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This spiced beef roast is braised in beer and broth, making it juicy and tender.  Cabbage, carrots and little red potatoes complete this delicious meal in the instant pot. You will love this Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage whether it is for St. Patrick’s Day or just a weekday meal. 

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage on white platter

INSTANT POT CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE

We are still a month and half away from St. Patrick’s Day but I wanted to share this Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage with you guys now so you have it on hand. 

I don’t eat corned beef often but when March rolls around I do enjoy it.

You might think that corned beef is what they eat in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day but it is actually not.

It is typically eaten in the U.S. 

When the Irish Immigrants arrived in the U.S. they were looking for comforting food from their home. On St. Patrick’s Day that was usually boiled bacon.

But in the U.S. many immigrants were poor and couldn’t afford pork or bacon.

They then turned to beef brisket, which was a cheaper cut of meat. 

Rather than boiling corned beef, the Irish used a technique from Eastern Europe called brining, or salt curing. 

This has now become a meal that many Americans eat in March in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage on plate

I especially like this recipe because it cooks in the instant pot making it so easy with little clean-up. 

The leftover corned beef works great in a Reuben Sandwich or in this Quick and Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Casserole.

Grab yourself a Guinness, some Irish Soda Bread and make put this delicious corned beef in the pressure cooker. Your family will love it! 

WHAT DO I NEED TO GET STARTED?

  • INSTANT POT This recipe is made in an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. I love how easy this recipe is and how tender it comes out. 
  • INSTANT POT TRIVET: The metal rack that comes with the instant pot is the trivet. You will set that on the bottom of the Instant Pot when you start and place everything on top of that. This helps to lift the meat out of the pressure cooker when it is done cooking. 
  • PLATTER FOR SERVING: I like to serve corned beef and cabbage on a nice, big platter for my guests. 

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage on white plate

WHAT IS CORNED BEEF?

Corned beef is a beef brisket that has been salt cured. It is a toucher piece of meat so the salt curing process helps to tenderize it.

You will notice a packet of spices are often included when you buy corned beef there is a special spice blend or spices included.

The spices are a mixture of mustard seed, allspice, coriander, cloves, black peppercorns, and cardamom pods.

Corned beef takes a brisket, which is a tough piece of meat and tenderizes it through the curing process.

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage ingredients

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED FOR THIS CORNED BEEF RECIPE?

  • CORNED BEEF ROAST: You will want to look for a 2.5 to 3 pound corned beef roast. The roast I buy always comes with the package of spices that you will need for cooking this recipe. If it doesn’t you can make your own here.
  • GARLIC: This recipe calls for 4 cloves, you can add more if you want even more flavor.
  • POTATOES: I used red potatoes in this corned beef recipe but any potato you have on hand works. You want them to be on the small side of you can chop bigger potatoes into chunks.
  • CABBAGE: If you are making corned beef you have to have cabbage alongside it. 
  • VEGETABLES: I added chopped carrots and onions to this recipe. You can also add celery if you want. 

 

  • GUINNESS BEER: -I find this to be a nice beer for this recipe but you can use whichever kind you want.  Keep in mind the style of beef might alter the flavor a bit. So if it is a lighter, pale beef it will have less impact as a heavier beef. If you don’t want to use beef you can replace it with beef broth. 
  • BEEF BROTH: The beef broth is used to help tenderize and flavor the meat while it cooks in the Instant Pot
  • HERBS: The bay leaves and the parsley are added for extra flavor. I used fresh parsley but you can use dried if that is all you have on hand. 
  • WHOLE GRAIN MUSTARD: This is a wonderful addition once the meat has cooked, but it is optional. It helps create a nice layer of flavor on the outside of the corned beef. 

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage with mustard

HOW TO COOK CORNED BEEF

Place the trivet in the instant pot.

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage trivet

Then and place the sliced onions, bay leaves and garlic in the pot. 

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage with onion

Place the meat on the onions and sprinkle with the spice packet.

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage brisket in the pressure cooker

Pour the broth and beer into the pot, careful not to “wash” the spices off the meat.

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage with beer

Seal the meat in the instant pot and set on high for 85 minutes.

When the meat is finished, do a quick release.

Remove the meat and keep someplace where it will stay warm.

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage with spices

Strain 2 cups of the broth and throw out the spices and onions.

Place the potatoes, carrots and cabbage in the pot, pour the broth over the vegetables.

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage in pressure cooker

Seal the pot and set on high for 5 minutes.

Quick release when time has finished.

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage with herbs

Remove vegetables and place on a plate with the meat.

Garnish the meat with whole grain mustard and parsley.

Slice and serve.

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage above

HOW DO YOU STORE LEFTOVERS?

  • Place leftovers in a airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Leftovers may also be frozen for up to 2 months.

WHAT DO YOU SERVE WITH CORNED BEEF?

I like to serve a light salad with this meal like this Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts,   Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad or this Brussels Sprout Apple Goat Cheese Salad.

Serving bread is always a great addition to corned beef and cabbage. I especially like this Irish Soda Bread or Simple Sourdough Bread. 

While there is carrots in this recipe I like too serve another vegetable dish with it. Some favorites are these Green Beans with Brown Butter and Toasted Almonds, Roasted Broccoli and this Roasted Parmesan Garlic Cauliflower

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage with fork

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage on white platter

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

This spiced beef roast is braised in beer and broth, making it juicy and tender.  Cabbage, carrots and little red potatoes complete this delicious meal in the instant pot. You will love this Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage whether it is for St. Patrick's Day or just a weekday meal. 

Ingredients

  • 2.5 - 3 pound corned beef with spice packet
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 cup Beef broth
  • 1 - 14.6 ounce can Guinness beer {or beer of your choice}
  • 3 large carrots, peeled, cut into large chunks
  • 1 ½ pounds small red potatoes {or larger potatoes cut into chunks}
  • 1 small cabbage, cut into wedges
  • 2 Tablespoons whole grain mustard, optional
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

Instructions

    1. Place the trivet in the instant pot and place the sliced onions, bay leaves and garlic in the pot.
    2. Place the meat on the onions and sprinkle with the spice packet.
    3. Pour the broth and beer into the pot, careful not to “wash” the spices off the meat.
    4. Seal the meat in the instant pot and set on high for 85 minutes.
    5. When the meat is finished, do a quick release.
    6. Remove the meat and keep someplace where it will stay warm.
    7. Strain 2 cups of the broth and throw out the spices and onions.
    8. Place the potatoes, carrots and cabbage in the pot, pour the broth over the vegetables.
    9. Seal the pot and set on high for 5 minutes.
    10. Quick release when time has finished.
    11. Remove vegetables and place on a plate with the meat. Garnish the meat with whole grain mustard and parsley.
    12. Slice and serve.

Notes

Place leftovers in a airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Leftovers may also be frozen for up to 2 months.

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Susan

Sunday 7th of February 2021

can this recipe be made in the crock pot as well?

Julia

Monday 8th of February 2021

Yes- place the vegetables into the bottom of a slow cooker except for the cabbage, pour in the water, and place the brisket on top of the vegetables. Pour the beer over the brisket. Sprinkle on the spices from the packet, cover, and set the cooker on High.

Step 2 Cook the brisket for about 8 hours. An hour before serving, stir in the cabbage and cook for 1 more hour.

Ellie

Sunday 24th of January 2021

How do I fix this if I don't own an instapot?

Julia

Sunday 24th of January 2021

If you want to do it in the oven follow this: Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender.

Add whole potatoes and carrots, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender. Add cabbage and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove meat and let rest 15 minutes.

Place vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth (cooking liquid reserved in the Dutch oven or large pot) as you want. Slice meat across the grain.

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