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Instant Pot Corned Beef And Cabbage Recipe

Succulent juicy fork-tender meat accompanied by delicious and flavorful vegetables, Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage is a beautiful one-pot meal your family will love.

Top down view of a instant pot cooked corned beef brisket surrounded by cooked potatoes, cabbage, and carrots - Hostess At Heart
Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Whether making an American-Irish St. Patrick’s Day meal or just a delicious dinner for your family, this Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe is easy enough to make any time.

I was a little nervous the first time I made Corned Beef and Cabbage in the Instant Pot. We don’t care for recipes that call for the corned beef to be boiled.

To my surprise, when making this Corned Beef and Cabbage Instant Pot recipe using the rack, the meat cooked perfectly. It was tender and moist and absolutely delicious. While I still love baking corned beef in the oven, this method is my quick and easy go too.

Sliced Instant Pot Corned beef sitting on a white plate surrounded by cooked cabbage, carrots, and Potatoes - Hostess At Heart

Why You’ll Love Our Instant Pot Corned Beef Recipe

  • It’s fast. Complete meal in 90 minutes
  • It’s incredibly versatile. Don’t like cabbage? Don’t use it.
  • Need the easy button? This meal has no mess. Everything is cooked in a single pot and still comes out perfectly.

Equipment Needed to Make The Instapot Corned Beef

  • Instant Pot. You can get any six or eight quart pressure cooker.
  • Glass Measuring Cups. I have several in each size. I use the larger ones as mixing bowls.

Ingredients You’ll Need for this Recipe

Cut carrots, potatoes, onion and cabbage in a bowl next to small salt and pepper dishes. - Hostess At Heart
Instant Pot Corned Beef Vegetables
  • Corned Beef. This is nothing more than a brisket that has been brined according to tradition. It generally comes with a spice packet that we use to flavor the meat.
  • Red Potatoes. You can also use russet potatoes peeled and washed, or baby potatoes in their skin.
  • Carrots. Baby carrots are super convenient if you need fast, but I prefer the rich sweetness of a whole large carrot, peeled and diced. You will need three.
  • Green Cabbage.
  • Yellow Onion. You can use a sweet onion (Vidalia for instance), or a white onion. Red onions might be off-putting and not work as well.
  • Water. A must when using the Instant Pot, it creates steam that forms pressure in the appliance.
  • Parsley. Sprinkle your finished dish with fresh parsley for a beautiful presentation. (optional)

How To Make Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Please note, that the recipe card has more complete instructions. This is intended as an overview.

Step One: Preparation for the Instant Pot Corned Beef Recipe

Rinse the corned beef, pat it dry, and add the seasoning packet that came with it. Rinsing it will decrease the salt content without damaging the flavor.

Step Two: Add the corned beef to the Instant Pot

Make sure to use a rack. This step will take 80 minutes under high pressure.

Step Three: Prepare and cook the Vegetables

When the corned beef is almost finished, wash and cut the vegetables.

Cooking tips: Since the cabbage cooks quickly, I recommend cutting it into large cabbage wedges.

Step Four: Remove the Corned Beef

Top down view of a insta pot cooked corned beef brisket.

When the cooking time is up, do a quick pressure release and take out the rack with the corned beef on it. Let it rest.

Remove all but one cup of liquid. I pour it all into a large measuring cup and discard all but one cup then pour it all back into the instant pot.

Step Five: Cook the Vegetables

This takes just three minutes in your hot Instant Pot. Potatoes, carrots, and cabbage are our favorites with this recipe. You could add whatever you want and cook them the same way.

Step Six: Serve

Slice the corned beef and place it on a serving platter. Remove the vegetables from the Instant Pot with a slotted spoon. Surround the sliced brisket with the veggies. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley if desired.

We like serving corned beef with whole grain or Dijon mustard. A horseradish sauce would be delicious. A delicious slice of rye bread or one of my other favorites is a must for any Irish meal.

Juicy Corn Beef sliced on a plate and surrounded by veggies cooked in an insta pot - Hostess At Heart

Frequently Asked Questions.

How to pick out the perfect Corned Beef Brisket?

You can purchase whatever size of brisket you need and it will not affect the final outcome as far as taste and flavor. However, you can only fit so much in your pressure cooker. I found that a 3 to 4 pound brisket worked perfectly.

Brisket will come in two different types of cut – point or flat. If you get a whole brisket, you will get both the point and the flat cut together. Either will work beautifully for this recipe. The two cuts should be separated before cooking and individually for even cooking.

  • Point cut is a rounder thicker piece of meat. It generally has more fat marbling so is very flavorful.
  • Flat cut can also be referred to as round and is a thinner piece of meat and it’s a little leaner. It’s easier to slice so it makes a nice presentation.
Angled view of a tender Instant pot corn beef brisket surrounded by cooked vegetables - Hostess At Heart

How much brisket equals 1 serving?

Plan on one pound of meat per person. This is because brisket cooks down significantly. You will need roughly 1/2 pound of cooked meat per person. Read more about brisket here.

Should the corned beef be rinsed before cooking?

Yes, rinsing the corned beef will reduce the amount of salt on the beef. It will not remove the flavor, however.

Do you brown corned beef before cooking it in the Instant Pot?

No. You can brown it on the sear feature of your instant pot if you desire but I didn’t.

Should the fat be trimmed from the corned beef?

Yes, I trimmed the fat within 1⁄4 inch of the meat. This ensured that the meat was flavored with the spices. Note: I don’t trim as aggressively when baking corned beef in the oven.

I prefer to cook my corned beef brisket fat side up because I like the way it flavors the meat.

How To Reheat & Store Instant Pot Corned Beef

Best way to store Instant Pot Corn Beef

Keep the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You may want to separate the meat from the vegetables. Use within three days.

Can I freeze Instapot Corned Beef?

Yes. Place it in the freezer in an airtight container. Thaw it in the refrigerator or thaw it as you reheat it.

How to reheat Corned Beef and Cabbage Instant pot?

Reheat it in a microwave or skillet on medium heat until the meat reaches 165ºF. If using a skillet, you may need to add a little butter or vegetable oil to the pan.

Angled view of a fork flaking a slice of corned beef on a plate surrounded by veggies - Hostess At Heart

Tips for the best Instant Pot Corned Beef

  • If your corned beef brisket doesn’t come with a seasoning packet, you can make your own brine and seasoning or add pickling spices.
    • Pickling spices are a mixture of coriander, allspice berries, mustard seed, bay leaves, cloves, and cardamom.
  • Use a rack and don’t cover the corned beef with liquid.
  • Slice the beef against the grain for nice slices or with the grain if you want “pulled” corned beef.
  • Some recipes call for a dark stout beer such as Guinness beer or stock in the recipe. Since this corned beef doesn’t sit in the liquid, there isn’t any reason to use a cooking liquid other than water.
  • Cook the vegetables into fairly large pieces. If you get large potatoes, you can half or quarter them and there isn’t any reason to peel them. I find red potatoes are sweet and pair well with the saltiness of corned beef.

Check out these Leftover Corned Beef Recipes!

Angled view of a plate with sliced corn beef and vegetables - Hostess At Heart

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Angled view of sliced corn beef on a platter surrounded by cooked carrots, cabbage and potatoes - Hostess At Heart

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Succulent juicy fork-tender meat accompanied by delicious and flavorful vegetables, Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage is a beautiful one-pot meal your family will love.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword: Corned Beef, Instant Pot
Servings: 8

Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 lb corned beef
  • 4 red potatoes
  • 3 carrots large
  • 1 green cabbage
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the corned beef and pat it dry and sprinkle with the spice packet.
  • Pour 2 cups of water into the instant pot. Place the corned beef on a rack suitable for use with the instant pot. Lower it into the instant pot.
    Place the lid on the instant pot and set the vent to seal. Set the pressure to manual on high for 80 minutes.
  • Prepare the vegetables and cut them into large pieces.
  • When the time on the instant pot is complete, immediately and carefully release the steam. Take out the rack with the corned beef and place the beef on a cutting board. Let it rest while the vegetables cook.
  • Pour 1 cup of the juices into a glass measuring cup and dispose of the rest.
    Put the vegetables in the instant pot and add the cup of juice back into the instant pot. Replace the lid and set the vent to seal. Set the pressure to manual on high for 3 minutes.
  • Release the pressure immediately once the time is up and remove the vegetables from the instant pot.
  • Serve while hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 455kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 29gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 2129mgPotassium: 1276mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 3940IUVitamin C: 99mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating




Debi

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

I know so many people who will love this.

Julie Menghini

Friday 27th of January 2023

Thank you, Debi!

Lynn

Tuesday 24th of January 2023

I'm such a sucker for corned beef. This was so easy in the Instant Pot!

Julie Menghini

Friday 27th of January 2023

We love it too and was really happy with how this recipe comes out.

Sheila Thigpen

Tuesday 24th of January 2023

First time making corned beef in the instant pot and it was just perfect!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 24th of January 2023

I sure love this method too! Thanks, Sheila!

Kathi

Saturday 21st of January 2023

Made this for a trial run for a St. Patty's dinner we're hosting. Wanted to have something even easier to make and it didn't disappoint! Will be making again!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 22nd of January 2023

Thanks, Kathi! We'll be making corned beef more often using this recipe.

Nikki

Friday 20th of January 2023

My husband was craving corned beef and with this IP recipe, I was able to make it last minute for dinner. Nice and tender and absolutely delish!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 21st of January 2023

Thanks, Nikki! We were so happy with the Instant Pot results.