This Is Why You Should Try Making Instant Pot Corned Beef This St Patrick’s Day
Give this game-changing recipe a try.
You like corned beef but maybe you’re not so in love with making it: It’s a pretty common phenomenon. There are two main routes to homemade corned beef. The traditional way involves planning ahead two weeks of curing the meat or “corning” it with spices, with that big piece of meat taking up space in your refrigerator. The other way is to buy an already corned brisket at the grocery store, saving two weeks but not selecting the spices or amounts of spices used for corning, and either cooking it on the stove top or in your slow cooker.
Now, however, there is a third method, and we believe it’s even better and faster-the Instant Pot. While the slow cooker method takes more than five hours , the Instant Pot is the way to go if you’re always short on time and want corned beef that really tastes delicious and is meltingly tender. Even if you’re an Instant Pot skeptic you should try this Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage. When I was asked to develop the recipe, I was doutbtful. It’s natural to be skeptical of something that is so vastly against everything that you’ve ever been taught or learned. I went to culinary school and there and throughout every kitchen job that I’ve ever had, I’ve been told that low and slow is the way to go if you want tender, flavorful meat. It makes sense tough meat needs a long time to break down and absorb flavors.
Can You Put Frozen Meat In Pressure Cooker
It is possible to pressure cook smaller cuts of frozen meat and frozen poultry. You can also easily pressure cook frozen vegetables. To pressure cook thick pieces of frozen meat like beef or pork roasts, it will take up to one -third more than the normal cooking time, and the results will not taste very good.
Two: Pressure Cook The Vegetables
- Remove onion with a slotted spoon and discard.
- Drain off all but 2 cups of the cooking liquid. You can also strain the cooking liquid if desired to remove the pickling spices, I do not find that necessary.
- Add in potatoes and carrots to cooking liquid.
- Top with cabbage wedges that are still intact.
- Cook for 5 minutes on high pressure.
- Let pressure release naturally for at least 5 minutes before doing a quick release of any remaining pressure.
- To serve, slice the brisket against the grain.
- Serve with potatoes, carrots, cabbage, and whole grain mustard for dipping, if desired–my personal favorite.
How To Make Corned Beef And Cabbage In Any Brand Of Electric Pressure Cooker
Its important to cook the vegetables after the meat is finished because 90 minutes in a pressure cooker will turn your delicate potatoes and carrots to total mush.
This way, we get to use the flavorful cooking liquid from the beef to cook the veggies, which take on all of that tasty flavor without getting overcooked.
Can You Cook Frozen Corned Beef
If you want to cook a piece of frozen corned beef, you can add it directly to the pan or thaw it for faster cooking. If you want to cook your corned beef right away, just follow your usual recipe and cook it about 50% longer. However, do not cook frozen corned beef in a slow cooker.
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What Is Corned Beef Made Of
This cut of meat is a beef brisket that soaks in brine and then cures with salt and seasonings. Corned beef gets its distinctive pink color from sodium nitrate which is an ingredient in the curing process. This is a tough cut of meat, so its always best to cook corned beef for a long period of time so that it becomes tender. Typical cooking methods include boiling, slow cooking or oven roasting the meat, as well as using an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker.
Can You Cook Meat In An Instant Casserole
Unfortunately, once you have cooked a piece of meat in the pressure cooker for too long, there is no turning back. Youll end up with a bunch of dry, crunchy, flavorless fiber and no extra pressure cooking will put that moisture back into the meat. This applies not only to potatoes, but also to meat.
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What Type Of Potatoes To Use
Waxy potatoes. Waxy potatoes work best because they hold their shape well during the long cook time. I like to use baby yellow or red potatoes. If you use a potato like russet or even sweet potatoes, I suggest you cut them in larger chunks than you usually would. This will help them not turn to mush when they cook. The potatoes are combined with the carrots and onion and placed at the bottom of the slow cooker. If you over-cook them, they might turn a bit soft but if theyre in the bottom of the slow cooker they should be okay as long at theyre left undisturbed.
Tips For The Perfect Dish
- Most packaged corned beef contains a packet of spices to sprinkle over the meat when it cooks. If your meat does not come with a packet, you can use 1-2 teaspoons of pickling spice instead.
- This dish stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can freeze cooked corned beef for up to two months. I dont recommend freezing the vegetables as they can become soft and watery when thawed.
- Cut your cabbage into wedges with the core attached so that it doesnt fall apart as it cooks.
- Be sure to slice your meat against the grain for the most tender slices.
- I serve this dish with a side of grainy mustard which pairs perfectly with the savory beef.
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St Patricks Day Traditions
How do you celebrate St Patricks Day? Do you have any fun traditions that you do from year to year?
I remember growing up, my family was big into leprechauns. We would spend the week up until St Pattys Day building our trap because we were sure we could catch one.
My parents were really good about putting out green footprints, and turning random items in house green. It was really fun.
We also always made Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage, shamrock cookies, and other festive treats.
In college, I made a random St Patricks Day tradition of running a race in St George called Shamrock Your Socks Off. It was a 10K down snow canyon and I ran in it for 4 years straight.
It was so beautiful! The course and the backdrop were so pretty I looked forward to it every year!
Tell me, what do you do for St Patricks Day?
If you give this recipe a try, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with on Instagram! I love to see what youve been cooking. It always makes my day!
Stove Top Pressure Cooker Corned Beef Directions:
4. Remove the pressure cooker from flame and run under cold water to release pressure.
5. Add cabbage to the pressure cooker. Cook over high flame until it reaches high pressure. As soon as it reaches high pressure, remove from flame and run under cool water to release pressure.
Note about cabbage: The cabbage only takes a few minutes to cook, so you add it at the very end. The cabbage really will cook in just the few minutes it takes to reach high pressure.
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Corned Beef Gravy Recipe
Use the drippings from the pressure cooker corned beef to make gravy. Seriously, it will be the best gravy you have ever had!
- 1 1/2 2 cups drippings from Corned Beef
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
You can mop up the extra gravy with some Irish Soda Bread Recipe.
How To Make Instant Pot Corned Beef
Electric pressure cooker corned beef and cabbage couldn’t be easier, even if you’re an Instant Pot beginner.
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Pressure Cook Corned Beef
Add rinsed corned beef, quartered onion, 4 crushed garlic cloves, pickling spices seasoning, and 4 cups cold water in Instant Pot pressure cooker.
With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.
- Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 70 minutes + Natural Release
*Pro Tip #1: If your corned beef is thicker than 1.5 inch, adjust the pressure cooking time by adding 5 6 minutes High Pressure Cooking Time for every additional ½ inch.
*Pro Tip #2: If the floating valve doesnt drop after 15 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning the venting knob from sealing position to venting position.
Open the lid carefully.
Adding More Flavor To Your Corned Beef
I never want to miss a chance to add flavor. Adding water to the corned beef is what most recipes on the package of corned beef say to do. This won’t add any flavor to your corned beef. Instead use a flavorful liquid. Some people use beer. I like to use unsalted beef stock. I choose unsalted stock because corned beef is pretty salty on it’s own, we don’t need to be adding any more salt to the pot. Be careful if your going to use stock that no salt has been added.
The sodium amount listed on the nutrition label will not be 0 even if no salt was added. The reason is that some sodium naturally occurs in beef, thus will be in the beef stock. Just go to the ingredient list instead and make sure no salt is listed.
Most packaged corned beef comes with a small spice packet. It is definitely small. I like to go bigger and add more spices and herbs. What I like to adds includes mustard seeds, dill seed, bay leaf, juniper berries, and all spice berries. I toss these spices in whole, no need to grind them.
If you don’t have these spices in your pantry and they are NOT something you think your going to use much then I might consider getting a spice blend meant for corned beef. The Boston Spice Company Southie Blend is my recommendation.
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Should I Rinse Corned Beef Before Cooking
You can rinse corned beef before cooking, but it’s really not necessary. People do it to remove excess salt from the brine. Also, it’s a little slimy, so it feels like it needs to be rinsed, but doing so is thought to remove flavor. I personally don’t rinse, Also, some corned beef briskets are packed with a seasoned brine , instead of a seasoning packet. In this case, rinsing would remove all that seasoning, which we don’t want.
How To Cook Instant Pot Corned Beef And Cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage is by far one of my favorite meals ever, and this tutorial showing How to Cook Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage is so easy, it will knock your socks off!
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When I first got my Instant Pot, I immediately knew that I wanted to make corned beef and cabbage in it. It’s one of my favorite meals, and for some reason, I’ve never, ever tried making it at home. This past weekend, we went to Louisville for a concert, and had lunch at an Irish pub, Patrick Oshea’s. As soon as I saw corned beef brisket on the menu, I had to have it! It was sooo delicious! So, yesterday, I hit the grocery store and bought the ingredients to make it in my Instant Pot. You guys!!! It turned out so perfect! Like, mouthwatering, I couldn’t stop eating it, PERFECT!
I put together a quick video showing just how easy it is to make my corned beef and cabbage in the Instant Pot…I switched it up and put the cabbage in with the corned beef for this video. I have to say, I prefer the cabbage when made after the corned beef though.
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Start by adding 4 cups of beef broth to your pressure cooker.
Next, add your onion and garlic.
Now, pull your cooked corned beef brisket out of the instant pot and cover it with foil.
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One: Pressure Cook The Brisket
- Rinse corned beef and pat dry. This removes the brine from the brisket, preventing your end result to be too salty.
- Place onion slices into a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot.
- Place brisket on top of the onion slices.
- Sprinkle brisket evenly with seasoning packet, garlic, and brown sugar.
- Pour in beer and beef broth.
- Select manual/pressure cook setting and adjust the pressure to high. Set Cook time for 85 minutes.
- Once cook time has elapsed on corned beef, let the pressure release naturally for at least 15 minutes, then do a quick release of any remaining pressure.
- Remove brisket from the Instant Pot and place on serving platter. Cover with foil to keep warm.
Can You Overcook Meat In Instant Pot
Unfortunately, once you overcook a piece of meat in the pressure cooker, theres no going back. You ll be left with a pile of dry, crunchy, tasteless fibers and no amount of additional pressure cooking is going to put that moisture back into the meat. Well, that doesnt just apply to potatoes, it applies to meat, too.
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How Do You Defrost Corned Beef Quickly
Melting it in the microwave. The microwave is not only a way to thaw beef quickly, it is THE quickest way. Its so quick that it needs to be watched carefully so that it doesnt do more than thaw your beef. Microwave thawing is notorious for yielding partially cooked exteriors with still frozen interior.
Instant Pot Corned Beef And Cabbage
Better than a pot of gold any day!
Hooray, its March! And you know what that means. Its almost St. Patricks day! Time to go hunting for leprechauns and see if you can snag yourself a pot of gold! Me, Ive never caught one, but I dont mind. Ive already got a pot full of something magical in my kitchen: corned beef and cabbage. This hearty Irish dish is so good, with the salty, garlicky beef lending its flavor to all the veggies in the pot.
The only catch is, it takes a long time to make. Beef brisket is a pretty tough cut of meat, so you have to let it simmer pretty much all day to get it nice and tender.
Unless, of course, you cook it in the Instant Pot.
With my new Instant Pot, I can now make my traditional Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage in just a couple of hours. The beef cooks up tender in only 90 minutes, and then the veggies are done in just a few minutes more. Then you put it all together on a platter, and your Irish meal is served. If your corned beef brisket does not come with a spice packet, I have a recipe for one over in this post.
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