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sliced corned beef brisket on serving platter with cabbage, potatoes, and carrots.
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Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

The most tender and flavorful corned beef and cabbage you may ever eat. The mix of aromatics seasons the brisket and veggies to perfection, with a method that takes out all the guesswork to nail it every time!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish Comfort Food
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 12
Calories 256kcal
Author Gary White

Ingredients

  • 4 lb. corned beef brisket with seasoning packet - cut in half if needed
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves peeled
  • 8 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 head of cabbage chopped into wedges
  • 1 lb. carrots peeled, chunked
  • 2 lbs. red or gold potatoes roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

Instructions

Method 1 - Lean

  • Place brisket in Instant Pot (fat side down) with broth, onions, garlic, thyme, and seasoning packet. 
  • Lock lid and cook at high pressure for 75 minutes.
  • Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally (about 40 minutes). Then remove brisket from pot, cover with foil to keep warm, and allow to rest.
  • Using a fine mesh strainer, pour liquid into separate container, then return to pot. Discard the aromatics.
  • Add carrots, potatoes, and salt to pot, then top with cabbage wedges. Lock lid and cook for 0 (zero) minutes at high pressure. Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure.
  • Do not stir, but carefully remove each cabbage wedge individually onto your serving dishes, followed by other veggies.
  • When it’s time to serve, be sure to cut the brisket across the grain to keep it from becoming chewy. Serve together and enjoy!

Method 2 - Luscious with Crispy Top

  • Add one sliced onion, 6 thyme sprigs, and a bay leaf to the pot. Then, put the trivet on top of them. Place the brisket on the trivet (fat side up).
  • In a small bowl combine 3 cloves of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of course black pepper, and the contents of the spice packet included with the corned beef. Spread the spice blend evenly over brisket.
  • Pour in 4 cups of chicken broth along the sides of the pot. There are two goals in this step: 1- to avoid washing the spices off of the brisket; 2- to add just enough broth that the beef is about halfway submerged.
  • Lock lid and cook at high pressure for 75 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally (will take about 40 minutes). Then transfer the brisket to a baking sheet. Turn on your oven's broiler and set it to high. (You can also use an air fryer lid for this next step. And obviously you would not remove the brisket from the pot).
  • Place the corned beef on the bottom rack of your oven and broil for 7-10 minutes. Once the fat renders and begins to crisp, the process will go really fast. So after about 5 minutes, keep a close eye on it to avoid burning.
  • Once the brisket has reached your prefered char level, set it aside and allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Always slice against the grain for maximum tenderness.

Video

Notes

As of March 13, 2021, you will see that there are now two methods to this recipe - and here's why. As a recipe developer, it's in my nature to keep trying to make things better. However, my first method for corned beef is so delicious and so popular that it makes no sense to just do away with it. I would hate to ruin someone's day who is not about change like I am.
So I chose to add a new method rather than replace the old one. Method 1 removes the fat layer for a leaner cut and lighter meal, while method 2 uses the fat layer to create a crispy layer. It really is just a matter of preference. I will update the entire post soon with new process shots, but the video now shows both methods.

Expert Tips

  1. The single most important part of cooking corned beef and cabbage is choosing a good cut of meat. In my opinion, you want to choose the leanest piece of brisket possible. While many cuts of beef benefit from having fat to help season the meat (especially when cooking with dry heat - like smoking or grilling), this recipe is so highly seasoned that you will not miss it. Otherwise, you will waste all of the inedible fat, which can be up to 25% of the total weight.
  2. Before you slice the brisket, be sure to remove the layer of fat and discard. Then, thinly slice the brisket across the grain.
  3. Leftover corned beef can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 4 days or freeze for 2 to 3 months.

FAQs

Which cut should I use, point or flat? I've done it with both. I prefer flat.
When doing a natural pressure release, do I turn off the pressure cooker, or leave it on keep warm? Leave it on keep warm!
Are you using the prepackaged, pre-seasoned corned beef brisket or are you using a plain brisket? For this recipe, we are using pre-seasoned briskets.
Do I have to allow pressure to release naturally? Can't I just do a quick release? I find that a quick pressure release causes meat texture to change – becoming tough and chewy. According to this article by The Kitchn, you should use a natural release when cooking meat, dried beans and legumes, rice, soup, and other foods that are mostly liquid.
Is zero minutes really correct for the veggies? Yes. They will cook as the pressure cooker is coming up to pressure. They will be fully cooked and tender, but not mushy, once the pressure cooker beeps. 

Nutrition

Serving: 4oz. | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 997mg | Potassium: 909mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6425IU | Vitamin C: 59.1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2.6mg