.This easy Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any other day of the year! Moist and flavorful corned beef brisket cooked in your pressure cooker is simple to do with a potato trick I use quite often. If you haven’t tried this dinner idea in your pressure cooker you’re in for a treat.
We don’t do a lot to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but I will say one thing I enjoy is this traditional dinner! It isn’t just for the holidays, and it isn’t just made in the oven anymore. Here is our easy Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage recipe we put together this year so we could make it lickety split fast and add it to our list of the best Instant Pot recipes around! (originally published 1/18)
Like I said, we’ve made this dish for years but in the past stuck with this slow cooker corned beef brisket recipe which is fantastic, but really does take all day to make.
I used the same idea when making this easy Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage this year, and I will say I probably won’t make it any other way again!
Cooking corned beef and cabbage used to take about 8 hours. Now it’s closer to 1 1/2 hours! Not only was the corned beef full of flavor, but the potatoes I used as a trivet of sorts were probably the most amazing taters I have ever made (and I literally did nothing but throw it all together).
You see most people use a trivet when making Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage but you are really missing out if you do it that way. I like using a few large potatoes cut in half as a trivet because then they soak up all the drippings of the meat as well as the liquid you use to cook / “steam” it.
You have a choice when it comes to what liquid to use when making Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage. You could use water, beef broth, or beer….I prefer beer.
Ok so I have done some research on carbonated beverages and pressure cookers. It states there is no problem pouring it in as is straight out of the fridge but I just leave it out overnight so becomes flat.
It maintains the great taste that will then permeate into your meat and vegetables but the fizz is pretty much gone. Your choice.
If you’ve never made a corned beef brisket it is not hard. You really should pick one up at the store. I choose a smaller piece (2-3 lbs). It will come with a little packet of spices like you see here on the top. If yours doesn’t come with it here’s how to make corned beef spices.
Overall it is a rather inexpensive and healthy meal too. If we have any leftovers I love making this homemade corned beef hash recipe which makes for a great breakfast or meal of any kind really…..no thrown out leftovers here.
This is what you’ll need to make this easy Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage recipe
- Corned beef brisket
- Cooking liquid – beer, beef broth, or water
- Head of cabbage
- 2 large potatoes – or a trivet
- 1 onion
- Instant Pot or pressure cooker (this is the one I have)
Watch this video so you can see how I make it and how I make edible trivets using potatoes that taste amazing when they’re done too!
When your brisket is done take it off the potatoes. Set it on to a plate so it can rest a bit while the cabbage is cooking.
When everything is done slice your corned beef. Serve with some potato from the pot, onion, and cabbage. It is fork tender I tell you!
- I kid you not everyone will fight over the potatoes once they taste them. They’re incredible!
If you need leftover corned beef recipes we have 2 different favorite homemade corned beef hash varieties.
- If you need a Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi corned beef and cabbage recipe the directions below will work fine. Just set to pressure high.
– You can make dutch oven corned beef and cabbage too if you have one of those!
Here’s the printable recipe for Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage to print.
Easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
- 2-3 lb corned beef
- 1/2 head cabbage
- 1 onion
- 2 potatoes large baking potatoes
- 12 oz beer or water or beef broth
- Cut baking potatoes in half and place at bottom of your Instant Pot or pressure cooker with the cut side down. (could use 4 red potatoes to and use those as trivets)
- Rinse off your corned beef after removing it from it's package and set it on top of the potatoes (so it's like a trivet, make sure it's flat so it doesn't fall over).
- Pour your beer, beef broth or water on top.
- Sprinkle corned beef seasoning packet on top of meat and close lid and steam valve.
- Set to manual, pressure, high for 90 minutes. (timing good for a 3 lb piece)
- Do a natural release for 10 minutes, then let rest of steam out.
- Open lid and remove corned beef, set aside covered.
- Quarter your onion and put into pot with liquid.
- Cut your cabbage head in half so you are using the top half and bottom half with core is left over.
- Separate leaves and place on top of potatoes and onions. If you test potatoes and don't want them softened further then remove them at this time and put cabbage in liquid with onions.
- Put lid on, close steam valve, and set to manual, pressure, high for 3 minutes.
- Do a quick release, cut meat, and serve vegetables on the side. Pour some broth inside pot on top of everything when serving.