pickling spices and solids. Then, just add some of the strained liquid (beef broth) back into the pot with the vegetables, and cook on high pressure for 3-4 minutes, with a quick release.
The flavor that the pressure cooker seems to infuse into the vegetables from the cooking liquid is great and I even like the steamed cabbage wedges.
The Best Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Instant Pot
- 3 cloves
- 2 sticks celery
- 6 carrots
- 1 onion
- ½ cup parsley
- ½ cabbage
- 1 pound potato
- 8 peppercorns
- ¼ tsp salt
- Insert the Cloves into the side of the onion
- Cut the celery into 3 inch stalks
- Peel and cut the potato – cut into thirds roughly – put in a water bowl to stop going brown until ready to cook
- Place the meat in the potAdd the onion (with the cloves), 2x carrot, celery and bay leaves. Add water up to the 2/3 mark on the instant pot and cook for 75 minutes with a quick release.
- Take out the meat and vegetables that we used to season and cook with the meat.
- Next add in the carrot and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes with 10 minutes of natural pressure release
- Now take out the carrot and potato and taste the liquid broth. Season it with salt and pepper and taste again till you are happy. It has a nice taste. Then set the instant pot on to saute and add in the cabbages and boil for approximately 2 minutes.
- You are now ready to plate up – cut the corned beef into 1/4 inch thick slices and arrange the vegetables in the plate and pour on about half a cup of broth. Garnish with parsley or similar.
Serving Instant Pot Corned Beef
When you take the corned beef out of the Instant Pot, place it in a dish and cover it with foil to keep the meat warm and juicy.
You can also put in a bit of the cooking liquid which will keep it moist until it is ready to serve, slice the brisket against the grain in 1/8 to 1/4-inch slices -yum!
I like to remove or certainly trim any fat cap on the corned beef, but some people think this is the best part so just do what pleases you.
Get a serving platter and spoon a little bit of the strained cooking liquid over the sliced corned beef on the platter. I like to have some whole grain mustard or horseradish sauce on the side. To make it look really nice, sprinkle the vegetables with finely chopped fresh parsley which gives a finishing look.
Do You Need To Rest Corned Beef
Yes, it helps to let it rest for 5 minutes before you cut it.
What Can I use to add more flavor to corned beef?
There are special spice packets you can but that will give your dish a pickled flavor
Glaze The Corned Beef with a bourbon-Mustard coating.
Cook with Guinness beer.
Given all the cooking tools (sous vide, instant pot, smokers) what’s the best way to cook your St. Pat’s corned beef?
I find the best way is the instant pot – it produces a nicer more moist meat.
Corned beef recipe called for a 2lb piece of meat but I have a 3lb piece. How do I adjust the cooking time?
In the instant pot – then as long as it fits in there is no significant difference in cooking time – add 10 minutes if the cut is extra thick
WHAT SPICE MIX IS BEST for corned beef
Most corned beef briskets will come packaged with a bag of spices already in it – and these are usually good.
However key spices for corned beef are
- Mustard seed
- Whole Peppercorns
- Whole cloves
- Allspice berries
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Coriander seeds
- Bay leaves
HOW TO SERVE THIS CORNED BEEF
The most common way of eating corned beef is in a Corned Beef and Cabbage dish. You cook the veggies in the broth that brisket was cooked in – it gives a great flavor – see our recipe above.
However, the corned beef brisket can be served with almost any side dish.
- mashed potato
- roasted potatoes
- fried onions and horseradish sauce
Using corned beef to make a Reuben sandwich is a great traditional way to use corned beef. Plus we used them to make corned beef Irish croquettes.
How to Buy Corned Beef
Corn Beef is mostly found in two different cuts. The flat cut corned beef (brisket) and also the point cut.
The best cuts are Flat cut brisket and point cut brisket. Flat the best because it comes in a uniform shape and size. This makes the cooking easier and also easy to cut.
You will find that Pointcuts have the most fat, but they can also be really tender.
What Is Corned Beef?
Corned beef is made with brisket and uses the “corning” process which is a salt cure. The name actually derives from the large pieces of salt that were a long time ago referred to as “corns,” of salt.
How to Make Corned Beef Less Salty
To make it less salty soak before cooking in cold-water soak in the refrigerator for about 12 hours – much of the salt will get drawn out into the water, which you discard before cooking.