Well, it's March, and almost time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. What better way of celebrating than with this Instant Pot Corned Beef Recipe and a glass of green beer? I'll tell you what, Corned Beef Tacos and some tangy vinegar-based slaw!
Why This Recipe Works
I'm finally getting more comfortable with my Instant Pot. I find myself using it more and more. It's no surprise that I decided to cook my corned beef using my Instant Pot this year.
Making corned beef in an Instant pot or pressure cooker is my definitely the way I plan on making it from now on. It is so easy to prepare in an Instant Pot and you are guaranteed a tender and delicious brisket EVERY. SINGLE. TIME!
If you prefer the traditional corned beef and cabbage method, we'll look at that as well!
How to Make This Recipe
1. Remove the corned beef from the packaging, rinse off the salty brine.
2. Rub spice pack contents all over the roast. I know, there's never enough, right? Use my pickling spices (Corned Beef Spice Packet Recipe) to make more!
3. Add two cups of water to the Instant Pot. Place rack in the Instant Pot, and add corned beef (fat-side up). Top with sliced onions and garlic cloves.
4. Pour a 12 ounce bottle of beer over the brisket, sprinkle more corned beef spices if desired, then seal.
5. Pressure cook for 90 minutes, then do a natural release for 15 minutes, followed by a quick release.
Corned Beef and Fixings
I know what some of you are thinking: What about the cabbage, potatoes, and carrots? Personally, I have never liked the fixings that are usually served with corned beef.
My family feels the same way. But this blog isn't about me, is it? No, it's about you, my wonderful readers!
So if you would like to make the traditional fixings, that's still possible to do with an Instant Pot.
All you have to do is remove the brisket when it's cooked, strain the broth and it back in.
Next, add the quartered potatoes, cabbage, and carrots. Cook on high pressure for an additional five minutes; it's that simple!
Corned Beef and Cabbage Stove-Top Instructions
I understand that not everyone owns an Instant Pot or wants to make pressure cooker corned beef. If this is the case with you, let's discuss how to cook a corned beef brisket using stovetop directions.
- Begin by generously seasoning the brisket using my corned beef spices recipe.
- Place seasoned brisket in a Dutch oven and cover with water, or water and beer combination. The liquid should cover that brisket by approximately four inches.
- Bring liquid to a boil, cover and cook until the brisket is tender (2 to 2-½ hours).
- Add quartered potatoes, baby carrots, and cabbage, and cook for an additional 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked to your preference.
Corned Beef Tacos
So once you've enjoyed the Insta Pot Corned Beef, either the traditional way (with cabbage wedges and potatoes) or my personal favorite, (with Cabbage Dolma), what do you do with the leftovers?
I'd like to suggest you make some corned beef tacos, also known as Irish Tacos. Shred the corned beef and serve it in charred corn tortillas, along with sour cream, your favorite cheese, and either shredded cabbage or coleslaw.
For other St. Patrick's Day menu ideas, check out 20 Tasty St. Patrick's Day recipes.
I recently purchased these great taco holders, which are not only affordable and super convenient, but fun to use!
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Instant Pot Corned Beef
- 4 pound Corned Beef Brisket (Flat Cut)
- 1 medium onion
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 1 12 ounce beer
- Remove the corned beef from the packaging, rinse off the salty brine.
- Rub brisket with the enclosed seasoning packet.
- Use my Corned Beef Seasoning packet recipe to make more in necessary.
- Add two cups of water to the Instant Pot.
- Place rack in the Instant Pot and add the seasoned brisket, fat-side up.
- Top brisket with sliced garlic and onions.
- Pour 12 oz bottle of beer over the brisket, sprinkle more corned beef spices if desired and seal.
- Cover and set the vent to "seal." Choose "Pressure Cook" option and adjust the time to 90 minutes.
- The pressure cooker will take approximately 15 minutes to seal.
- Let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure.