50-Minute Corned Beef Brisket


Quick and easy tender corned beef brisket done in the Instant Pot® - no need to cook it for hours the old-fashioned way!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 20 mins
3 pounds corned beef


  • 1 (3 pound) corned beef brisket with spice packet

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • water

  • 2 teaspoons pickling spice

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder


  1. Fill a covered container with enough water to immerse the corned beef. Add brown sugar and stir to dissolve. Remove corned beef from the packaging and rinse well to remove curing residue. Place into the water in the container; reserve spice packet. Add more water to cover if needed. Let soak, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups water, spice packet, and pickling spice in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Place a rack insert in the pot.

  3. Remove beef from the soaking liquid and season both sides with garlic powder. Place beef on the rack, fat-side up, cutting in half if necessary to fit. Close and lock the pressure cooker lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 50 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes. Transfer corned beef to a cutting board. Cover with aluminum foil and let rest for a few minutes before carving.

Cook's Note:

You can use 3 to 3 1/2 pounds of beef.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
19g Fat
4g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 1129mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 158mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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