Instant Pot Corned Beef Brisket is very easy and cooks to a juicy, tender consistency with fantastic flavor. A great vegetable trick ensures firm, cooked vegetables making an easy full dinner recipe!
Making Instant Pot Corned Beef Brisket is so easy and also tenderizes the brisket faster thanks to pressure cooking.
A special twist gives great flavor and tenderizes it further: cooking the Instant Pot Corned Beef in beer!
Though not a traditional Irish recipe to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it is a popular American recipe for the holiday and for good reason!
What is Corned Beef Brisket?
Corned Beef Brisket is a brine-cured beef brisket. The brining adds both flavor and makes it very pink in color.
Once cooked the corned beef has a perfect texture for slicing and eating as a main dish or thinly for sandwiches.
Corned Beef brisket is sold pre-packaged in brine with a specific seasoning packet to cook with it giving it a signature flavor.
Once cooked the Instant Pot Corned Beef Brisket has a mixture of salty, meaty, and tangy flavors thanks to the brining and cooking processes.
Ingredients in Instant Pot Corned Beef with Vegetables
The addition of vegetables make this a full meal in one pot.
The ingredient list for this recipe is short and simple:
- 2-3 pound Corned Beef Brisket
- Yellow Onion
- Garlic Cloves
- Dark Ale (recommendations below)
- 1 Seasoning Packet that comes with the corned beef
- 6 qt Instant Pot
Please check the recipe card below for specifics.
What Beer to Use for Instant Pot Corned Beef ?
I recommend using a dark beer for this recipe. Guinness is a perfect choice.
If gluten-free: I used Green’s Gluten-Free Dubbel Dark Ale.
If Holidaily Brewing Co. gluten-free beers are available in your area, Riva Stout is a a great choice.
Note for Non-Beer Drinkers
For those of you who are not into beer, the Instant Pot Corned Beef Brisket does not come out TASTING like beer so never fear.
You also can’t get drunk from eating it.
Substitution Option: If you feel strongly about not using beer you can substitute water or chicken stock (beef stock is very strong tasting and I think will affect the end flavor of the brisket).
Tips for Preparing Instant Pot Corned Beef
Corned beef brisket is a saltier, fattier cut of meat.
When you buy it, it will have already been brined and the liquid in the package is brine as well.
The brined brisket should be thoroughly rinsed before cooking. It can also be soaked for an hour before cooking to release even more salt.
If you have a very fatty cut, you can trim the excess fat before cooking (it’s easy to trim after cooking too).
Also place the fatty side down in the Instant Pot.
I chose to cook the brisket in beer which I have found makes it more tender and flavorful.
The Instant Pot I Use
(Because you asked….) I use this Instant Pot
Love Corned Beef Brisket? Buy it Now!
With St. Patrick’s Day coming soon corned beef brisket is available in most grocery stores.
Did you know most stores do not carry it year-round?
If you love corned beef brisket, buy extra and stick it in your freezer now so you can make Instant Pot Corned Beef ANYtime!
How to Make Instant Pot Corned Beef – Step by Step:
Cooking Instant Pot Corned Beef is so easy!
Please refer to the recipe card below for detailed instructions.
- Add the rack to the insert of a 6 quart Instant Pot
- Cover the rack with onions cut into wedges and garlic.
- Place the corned beef brisket fatty side down on top of the vegetables
- Sprinkle the spices that came with the brisket on top of the corned beef.
- Pour the beer (gluten-free or regular) around the brisket in the Instant Pot.
- Seal the lid and cook the brisket at High Pressure for 90 minutes.
- Do a quick release and remove the brisket to rest.
- Add the prepared carrots and potatoes to the Instant Pot; and cook on Manual High Pressure for three minutes.
- Remove the vegetables and slice the brisket for serving!
TIP: Adding the vegetables just at the end ensures they are cooked but still firm and delicious!
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For those who have not jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon, this Slow Cooker Beer-Simmered Corned Beef and Vegetables recipe is also fantastic way to prepare it.
More Instant Pot Recipes You’ll Love
- Vegetable Beef Soup
- Southwestern Instant Pot Short Ribs with Harvest Succotash
- Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
Try These Authentic Irish recipes too!
These are always fun to serve especially if serving Instant Pot Corned Beef Brisket for St. Patrick’s Day!
Originally published March 2, 2017