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? Maybe shredded 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 definitely the way I plan on making it from now on. Not only is it easy to prepare, but you are guaranteed a tender and delicious brisket EVERY. SINGLE. TIME!
You can even prepare it with the traditional fixings, which I'll explain in more detail later in this post.
What Goes Into This Recipe
Recipe Ingredient Notes
- Corned Beef— You'll need an approximately 4 pound corned beef. If the corned beef is smaller or larger the cooking time will need to be adjusted.
- Corned Beef Spice — Sometimes the corned beef is missing its spice pack or comes without one. In that case, you can make your own corned beef spices. You can also use pickling spices if you don't want to make your own spice mix.
- Beer — If you don't want to use beer, you can try a non-alcoholic beer, low-sodium broth, or apple cider.
How to Make This Recipe
Remove the corned beef from the packaging, rinse off the salty brine. 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!
Add two cups of water to the Instant Pot and place the rack inside. Add corned beef (fat-side up) and top with sliced onions and garlic cloves.
Pour a 12-ounce bottle of beer over the brisket and sprinkle with more corned beef spices if desired. Lock lid in place and seal.
Pressure cook for 90 minutes, then do a natural release for 15 minutes, followed by a quick release.
Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots, and Potatoes
I know what some of you are thinking: What about cabbage, potatoes, and carrots? Personally, I have never liked the fixings that are usually served with corned beef.
But if you would like to make the traditional fixings, you can do so with an Instant Pot. All you have to do is remove the brisket when it's cooked, then strain the broth, and pour it back in.
Add the quartered potatoes, cabbage, and carrots. Lock the lid into place and set the lever to seal. Cook on high pressure for an additional five minutes; it's that simple!
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 just follow the instructions below:
- Begin by generously seasoning the brisket using my corned beef spices recipe.
- Place seasoned brisket in a Dutch oven and cover with water or a combination of water and beer. The liquid should cover that brisket by approximately four inches.
- Bring the liquid to a boil, then 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.
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 that 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 or Round)
- 1 medium onion
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 1 12 ounce beer
- Remove the corned beef from the packaging, rinse off the salty brine. 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!
- Add two cups of water to the Instant Pot and place the rack inside. Add corned beef (fat-side up) and top with sliced onions and garlic cloves.
- Pour a 12-ounce bottle of beer over the brisket and sprinkle with more corned beef spices if desired. Lock lid in place and seal.
- Pressure cook for 90 minutes, then do a natural release for 15 minutes, followed by a quick release.