No St. Patricks Day spread is complete without corned beef and cabbage on the table. If you dont have the time (or patience) to create this classic comfort food dish, no stress—this Instant Pot recipe is for you. We often turn to our Instant Pot when were short on time and need a hearty meal in a pinch, but this traditional recipe is one of our favorite examples. Simply place your brisket and sides (potatoes, cabbage, and carrots) in your trusty gadget, and in a few hours youll have a deliciously tender corned beef brisket (complete with sides!) ready to devour for your holiday meal or cozy weeknight dinner.
How long does it take to cook corned beef in the Instant Pot? Like most Instant Pot recipes, that depends on the size of your meat. For this recipe, our 2 lb. corned beef brisket required around 90 minutes on high (plus an extra 4 minutes to cook our veggies) to get perfectly tender. If you’ve got a bigger brisket, you might need more time—just keep an eye on it!
Can I make this in the slow cooker? Absolutely! If youve got time to spare, make our slow-cooker corned beef to set it and forget it.
Serving ideas. One of our favorite things about this dish? It’s dinner + sides all in one. If you do decide to amp up your spread, beer bread, colcannon, or roasted parsnips would all be great additions to this classic meal.
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How to cook corned beef in the Instant Pot
These step-by-step photos offer a visual guide to accompany the printable Instant Pot Corned Beef recipe below. Enjoy!
Step 1. Add uncooked corned beef brisket, onion wedges, and contents of seasoning packet to the pressure cooker. Add beer or preferred cooking liquid.
Step 2. Close and lock lid. Set the Instant Pot to HIGH pressure for 90 minutes. When pressure cooking cycle completes, allow the cooker to rest undisturbed for a 20-minute natural pressure release (NPR). Carefully turn the sealing knob to release any remaining steam and wait for the float valve to drop before attempting to open the lid. Carefully open the lid.
Step 3. Use tongs to transfer the cooked corned beef brisket onto a baking sheet or plate. Cover the brisket with aluminum foil and rest for 5 minutes.
Step 4. To pressure cook the vegetables, add potatoes, carrots (steamer basket optional), and cabbage wedges to the Instant Pot with the leftover broth. Set the cooker on HIGH pressure for 3 minutes (for fork-tender vegetables) or 2 minutes (for firm vegetables). Carefully turn the pressure valve for a quick-pressure release. Transfer vegetables out of the cooker to prevent overcooking.
Step 5. Slice the corned beef against the grain to desired thickness. The brisket might fall apart, especially point cut, whereas flat cut brisket tends to maintain shape.
You are ready to serve this tender and juicy corned beef and cabbage dinner and watch it disappear!
- When planning dinner, remember that corned beef shrinks when cooked. Since ½ pound per person is the recommended serving size of most proteins, aim for ¾ pound per person of packaged corned beef.
- It is not necessary to rinse corned beef for this pressure cooker recipe. In fact, doing so removes the brine and any seasonings it contains. Of course, you are welcome to rinse if desired.
- Trimming excess fat from corned beef can happen before or after pressure cooking. I find it easier to trim after cooking, which prevents handling uncooked beef. Also, the fat adds natural flavor to the brisket.
- You dont need to submerge corned beef in the Instant Pot because it pressure cooks so tender and juicy, even with the minimal liquid requirement.
Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage
If you love slow cooked corned beef and cabbage but cant commit to the time requirement, pressure cooker corned beef is a game-changer!
Corned beef is a tough cut of meat, so it requires ample cooking to break down and tenderize the connective tissue. The pressure cooker does this task in a fraction of time compared to other cooking methods. In fact, you can make pressure cooker corned beef brisket in under 2 hours.
As you might imagine, you can use Instant Pot corned beef for a Reuben sandwich that looks and tastes like you worked hard for it. You can also turn leftovers into a savory corned beef hash breakfast or dinner.
Ingredient amounts are available in the printable recipe below.
- corned beef brisket – You can use point cut, flat cut, or the whole brisket in the Instant Pot. I used a point cut corned beef for the photos on this post.
- beer (or other cooking liquid) – Use any cooking liquid such as beer, broth, or plain water for Instant Pot corned beef. I used Guinness Stout for this recipe.
- onions – Any variety of white, red, or yellow onions work great for this recipe.
- cabbage – Plain green cabbage is an essential component of Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage. Youll catch it on sale around St. Patricks Day.
- potatoes – Any potato variety will work, but I prefer small, waxy potatoes such as gold or red potatoes because they hold up nicely with this recipe.
- carrots – Large carrots can be pressure cooked whole or coarsely chopped. Baby carrots should be left whole to prevent overcooking.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Its so easy, Instant Pot beginners nail corned beef on the first try.
- Pressure cooker corned beef and cabbage is ready in about 2 hours.
- Make this recipe with beer or any cooking liquid.
- You only need 6 ingredients.
- Ive included step-by-step photos of how to pressure cook corned beef and cabbage dinner in one pot.
- Instant Pot corned beef is so tender, it melts in your mouth.
Rating 4.7 (208) · 2 hrHow Long to Cook Corned Beef In the Instant Pot. With your Instant Pot set to high pressure, the corned beef brisket should be fully cooked within 90 minutes.
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How long do you cook beef in Instant Pot?
Cooking Time (minutes)
Beef (pot roast, steak, rump, round, chuck, blade or brisket) Small Chunks
15-20 per 450 g / 1 lb
Beef (pot roast, steak, rump, round, chuck, blade or brisket) Large Chunks
20-25 per 450 g / 1 lb
20 – 25 per 450 g / 1 lb
25 – 30 per 450 g / 1 lb
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