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 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! 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 putting it in my pressure cooker this year and I will say I probably won’t make it any other way again!
What used to take about 8 hours took only about 1.5 and 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 for this. You could use water, beef broth, or a flat beer….I prefer the flat 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 don’t know, I 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 intimidating and you really should pick one up at the store. I choose a smaller piece usually (2-3 lbs is plenty to feed thee 5 of us), and it comes 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
- Flat beer, beef broth, or water
- Head of cabbage
- 2 large potatoes
- 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!
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 (beer must be flat) or choose to use 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.
- 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 flat 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.
- Do a natural release.
- 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.
- Put lid on, close steam valve, and set to manual, pressure, high for 5 minutes.
- Do a quick release, cut meat, and serve vegetables on the side. Pour some broth inside pot on top of everything when serving.
When the brisket is done take it off the potatoes and on to a plate so it can rest a bit while the cabbage is cooking / steaming for a few minutes. When everything is done slice your corned beef, and serve with some potato, onion, and cabbage from the pot.
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