Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Make this Easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe (Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage) for St Patrick's Day! Tender juicy beef brisket classic.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this Traditional Irish-American Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe (Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage)! This beautifully pink, tender, juicy, and big-flavored cured beef brisket is a classic favorite. Requires hardly any work to make. 😉

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St. Patrick’s Day just isn’t the same without some good old Corned Beef & Cabbage.

But what exactly is Corned Beef? Beef with corns?

Corned Beef is essentially brine-cured beef.

Since the original salt used to cure the beef was so large that it resembles a kernel of corn, hence the name Corned Beef.

Corned Beef was popular back in the Times of World Wars, when preserving meat was essential.

Though Corned Beef has Irish roots, its popularity was mostly brought about by Irish expats in America as they consume it to remember their homeland.

Make this Easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe (Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage) for St Patrick's Day! Tender juicy beef brisket classic.

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Sadly, quality uncooked Corned Beef is not easy to come by in our town.

When we found out the most popular butcher that corns the best artisan old-fashioned Corned Beef won’t be in this year until March 17th, the day of St Patrick’s Day, we were so disappointed. 🙁

For the past weeks, we’ve been driving around, walking in stores after stores, hoping to hunt down some nice Corned Beef.

 

Make this Easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe (Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage) for St Patrick's Day! Tender juicy beef brisket classic.“This is our last shot” we said and gave each other a “we can do this” nod.

 

A staff walked by. So, I desperately stopped him and asked.

With a very uncertain tone, he said, “Yeah I think we might carry uncooked corned beef. Let me check.”

*gasp*

I held my breath as I followed him to a fridge in another aisle.

Here they are. The 5 lonely packages of Corned Beef, glorious Corned Beef, timidly hiding in the corner of the fridge.

My eyes just *lit up* with a huge excited smile, repeating “yes! Yes! YES! This is it! Thank you! Thank YOU! YES!” like a broken record.

Then, I shamelessly waved at Jacky from across the store yelling “Come! Look! I found it!”

The friendly staff gave me an awkward smile and quickly quietly walked away…

We agreed, it might not be the best quality Corned Beef, but we are just thankful we found Corned Beef.

Perhaps next year, we’ll make things easier and make our own Corned Beef from scratch. 😀

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And let’s get cooking!!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage


Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Ingredients
  • 2 pounds (996g) corned beef, 1.5 inches in thickness
  • 4 cups (1L) cold water
  • 1 medium (200g) onion, quartered
  • 4 (13g) garlic cloves, crushed

Pickling Spices Seasoning:

*Note: if your corned beef came with a seasoning packet, you can use that instead of our pickling spices seasoning if you like.

Vegetables:

  • 6 (370g) carrots, peeled, cut to 2.5 inches in length
  • 4 (570g) red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 (1300g) cabbage, cut into 8 wedges

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Instructions for Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage


Preparation

Ingredients

1 medium (200g) onion
4 (13g) garlic cloves

First quartered the onion and crushed the garlic cloves.

Step 1
Rinse Corned Beef

Ingredient

2 pounds (996g) corned beef

Then, rinse corned beef under cold tap water. Rinse well and pat dry with paper towel.

Rinsed Corned Beef - traditional St Patrick's Day Meal

Step 2
Pressure Cook Corned Beef

Ingredients & Tool

Rinsed corned beef
4 cups (1L) cold water
Quartered onion
Crushed garlic cloves

Pickling Spices Seasoning:
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
3 whole cloves
3 bay leaves
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

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Add rinsed corned beef, quartered onion, 4 crushed garlic cloves, pickling spices seasoning, and 4 cups (1L) cold water in the pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooking Corned Beef in Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 70 minutes
  • Pressure Release Method: Natural Release (~15 minutes)

Pro Tip #1: If your corned beef is thicker than 1.5 inch, adjust the pressure cooking time by adding 5 – 6 minutes High Pressure Cooking Time for every additional 1/2 inch.

Pro Tip #2: If the floating valve doesn’t drop after 15 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning the venting knob from sealing position to venting position.

Open lid carefully.

Step 3
Prepare Vegetables

Ingredients

6 (370g) carrots, peeled, cut to 2.5 inches in length
4 (570g) red potatoes, quartered
1 (1300g) cabbage, cut into 8 wedges

While the pressure cooker is natural releasing, prepare the vegetables as described.

Step 4
Pressure Cook Vegetables

Ingredients

Quartered red potatoes
Peeled & cut carrots
Cabbage wedges

Set aside cooked corned beef and 750ml of the hot liquid in a large serving bowl. There should be about 1.5 – 2 cups of liquid left in the pressure cooker.

Pro Tip: you can keep the reserved broth to store the leftover corned beef (if any) to keep it nice and moist. 🙂

Add quartered red potatoes, carrots, and cabbage wedges in the pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Vegetables

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 2 – 3 minutes
  • Pressure Release Method: Quick Release

Pro Tip: the optimal pressure cooking time will depend on the size of your cabbage. Keep in mind that the “going up to pressure time” may differ, so adjust accordingly to avoid overcooking.

Open the lid carefully.

Step 5
Cut & Serve Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage


On a chopping board, cut the Corned Beef against the grain into 1/8 inch slices.

Pro Tip #1: The corned beef will be easier to cut if you let it cool down a little before cutting into it.

Pro Tip #2: Slicing the corned beef against the grain results more tender meat! Below photo is an illustration of how to slice against the grain. Sorry, we’re borrowing the flank steak photo for the sake of demo. hehe~

Slicing beef against the grain

Serve the Instant Pot Corned Beef with cabbage wedges, red potatoes and carrots. Enjoy~ 😀

Make this Easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe (Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage) for St Patrick's Day! Tender juicy beef brisket classic.

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Make this Easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe (Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage) for St Patrick's Day! Tender juicy beef brisket classic.
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Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, One Pot Meals, Vegetables, Easy, St Patrick's Day
Cuisine: Irish-American
Serving: 4 - 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds (996g) corned beef, 1.5 inches in thickness
  • 4 cups (1L) cold water
  • 1 medium (200g) onion, quartered
  • 4 (13g) garlic cloves, crushed
Pickling Spices Seasoning:
Vegetables:
  • 6 (370g) carrots, peeled, cut to 2.5 inches in length
  • 4 (570g) red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 (1300g) cabbage, cut into 8 wedges
Instructions
  1. Rinse Corned Beef: Rinse corned beef under cold tap water. Rinse well and pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Pressure Cook Corned Beef: Add rinsed corned beef, quartered onion, 4 crushed garlic cloves, pickling spices seasoning, and 4 cups (1L) cold water into the pressure cooker. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 70 minutes + Natural Release (~15 minutes). If the floating valve doesn’t drop after 15 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning the venting knob from sealing position to venting position. Open lid carefully.
  3. Prepare Vegetables: While the pressure cooker is natural releasing, prepare the vegetables as described.
  4. Pressure Cook Vegetables: Set aside cooked corned beef and 750ml of the hot liquid in a large serving bowl. There should be about 1.5 - 2 cups of liquid left in the pressure cooker. Add quartered red potatoes, carrots, and cabbage wedges in the pressure cooker. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 2 – 3 minutes + Quick Release. Open the lid carefully.
  5. Cut & Serve: On a chopping board, cut Corned Beef against the grain into ⅛ inch slices. Serve with cabbage wedges, red potatoes and carrots.
Notes
Corned Beef Cooking Time: If your corned beef is thicker than 1.5 inch, adjust the pressure cooking time by adding 5 - 6 minutes High Pressure Cooking Time for every additional ½ inch.

Corned Beef Natural Pressure Release Time: If the floating valve doesn’t drop after 15 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning the venting knob from sealing position to venting position.

Vegetables Pressure Cooking Time: the optimal pressure cooking time will depend on the size of your cabbage. The going up to pressure time may differ, so keep this in mind & adjust accordingly to avoid overcooking.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1058g Calories: 631 Fat: 29.4g Saturated fat: 12.4g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 56.2g Sugar: 17.7g Sodium: 2147mg Fiber: 14.3g Protein: 38.9g Cholesterol: 142mg
Make this Easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe (Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage) for St Patrick's Day! Tender juicy beef brisket classic.

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Glenn
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Glenn

In pickling spice seasoning, it indicates 3 whole cloves. Does cloves mean “garlic”?

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Genie
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Genie

Yes and yes. The recipe calls for 3 WHOLE cloves of Clove-Spice (BUT, many pre-packaged corned beef come WITH the pickling spice PRE-Made.) Regarding GARLIC, the recipe calls for FOUR. I press mine n rub on top before pouring beer n sprinkling on pickling spice.

Faith
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Faith

I found a corned beef but the only one I could find is packaged with the spices already on it.

Should I rinse them off to reduce saltyness or cook as is?

I’m using a 6 quart 7 in 1 instant pot
Thank you

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Jacky + Amy
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Jacky + Amy

Hi Faith,

Thank you for your question 🙂

You can just use the included spice packet by using this cooking method.

Please take care
Jacky

Mary Sorrell
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Mary Sorrell

The corned beef turns out perfectly. The problem I am having is the meat is salty. I rinsed well and patted dry. I know it’s brined in salt but do you have any tips on how I can reduce the salt? Possibly soaking in water before cooking?
Every recipe I’ve tried of yours has always been delicious. Keep up the research!

Bill Santiff
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Bill Santiff

I made corned beef and cabbage for St Paddy’s Day in our 8” InstantPot and everyone raved over it. I had two large Briskets and put them on top of each other with an “egg holder” accessory separating them by about an inch. I also had first put the “lift out” accessory into the unit along with the onions and garlic. It all turned out fantastic!

Mary Beth Truman
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Mary Beth Truman

I had to more than double the time for a 4″ corned beef to get it to fork-tender.

Sue Davis
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Sue Davis

I made 8 #’s of corned Beef today exactly following your Recipe! It was the BEST & EASIEST I have ever made! Everything came out perfect! After the Beef was done & put in 5#’s of red potatoes, 1 1/2 heads of cabbage & 2 bags of baby carrots! ALL PERFECTION!!!!!! Thank you!

Nadine
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Nadine

Thank you so much for the recipe and guidance, we had a delicious meal tonight!
My corned beef was slightly over 3lbs, on the thick side so I cooked it a little longer thanks to your advice. I used fresh garlic whole, only half the water – everything turned out perfect. I admit that I was worried about the potatoes being undercooked but it worked out fine, 2 mins and everything was ready. Today I used an Idaho potato sliced about 2 cm thick as I could not find anything else, I used a 6 quarts IP.

Clayton
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Clayton

I cooked corned beef for the 1st time today in celebration of St Patrick’s Day and used your recipe. OMG! My wife, brother and I loved it! This will be my go to recipe from now on. Thank you two for all of the work you do to make our kitchen endeavors look and be so effortless. This was only one of the many, many recipes I have used from your website for the instant pot and it definitely will not be the last. You two rock!

Susan
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Susan

OMG! I just made this for our St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Unbelievably delicious! No leftovers tonight. The meat was tender, juicy and very flavorful. The vegetables were tender, not mushy, and full of flavor also. I am hoping to find more corned beef on sale to make this again! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

Mary
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Mary

By far the tenderest, juiciest, most flavorful corned beef I’ve ever prepared or eaten. It was a bit salty. I rinsed and patted the meat dry. I wonder if pressurizing the meat intensifies the brine? Wouldn’t stop me from making again, just wondering.

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