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Learn how to make Instant Pot Corned Beef in under 2 hours with very minimal hands-on time so you can kick back and relax!
This recipe was originally published in March 2018. It has been updated for content to better meet your needs.
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner guys. The best thing about St. Patrick’s Day is the corned beef. Seriously. Corned beef is so good.
The first time I ever went to the boyfriend’s parents house for dinner, we had corned beef. I remember being appalled that his dad was cutting the fat off of it. The fat is my favorite part. So full of delicious flavors.
It’s now become a joke each year. His dad doesn’t cut the fat off anymore though.
**If you have leftover corned beef, don’t forget to make this Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup.
I love my Instant Pot. I mean, I really think it’s becoming serious. I don’t know how we ever lived without each other.
If you haven’t made the plunge yet, it’s totally worth it. It will change your life. I recommend reading this full review of the Instant Pot to decide whether it’s right for you.Why This Instant Pot Corned Beef Recipe Works
The Instant Pot speeds up the cooking process and the pressure helps the corned beef to become buttery and tender.
The garlic adds just a touch of delicious garlic flavor (if you’e into that kind of thing – I am).
Adding just enough liquid in the bottom of the Instant Pot is what keeps the pressure up and allows the meat to get so tender.
How to Make Instant Pot Corned Beef
First off, you’ll want to rinse your brisket to get rid of all that excess brine.
Place the steamer rack in your IP and set the brisket on top. Open the seasoning packet and rub it on top of the brisket.
Throw the garlic cloves on top (we LOVE garlic). Pour just enough water in to cover the bottom of the IP (I use about 1 1/2 cups water). Don’t forget this part because the water helps create the pressure that cooks your delicious meat.
Set the IP to pressure cook on high for 90 minutes.
Now, go binge on some Netflix while your delicious melt-in-your-mouth corned beef cooks away.
After it’s done (your IP will tell you – like I said, it’s awesome), Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes then use the quick release to release any remaining pressure.
Remove your corned beef, let it sit for 10-15 minutes to cool/rest, then slice against the grain. If you can wait. I had the boyfriend cut it with his hands of steel so I didn’t have to wait.
What to Serve With Instant Pot Corned Beef
Potatoes, cabbage and carrots are the traditional sides to corned beef. After the corned beef is done cooking, you can reserve the liquid and place some potatoes and cabbage in the Instant Pot. Pressure cook on high for 3 minutes then use the quick release.
Or stay tuned, I use mine to make this super easy and soul satisfying Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup.
Use a flat style corned beef brisket for the best results.
Replace the stock with beer if desired.
Letting the pressure release naturally helps the meat to stay tender. Be patient.
Make sure to slice the corned beef against the grain so it stay tender.
Can Corned Beef be Made Ahead of Time?
Make the corned beef according to the recipe instructions, and store in the fridge (in a covered container) for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a 350 degree oven until warmed through.
Can Corned Beef Be Frozen?
Make the corned beef according to the recipe instructions and slice. Place in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the microwave or a 350 degree oven until heated through.
How Can I Use Corned Beef?
The Instant Pot Corned Beef is delicious eaten on it’s own with a touch of mustard, but also is great used in these dishes:
– Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup – Went Here 8 This
– Corned Beef Tacos – Half Baked Harvest
– Corned Beef Hash – The Modern Proper
– Corned Beef and Cabbage Egg Rolls – Grits and Pinecones
– Irish Baked Potato Soup – Host the Toast
– Rueben Sandwich – Foodie Crush
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Instant Pot Corned Beef
- 3 lbs. flat corned beef brisket, with seasoning packet
- 5 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1-1/2 cups beef broth
- Remove corned beef from package and rinse thoroughly.
- Place in the Instant Pot on the steamer rack. Rub the seasoning packet on the top and place crushed garlic cloves on top.
- Add the beef broth, enough to cover the bottom of the Instant Pot.
- Pressure cook on high for 90 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes then use the quick release to release any remaining pressure.
- Remove from Instant Pot, let cool for 10-15 minutes then slice. Serve with potatoes, carrots and cabbage if desired (see cook's notes below).
- Use a flat style corned beef brisket for the best results.
- Replace the stock with beer if desired.
- Letting the pressure release naturally helps the meat to stay tender. Be patient.
- Make sure to slice the corned beef against the grain so it stay tender.
- To cook potatoes, cabbage and carrots: After the corned beef is done cooking, you can reserve the liquid and place potatoes, cabbage and carrots in the Instant Pot. Pressure cook on high for 3-4 minutes then use the quick release.
More Quick Cooking Meats in the Instant Pot: