Instant Pot Corned Beef

If you like beef, you should try out this Instant Pot Corned Beef recipe! Such an easy and tasty main dish for dinner!

Corned beef and cabbage is a classic Irish dish, and this pressure cooker recipe includes all of the typical accompaniments that come with it. If you like Irish cuisine, you have to try this!

What is Corned Beef?

Corned beef does not actually involve corn… corning refers to the process of salt curing the beef.

To make corned beef, beef brisket is placed in a brine of saltwater and various spices typically including peppercorns, juniper berries, and bay leaves. It needs to be brined for about 2 weeks to fully cure and tenderize.

You can buy a fresh brisket and complete the corning process yourself. It’s really easy, it just takes time, so you’ll have to plan ahead and be patient!

What Kind of Potatoes Should I Use?

You can use any type of potatoes in this recipe. If you use russets, you should definitely peel them first, but if you use smaller waxy potatoes with a thin skin, you can leave the skin on if you prefer.

I like to use waxy gold potatoes such as Yukon golds because these have a great buttery flavor and tend to hold their shape better than russet potatoes, which can become mushy in the pressure cooker.

What Type of Cabbage?

You’ll definitely want to use green cabbage for this recipe. You could use Napa cabbage, but I would not use red cabbage. It would taste fine but turn the whole dish an unappealing purple color, so I would try to avoid that!

I can’t find turnips anywhere! What Can I Substitute?

Turnips can be easily swapped for other root vegetables such as parsnips or rutabaga. You could also just add more carrots in place of turnips if you prefer.

What do Bay Leaves Taste Like?

Bay leaves are a very aromatic flavoring ingredient that is slightly floral, herbal tasting. They are very important to the flavor of this Instant Pot Corned Beef, being the only seasoning besides salt.

Be sure to remove bay leaves before serving, though. Although they impart great flavor to liquids like soups and broths, no one wants to eat a bay leaf!

What Should I Serve it with?

This is truly a complete one-pot meal. The recipe gives you corned beef alongside potatoes, cabbage,and assorted root vegetables, as is traditional.

If you’re looking for something a little heartier, you can also serve with Jasmine rice.

More One-Pot Dinners

If you like hearty comfort food, try out these other Instant Pot one-pot dinners:

Instant Pot Goulash
Instant Pot Penne Rigate Pasta
Instant Pot Lamb Mushroom Stew

Instant Pot Corned Beef
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
  • 2 pound corned beef brisket
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 potatoes diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cup water
  • 1 head cabbage chunked
  • 3 turnips diced
  • 4 carrots diced
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • Put the beef, garlic, salt, bay leaf and water in the Instant Pot and lock the lid.
  • Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Once done, do a quick pressure release.
  • Add potatoes, cabbage, turnips and carrot, and cook at high pressure for another 10 minutes.
  • Once done, wait for a natural pressure release.
  • Release the pressure naturally and dish out to slice and serve.
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