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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Course Main Course
Cuisine irish
Keyword Corned Beef and Cabbage, Instant Pot Corned Beef, Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 771kcal


  • 5 cloves  Garlic (chopped or whole)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 lb Baby carrots
  • 2 lbs Baby potatoes
  • 1 Green cabbage
  • 4 lb Corned beef brisket
  • 3-4 cups Water for the Instant Pot


Corned Beef Brisket Cooking Method

  • First, you’ll need to prepare your corned beef brisket ready for the slow cooker. With a knife, carefully cut it out of its packaging and, if it has a spice packet, set it to one side before proceeding to give your corned beef a quick rinse under your tap.
  • Once you have thoroughly given your brisket a wash, transfer it to your Instant Pot, placing it on the rack. If it has a side that has more fat on it than the other, pop the fattier side face down, so it will be able to absorb the flavour better.
  • If you purchased a corned beef brisket that came with a seasoning packet, carefully cut it open and evenly sprinkle the seasoning across the top of your corned beef brisket.
  • Before you begin cooking, go ahead and place your garlic cloves directly on top of the corned beef brisket. By doing this instead of placing the garlic cloves next to the beef, the meat will be able to better absorb the juices and fragrant aroma of the garlic.
  • Then, pour in 3 to 4 cups of water around the beef, being careful not to disturb any of the seasoning or garlic cloves. Alternatively, you can also choose to fill your Instant Pot Slow Cooker with broth, however, we recommend making sure to only use broth if your one has low salt content, as too much salt will make your corned beef taste bad.
  • Now, it’s time to switch the cooker on and let the magic happen. Carefully fasten the lid over the top of your Instant Pot, and switch over the steam vent to the ‘Sealing’ option. Then, switch on ‘Pressure Cook’ and set the time to 1 hour and 30 minutes, making sure to select ‘High Pressure’ so that the beef brisket will correctly cook.*
  • After your cooker has finished the allocated duration you have set, you can go ahead and lift up the lid and cease the pressure cooking.
  • Grab a plate and lay it next to your Instant Pot Slow Cooker.
  • With tongs, carefully remove the corned beef brisket from the cooker and transfer it to the plate. You can also remove the garlic cloves and pop them on the plate if you still want them, though many people choose to discard them at this point.
  • Immediately wrap the beef into aluminum foil to make sure it stays warm, and place in a preheated oven on light to medium heat.

Cabbage Cooking Method

  • After you’ve removed your beef, you’ll be left with the hot water still inside the Instant Pot. Take your cabbage and any other vegetables you would like to prepare (for this recipe we use baby carrots and baby potatoes) and add them all together inside the Instant Pot.
  • Just like you did with the corned beef brisket, switch on ‘Pressure Cook’ and set the timer for 5 minutes. Again, the pressure cooker will likely need some time to build up enough pressure but, once it has, it will begin the countdown across the digital display.
  • Once the pressure cooking is complete, use the same tongs you used for the beef and carefully begin extracting the vegetables, allowing them to drain before placing them on the serving plate.
  • After you have done this, cut the beef and place it on the serving plate.
  • Pour a little of the leftover broth from the Instant Pot over the top of the meat, to add an extra dose of juice, which will ensure that the meat is not dry.
  • Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top if you so desire, grab your knife and fork and enjoy!


After you have switched your Instant Pot on, it won’t begin to start pressure cooking your corned beef skillet immediately. On the contrary, though your Instant Pot’s display will say that it is turned on, it will need around 15 minutes to heat up the water enough to begin the pressure cooking process. For the first 5-10 minutes, nothing will happen as the water will not be yet warm enough.
After 15 minutes, your pot should begin to hiss and steam, which indicates that the water has heated up to the correct temperature. Then, the red pin on your Instant Pot will flick up, a beeping noise should be emitted a few minutes later, and then the ‘On’ written across the screen should switch to the 1 hour and 30-minute countdown process.


Calories: 771kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 3996mg | Potassium: 2030mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 10585IU | Vitamin C: 152.6mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 7.6mg