Instant Pot Corned Beef is one of the easiest ways to prepare corned beef. Enjoy a tender corned beef, the brisket will be tender, you never knew it was possible to make it so tender.
Sitting down to a dinner of corned beef and cabbage is all about comfort. It may not be fancy, but it sure is a hearty, satisfying and delicious meal. There’s just one huge problem when it comes to eating corned beef and cabbage at home: It takes so long to cook! Making corned beef on the stovetop takes over 3 hours of constant babysitting. Although using a slow-cooker is a more hands-off method, slow-cooking corned beef needs up to ten hours! Who has time for that? But if you have a pressure cooker, you can make perfectly tender corned beef in about 90 minutes with this Instant Pot Corned Beef recipe. Now there is no more excuse to restrict corned beef and cabbage to special occasions!
What is Corned Beef?
Corned beef is a versatile way to prepare beef, and you have probably have eaten it with cabbage, between two slices of rye bread, or even in your breakfast hash, But what do you know about corned beef?
The name “corned beef” has nothing to do with corn, the vegetable, but the meat’s preparation process. Corning, or salt curing, was a popular way of preservation before the invention of refrigeration.
Corned beef comes from the brisket, a large, tough cut of meat that requires plenty of cooking before it is tender enough to eat. Typically, supermarkets sell corned beef brisket in two different sections, the pointcut, and the flat cut. The pointcut has significantly more fat, and therefore it is more tender than the flat cut when cooked and usually more expensive. Flat cut corned beef is much leaner and more uniform in shape that helps it cook more evenly.
Treat Your Corned Beef Well
Quality corned beef can be a little on the pricey side, especially if you choose the pointcut, so you don’t want to make a mistake when cooking. While cooking in an Instant Pot helps prevent the main pitfalls like under or overcooking, there are still a few things you need to keep in mind to get the best results.
- Always wash your corned beef before using. Since corned beef is essentially pickled, you need to get rid of the extra salt before cooking. Don’t worry. Rinsing off the corned beef will not cause any flavor loss or end up waterlogging the meat.
- Let the corned beef fully rest before cutting. Give the meat about twenty minutes to cool before slice. Doing this will give the meat time to reabsorb any liquid.
- Cut against the meat fibers. Look closely at the meat, and you will see thin lines of muscle running across the surface. Slice the corned beef across these lines to get the most tender meat.
Tips for Making and Serving Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
- You don’t have to adjust the time for smaller or larger cuts of corned beef. The Instant Pot takes all the guesswork out of ensuring your corned beef is perfectly cooked.
- Potatoes and carrots are a great addition. Carrots add a bit of sweetness to the dish, while potatoes help fill you up without eating a lot of meat. You will need to cook them after you cook the corned beef just another 4 minutes!
- English mustard is an excellent alternative to horseradish sauce. Dried English mustard is easy to prepare with just a little cold water and gives you the same nasal clearing benefits as horseradish without all the trouble.
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With this corned beef brisket, you could serve a simple horseradish cream sauce. See the recipe below.
If you have any leftover corned beef brisket the next day, make a corned beef breakfast sandwich!
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Instant Pot Corned Beef
- 5 pounds corned beef
- 1 3/4 cup water beef broth or flat beer can be used
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon horseradish
- 1/2 cabbage cut into large pieces
- 1 pound potatoes quartered
- 1 pound carrots peeled and quartered
- Place corned beef into instant pot, add seasoning packet, and liquid.
- Close the lid and set on the meat setting for 90 minutes.
- When the active time has finished, allow the pot to do a natural release. If you want to add in the vegetables see the instruction below.
- If desired make the horseradish cream sauce by combining the 1 cup sour cream and 1 tablespoon of horseradish by stirring together.
Cabbage, potatoes, and more
- If you want to add in the cabbage, potatoes, and more, you will need to perform a quick release. Then add in your quartered cabbage, quartered potatoes, and carrots, then set the instant pot for for 3 minutes on high pressure. (Leave the corned beef in the instant pot.)
- When the cooking time is complete perform a quick release and serve.