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Intense Instant Pot Corned Beef Recipe

Making Instant Pot Corned Beef is a great method for preparing this St. Patrick’s Day New England Boiled Dinner in half the time.

Instant Pot Corned Beef
Instant Pot Corned Beef moist, rich with flavor and so easy!

The meat is done to tender in under two hours and full of spicy corned beef flavors.

Our family loves the way corned beef comes out of the instant pot. It is an easy and reliable way to cook corned beef for dinner, Reuben Sandwiches and Corned Beef Hash.

New England Boiled Dinner
New England Boiled Dinner made under pressure.

What is the best way to cook a tender Corned Beef Brisket?

A slow, gentle simmer on the stovetop is the traditional way to prepare a Corned Beef Brisket. The tender meat is prone to drying out and becoming tough if the cooking process is rushed. Utilizing a slow cooker is another popular method because it yields soft and tender cuts of meat.

We opt for the Instant Pot because it protects the integrity of the flavors while locking in the natural juices, keeping the meat soft and full of flavor, and cuts down on the cook time.

Instant Pot Corned Beef
Turn that tough ole meat into something special

How do you get a tender Corned Beef?

Liquid is the most important element when cooking Corned Beef. Make sure you are using enough liquid to just cover the brisket and prevent evaporation which will lead to a dry and overly salt Corned Beef.

Water is the most popular liquid choice, but we prefer bone broth for added flavor. Guinness is another choice that will enhance and deepen the flavor beautifully.

Instant Pot Corn Beef Dinner:

Most Corned Beef Brisket comes with a seasoning packet, or the meat comes heavily coated in mustard seeds and pickling spices. If you happen to have a corned beef brisket that is cured but has no extra spices you can add your own mix.

Here are some suggestions for spices you may have on hand or can easily find in the grocery. Make your own mix and then put the loose spices into a large tea ball, or coat your meat with it.

  • Bay leaves
  • whole mustard seeds
  • whole coriander seeds
  • cardamom pod
  • whole cloves-just a few
  • pickling spice- a tablespoon or so
  • thyme sprigs

Once the brisket is cooked, remove from the Instant Pot and finish the dinner with your veggies.

  1. Add prepared cabbage wedges, potatoes and carrots into the Instant Pot. 
  2. Seal the lid and set to manual high pressure for 10 minutes.
  3. Quick release.
  4. Plate the corned beef and surround it with the vegetables.

Your New England Dinner is ready to serve. Spicy brown or Dijon mustard and Horseradish make good condiments for this meal. Add Homemade Dinner Rolls or make a up a batch of Sourdough or Homemade French Bread for a finishing side.

How long should you cook Corned Beef?

For a two to 3 pound Corned Beef Brisket cooked on the stovetop or crockpot, you will need to cook it for 2-3 hours. Larger cuts will increase the cook time.

Because we are using the Instant Pot the cook time will be reduced to roughly 90 minutes with a natural release of 15 minutes. Cooking the veggies in the Instant Pot will take an additional 10 minutes with a quick release.

Instant Pot Corned Beef
Instant Pot Corned Beef is So tender and full of flavor

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Instant Pot Corned Beef Dinner
Yield: 12 servings

Instant Pot Corned Beef

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
pressuring up and natural release time may vary: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Instant Pot Corned Beef is amazing! So easy, quicker and healthier than boiling this St. Patrick's Day Holiday favorite. And the Flavor!! All the spice flavors embed themselves into the meat. You have to try this delicious low carb dinner!


  • 4 lb. flat cut corned beef brisket (with corned beef spices)
  • 1 large onion-chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 Cups chicken broth, REDUCE by 1/2 if using Guinness
  • Garnish seasonings:
  • Dijon mustard
  • horseradish for garnish


  1. Remove the corned beef from it's packaging, rinse and pat dry.
  2. Cut all but a thin layer of fat off the corned beef if necessary.
  3. Lay the corned beef into the bottom of the instant Pot
  4. Spread the chopped onion and spices over the meat.
  5. Pour the chicken broth over and around the beef. OR pour the bottle of Guinness over the meat and HALF of the chicken broth. I used my instant pot bone broth. It worked great!
  6. Seal the lid.
  7. Set the Instant Pot to manual on high for 90 minutes.
  8. Allow to natural release for 15 minutes.
  9. Remove to platter and allow to rest.

Side dish tip:

  1. While the meat rests, quickly add potatoes, cabbage and carrots you wish to cook into the instant pot, seal the lid and set to manual high for 10 minutes. Quick release and serve with the corned beef.


NOTE: Adding Guinness stout beer to your corned beef will intensify the flavor a bit and add . But you don't need it for a really great result in this recipe.

Spicy brown or Dijon mustard and Horseradish make good condiments for this meal.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

6 oz

Amount Per Serving Calories 470Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 168mgSodium 386mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 46g

According to the U.S.Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database a 3 oz. portion of Corned beef has 213 calories. 15 grams of protein and 16 grams of fat. We usually eat a larger portion so I'm just putting this out there.

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What can I do with leftover Corned Beef?

Make this incredible hot sandwich for a change up in your lunch or dinner menu. The Reuben Sandwich is a hot grilled combination of Swiss cheese, corned beef, mustard, piquant sauerkraut and delicious dressing on rye bread.

Reuben Sandwich
Reuben Sandwich

Leftover corned beef makes a dynamite breakfast or dinner in this Corned Beef Hash and Eggs Recipe. It’s an easy skillet meal that everyone will love.

Corned Beef Hash And Eggs
Corned Beef Hash And Eggs

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Making Instant Pot Corned Beef is so easy. Cooking corned beef brisket under pressure is quicker and healthier than boiling. Make your St. Patrick’s Day New England Boiled Dinner in half the time.

If you are curious about the history of this traditional dinner, check out this interesting read from Smithsonian Magazine

Dawn Hankwitz

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Thank you for this recipe. I'm cooking corned beef in my Instant Pot for the first time and have been looking everywhere for a recipe that does not use beer. These are great instructions; simple and easy to follow. Thanks again.


Sunday 15th of March 2020

Hi Dawn, You're very welcome. Corned beef in the instant pot is AMAZING. Enjoy. Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Barb S

Thursday 12th of March 2020

If you’re cooking for a larger group, and need to cook 2 or 3, (3-4 pound briskets) should you cook each one separately or can I cook them all at once? I have the 8 qt IP. I would do my veggies separately. Thank you!


Thursday 12th of March 2020

You can cook them all at once if they fit in your Ip. Don't go over the fill line in your pot though. IPs cook differently than other cooking tools. The density (thickness) of the meat will affect the cooking time so try to get a trivet between each brisket for the most even cooking.The pressure cooking will do a much better job if it can access all sides of your briskets.Otherwise it will take much longer to cook and the outer pieces may be overdone. Happy Saint Patrick's Day!


Thursday 16th of January 2020

OK I made this today but cut the beef in half for an experiment.. One half I did exactly as the recipe said and omg amazing. The other half I trimmed all the fat off and seared all sides and cooked both at the same time (seared was even better taste and texture) the kids devoured the seared side even though they are picky eaters..

ThankYou so much !!


Thursday 16th of January 2020

Oh Sergio that is happy news indeed. Getting the picky eater thumbs up is an A+. I'm happy you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing what you did with it. Have a great day!


Monday 13th of January 2020

I see other recipes call for placing the beef on a rack or trivet put you recommend place directly into the broth? Curious if you've tried both ways?


Monday 13th of January 2020

Hi Sergio, I prefer laying the meat in the juices. Yes the meat will cook either way. However, cooking the meat in the juices gives it a flavor boost and keeps it moist in my opinion. Also you have more room for the vegetables if you choose to add them in. I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have further questions and have a great day.


Thursday 21st of March 2019

Excellent. Had a 3# flat cut so i cooked the meat for 70 minutes instead of the 90. Perfect. Soooooo delicious. Most, flavorful, not salty, just perfect. I used chicken stock as i did not have broth. Worked just fine.


Thursday 21st of March 2019

Hi Sandy, Thank you so much for sharing what you did with this recipe and rating it for us. I'm pretty sure I'll always use the Instant pot for corned beef.So good! Have a great evening!

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