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This Instant Pot corned beef recipe is easy to prep and ready in just two hours. The beef brisket is cooked with beer and garlic in an electric pressure cooker to guarantee juicy, tender corned beef every time. If you want to complete the feast, you can cook baby carrots, quartered potatoes, and cabbage wedges in the bottom of the Instant Pot while the corned beef is resting.

Recipe Summary

5 mins
1 hr 30 mins
25 mins
2 hrs
4 servings

You can make tender, juicy, and super flavorful corned beef in just two hours with your trusty multi-functional pressure cooker. Don't believe us? Just try this top-rated Instant Pot corned beef recipe. 

Instant Pot Corned Beef Ingredients

You need just four ingredients to make this top-rated recipe for corned beef in the Instant Pot: 

Two cups of water (plus a 12-ounce beer) should be enough liquid to cook a 3-pound corned beef brisket. 

Opt for a dark Irish stout, such as Guinness, for the richest flavor. If you'd prefer not to use alcohol in this recipe, try substituting with beef broth or apple cider (or a mixture of both). 

Amp up the flavor of this corned beef recipe with four cloves of garlic. You can use more or less, depending on your flavor preferences. 

Corned Beef Brisket
Of course, you'll need corned beef. This recipe calls for a brisket that weighs about three pounds. The brisket should come with a spice packet. 

How to Make Corned Beef In the Instant Pot

You'll find the full recipe below, but here's what you can expect when you make this Instant Pot corned beef recipe:

Combine Ingredients

Add water, beer, and garlic to the Instant Pot or other multi-functional pressure cooker. Place the trivet inside, then place the brisket on top of the trivet. Season the meat with the spice packet.

Set and Cook

Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure and let cook for 90 minutes, allowing 10-15 minutes for the pressure to build. 

Release and Rest

Release the pressure using the quick-release method (this should take about 5 minutes). Remove the lid. Transfer the brisket to a baking sheet, cover with aluminum foil, and allow the meat to rest for about 15 minutes before serving. 

How to Make Corned Beef and Cabbage In the Instant Pot

What if you'd like to make a full corned beef and cabbage meal in your Instant Pot? Here's a tip from recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar Soup Loving Nicole: "Remove the trivet while your brisket is resting and place baby carrots, quartered red potatoes, and cabbage wedges in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Secure the lid, lock, seal, and select the manual setting. Set for 5 minutes. Do a quick release. The rested brisket and vegetables are ready at the same time."

How Long to Cook Corned Beef In the Instant Pot

With your Instant Pot set to high pressure, the corned beef brisket should be fully cooked within 90 minutes. However, every brisket is different. If you're unsure, reviewers suggest cooking your brisket on high pressure for about 20 minutes per pound. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Wow," raves Xan Y. "This was by far, one of the BEST corned beef recipes we have ever had. I used beef stock instead of water and beer for the liquids, and it came out so flavorful and juicy. I will never cook this any other way!"

"I used four cups of beef stock in the pot with meat and it came out tender and super flavorful," says Fanny Araa. "While the brisket was resting, I tossed baby potatoes and carrots in the broth and cooked those for 15 min. PERFECTION!"

"This was delicious," according to Linda Van Wickler. "The whole family gave it rave reviews. I followed a suggestion of cooking cabbage and potatoes and carrots while the meat rested. Perfect accompaniment."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine water, beer, and garlic in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot). Place trivet inside. Place brisket on the trivet and sprinkle spice packet on top. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 90 minutes. Allow 10 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  • Transfer brisket to a baking sheet, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.


Serve vegetables with your corned beef! While the cooked brisket is resting, remove the trivet; place baby carrots, quartered red potatoes, and large cabbage wedges in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Close and lock the lid; set timer for 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid; serve vegetables with rested brisket.

Nutrition Facts

417 calories; protein 27.7g; carbohydrates 4.9g; fat 28.3g; cholesterol 146mg; sodium 1697.3mg. Full Nutrition