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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage - A fast track corned beef dinner made in your pressure cooker! No brine, no fuss. The IP will do all the work for you!

A fast track corned beef dinner made in your pressure cooker! No brine, no fuss. The IP will do all the work for you!

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage - A fast track corned beef dinner made in your pressure cooker! No brine, no fuss. The IP will do all the work for you!

I had no idea that St. Patrick’s Day was such a big deal here in Chicago.

I mean, did you know that the Chicago River has been dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day every year since 1962?

I’m not much of a history buff but the dyeing of the river is pretty stinking cool. Butters and I will be sure to check it out, but only if it’s over 25 degrees F.

After we take a peak at the green river, we are going to eat all of the corned beef we possibly can.

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage - A fast track corned beef dinner made in your pressure cooker! No brine, no fuss. The IP will do all the work for you!

Because now we can make a complete St. Patrick’s day dinner in just a fraction of the time. There’s no brine and there’s no fuss here.

Nope. Everything gets thrown in the IP, and you can let the IP take care of all the hard work for you.

Not to mention, the brisket comes out perfectly tender and juicy, paired beautifully with the potatoes, carrots and cabbage, which are also cooked in the IP in just 4 minutes in all the corned beef juices.

Serve with Guinness beer for a complete meal.

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage - A fast track corned beef dinner made in your pressure cooker! No brine, no fuss. The IP will do all the work for you!

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

A fast track corned beef dinner made in your pressure cooker! No brine, no fuss. The IP will do all the work for you!

30 minutes1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3-pound) corned beef brisket, plus pickling spice packet or 1 1/2 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (14.9 ounce) Guinness beer
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 pound new potatoes
  • 3 large carrots, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 head Savoy cabbage, cut into 2-inch wedges
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Rinse brisket with cold water and thoroughly pat dry.
  2. Place onion, garlic and pickling spice into a 6-qt Instant Pot®. Gently place brisket on top of the onion mixture. Top with beer and beef broth.
  3. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 85 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  4. Remove brisket from the Instant Pot®; keep warm. Remove and discard onion mixture, reserving 1 1/2 cups cooking liquid in the Instant Pot®.
  5. Stir in potatoes and carrots; top with cabbage. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 4 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  7. Thinly slice corned beef against the grain and serve with potatoes, carrots and cabbage, garnished with mustard and parsley, if desired.

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86 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Most outstanding corned beef I ever had. Didn’t have guiness so used 12oz. lager and increased beef broth to 1 1/2 cups. We finished the entire corned beef in one sitting (2 people). The beef literally melted in your mouth.
    I wonder if you can stack 2 corned beef briskets in the same pot. Has anyone tried it?

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is the GREATEST recipe ever! We made it several times and each time my 76yo mom dances at the table singing it’s praise!! We’ve made it using Dos Equis Amber Ale and it is killer good! Thank you for publishing this recipe. Blessings to you and your family. 

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made it with a different beer since I didn’t have Guinness… Best cornbeef I’ve made ever.

    Thank you

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very easy recipe and delicious!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Best corned beef I’ve ever cooked and better that most we’ve eaten out. So tender and delicious. 3.85 lb was cooked perfectly in the IP after 85 minutes. Definite keeper.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It was absolutely delicious! During these tough times it was a welcome relief to have such a delicious easy meal to eat. I have cooked it twice now in the past three weeks. Once on St. Paddy’s Day and again last night. I’m loving the leftovers! Thanks again for such a wonderful idea!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Damn Delicious is kinda my “go to” site for tasty recipes. I had a Ledbetters corned beef I picked up the other day and wanted to try cooking it in my IP and this recipe with the Guinness sounded delicious. The only modifications I made to this recipe was I used brussel sprouts rather than cabbage. The Guinness gave the meat a wonderful, rich flavor. As expected the meat was fork tender and it did NOT shrink. The carrots, brussel sprouts were also cooked just perfectly. I half expected them to turn to mush in the IP but both the carrots and the sprouts were almost al dente. Thanks for this recipe. Will be using it again.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    This looks really tasty

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Loved this recipe. I had a smaller corned beef but that wasn’t  a problem. Followed the directions exactly. I was amazed that the vegetables cooked so fast. This was a good way to do this dinner, and I’ll use it again.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was the first time I used my Black Friday Instant Pot and it was great. The corned beef didn’t shrink and tasted delicious. I thought 2 cups of liquid was going to be so, however, it was fine. I put the corned beef in some of the liquid in a Corning casserole and put it in the oven at warm temperature while the vegetables cooked and it was perfect. I will certainly use this recipe again.  Wonderful!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    The package stated to use the juice because it was part of the beef. Otherwise, this is a very good recipe. The brisket was tender and the vegetables tasty.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Total yum ! I didn’t use Guinness but I used an orange Shandy. I also used an uncured corned beef from Wegmans … My husband said it was the best meat he ever had! And he doesn’t even usually like corned beef! Thank you so much for fabulous instapot recipe !!!! 

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is amazing, we made it twice in 5 days. Thank you!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Winner Winner Corn Beef Dinner! I love my Instapot for a variety of things, but it has occasionally let me down in the flavor department. This recipe did not disappoint! I followed the recipe for the most part, except I added an additional TBP of pickling spice (forgot the garlic – boo – I love garlic), and coated the top exterior of the meat with dijon mustard. Many reviews stated recipe was too salty, so I only salt and peppered the veggies. Everything was #DamnDelicious. Looking forward to leftovers tomorrow.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    I got a small corned beef and it was an excellent cut of meat. I usually get the meat in the meat department, but happened to see this one in the deli section. It was Boar’s Head brand. I will look for it next time I want corned beef!!! One suggestion on the cooking instructions. Next time, I think I will cook the meat 5 minutes less. Then rather than taking the meat out and putting the veggies in—just leave the meat and put the veggies on top. Then cook the 4 minutes as suggested. That way, the meat will still be hot.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ended perfectly at 85 minutes. Easily sliced juicy and delicious. Cold weight was 3.38 pounds

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bought my Instant Pot during Black Friday sale, but today was the first day I took it out of the box and made this corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots!! It came out perfect and so flavorful!! The family loved it!! Definitely #DamnDelicious

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Still in pot but I think it’s going to be great. The ingredients included dry mustard but instructions never mention Did I over see it or what???

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    This looks great and I can’t wait to try it! Any recommendation if I can’t use beer due to celiac’s? I was planning on increasing the beef broth. Thanks!

    • We don’t keep alcohol in the house. You can totally use more broth, I’ve also used apple juice in place of beer. I recently got an instant pot, I’m still new to cooking in it. 

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    perfect instant pot recipe for St Patrick feast. Coming from Chicago St Patrick day has always been a big deal . It is sad no parade this year. And no celebration at the Emerald. Isle with Irish music. This year. This recipe sure helps bring the smells and tastes Of the day. Yummy .

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was the BEST (and quickest) Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner ever! The cooking times were perfect, the meat was moist, and the taste was incredible. Thanks for a great recipe–yummm!

  22. Rated 4 out of 5

    Did a 3.5 lb Harris ranch premium corned beef today followed this recipe and it was perfect. Moist, tender and just the right amount of saltyness  (Can’t have corned beef without some kind of salty right) Thanks so much

  23. I have a Bill Bailey Corn beef from Costco. It says to microwave it for 4 – 5 minutes per lb. It is 4.3 lbs.

    Any suggestions on how this would translate to cooking it in the insta pot?

    • I think that is pre cooked corned beef if it gives microwave directions

    • I wouldn’t cook that in the IP. It’s already cooked.

    • my Bill Baileys corned beef round from Costco says to cook 90 minutes per lb! So perhaps you have a pre cooked already cooked meat package. So, i would not use the instant pot for that, either. I would heat in a skillet.  & cook the cabbage & onions, veggies,  in the insta pot

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    Very moist. But super salty. I mean it is corned beef, but I was expecting a little less salty because I rinsed it thoroughly and patted dry per instructions….

  25. Rated 4 out of 5

    The meat was very tender and flavorful – I loved that part. The carrots were undercooked for my taste, but I used baby carrots. I bought two briskets at a very good price, so I will try this recipe again, either using chopped carrots or increasing the time I pressure cook the veggies. Thank you for such good IP recipes!

  26. Can you use
    Chicken stock and Guinness as I love chicken broth with vegetables?

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this a few weeks ago as a test run for Sat Patrick’s and OMG is all I have to say. I’ve never had it come out so good in all the years I’ve been making it in the crock pot. Only thing I changed is I put a layer of Dijon mustard over the exposed part of the meat during cooking. 

    10/10 this is going to be on my regular list of recipes. 

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipe! We followed it exactly except our brisket was only 2lbs. Curious though, your recipe calls for 3lb brisket that serves 6. Is this reflected in the recipe photos of the plated dish? Maybe our 2 pounder had lots of fat that shrunk during cooking because our portions were very small compared to yours! We will make this again, though, because it was tasty and easy to make in the iP. Thanks! 

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    OH MY WORD! That is the best corned beef I’ve ever made! So good!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    This turned out really well!!! We don’t drink alcohol so I used 1/2 apple cider vinegar and 1/2 clear soda instead of the beer. It turned out perfectly tender and the flavor was really good!! Thank you for this recipe!!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Your directions were spot on, and the dinner was damn delicious! Husband asked if we could have it again, I told him certainly, since it was a 3# brisket! Appreciate the time and recipe, it was a good one!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was an excellent and simple-to-follow recipe.  I made very few changes: added more spices-Whole peppercorns, bay leaves, whole all-spice, whole mustard seed.  I did not have any beef broth handy, so I used  bullion (Better Than Bullion) .  Next time I would use unsalted beef broth to reduce the overall saltiness.  Thank you for another great instant pot recipe! 

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was incredible! Didn’t change a thing.

  34. Rated 4 out of 5

    Seems to me pressure cooking onions for 85 minutes would turn them to mush. Are they supposed to be on top of the trivet/spacer/steamer thing?

    • Hi Karl, I’m not sure why it would matter to anyone if the onions are mush? (“Remove and discard onion mixture”).

  35. No rating yet, mine is still cooking, though I always modify any recipe to my liking.
    I have to ask, I understand why you rinse the corned beef, but why bother to pat it dry, when you are putting it into a pot that has liquid. I pat meats dry before putting into an oil, but into a container that will have liquid, what’s the ROI for that please?

    I did once cook a goose breast that came out tough, and just redid the process for another x period of pressure, then the meat was real tender. So even with beef, tough beef, just pressure cook for longer time. Life’s too short for tough meat, I believe is written.

    • I am curious too. Why pat dry the meat??
      Just asking!!
      Wont onions be squishy? I guess it won’t matter if were removing them. Must be for taste…Im gonna try to make this RIGHT NOW! LET YOU KNOW IF I CAN COOK Y’ALL.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Perfectly tender and yummy! I doubled everything except the veggies as I had 5.5 lbs of meat. Hubs just got back from Ireland, and said mine was better! Ha! Thanks for the delish recipe!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Im a long time corn beef lover and the instant pot really increases your odds of it turning out great! One secret that I learned from my husband who Likes corn beef, but doesnt Love corn beef like I do… he comes home from Costco and tells me, he picked the one that felt the most tender when he was trying to choose 1 from the 100 packages they had in the case.. and I gotta tell ya it was a fabulous corn beef! So tonight when I was at Safeway I paid $6 more than I wanted ir needed to.. just to get the 1 that was the most tender. Again it was Fab and not tough at all. As for the recipe, I forgot the Guiness when I was at the store, so I used beef broth and a bottle of Miller Lite… and it was out of this world! Drove us crazy with the delicious smell while it cooking!! Thank you, for such a simple delicious recipe!!

  38. Excellent and Easy

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yum!  The corned beef came out perfect.  I skipped the carrots and just did cabbage and served it with sour dough and butter.  Perfect Sunday dinner. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    We made it Sunday and it turned out perfect. I will use it again.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    I decided to follow this recipe over others because I’ve  had previous good experiences with this website. Turned out great! Corned beef was firm yet tender. Vegetables were cooked to perfection. Sauce was flavorful and spicy.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just made this for my husband for St. Patrick’s Day, and it was definitely damn delicious! We made our own pickling spice, and it was so easy and yummy. I’ll definitely make it again. 

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow! I was going to give up making this dish altogether because of past failures. I’m so glad I gave your recipe a try. This was delicious! The meat was juicy and tender. The vegetables were perfect and not overcooked. For those of you for whom the dish didnt turn out, it is possible that it was just a bad batch of brisket. It happens…

  44. I just made this tonight and it was soooooo good! The prep time was super short and I love throwing stuff into the instantpot and leaving the kitchen to do whatever else I need to and coming back to deliciousness!! My kids and husband loved the corned beef too! Thank u!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Best. Ever. The meat was amazing…. so glad I gave this recipe a shot! Any time I make meat in the insta pot, I know half the battle is getting the weight of the meat right.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have this in the instant pot right now and it smells FAB!! Followed the recipe to the T and can’t wait for dinner!

  47. We’re going to make this tonight, but my husband bought a 4 pound beef.  How much longer should we make this in the instant pot?  TIA

  48. I made this with a 6 pound corned beef I purchased from Costco. It turned out fabulous! I doubled the recipe but kept the cooking time the same. The meat was tender and the vegetables were perfect! I used the 8 quart instant pot.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was such a good recipe I am making it again this weekend for a much larger crew. If I where to use a 6lbs corned beef should I increase the cook time?

    • Thanks, Matt! That’s a great idea but unfortunately, without further recipe testing, we cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment when making substitutions and modifications. Also, keep in mind that the Instant Pot has a certain capacity limit.

  50. Help please!  I followed the recipe as written except I replace beef broth with just water.  The meat was very nice and tender but very salty!  Almost inedible.  I had to slice it and soak in in water to get rid of the excess sodium.  What went wrong?  I bought the brand Bailey from Costco 

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great, love corned beef, and all the veggies to go with it!!

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Perfect. My brisket was 3.5 pounds, so cooked it for 90 minutes. Perfectly tender. Another damn delicious recipe from you. Thank you.

  53. Rated 3 out of 5

    Have made other recipes from this site so was excited to try this out. The taste was terrific, however the meat was pretty tough. Not sure what I did wrong – hoping to ask and see if others might have suggestions. 

  54. can I make this is crockpot?

  55. Perfect Recipe! Be sure to try Portillo’s it’s a fantastic place for Italian Beef Sandwich’s and SO much more. You will love Chicago in the Summer so much too do and see and great restaurants. Love your site:) 

  56. What do you suggest as a substitute for the beer? No gluten, no alcohol…thanks!

    • Hi Robbie! You can simply omit the beer entirely or substitute with extra beef broth. If you’re feeling experimental, this is what I found on the internet as other subs for dark beer: Use beef broth, chicken broth, mushroom stock, apple juice, apple cider, root beer, or coke instead of dark beer. But as always, please use your best judgement when making substitutions and modifications.