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This easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe, made with beef brisket, cabbage and carrots comes out so tender and delicious! Perfect for St Patrick’s Day!

This easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe, made with beef brisket, cabbage and carrots comes out so tender and delicious! Perfect for St Patrick's Day!Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

It may be the most famous dish to eat on St. Patrick’s Day, but this Irish-American corned beef recipe is a favorite in my house any time of the year. It would typically simmer all day on the stove but thanks to the pressure cooker it only takes 90 minutes for the meat to come out super tender. Of course, if you wish you could also make this in the slow cooker, see my Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe.

This easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe, made with beef brisket, cabbage and carrots comes out so tender and delicious! Perfect for St Patrick's Day!

This easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe, made with beef brisket, cabbage and carrots comes out so tender and delicious! Perfect for St Patrick's Day!

This easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe, made with beef brisket, cabbage and carrots comes out so tender and delicious! Perfect for St Patrick's Day!

What to serve with corned beef and cabbage:

Cooks Notes:

  • If you have a larger piece of brisket, cut it in half to fit, the cook time will remain the same.
  • To add potatoes, cut them into 1 inch chunks then cook once the brisket is done, high pressure 5 to 7 minutes, natural release. Then add the cabbage and follow step 3.

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This easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe, made with beef brisket, cabbage and carrots comes out so tender and delicious! Perfect for St Patrick's Day!
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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

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359.5 Cals 25 Protein 13 Carbs 23 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
This easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe, made with beef brisket, cabbage and carrots comes out so tender and delicious! Perfect for St Patrick's Day!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds trimmed, lean corned beef brisket
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup frozen pearl onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/8 tsp whole peppercorns
  • 1 medium head cabbage, cut into 6 wedges

Instructions

  • Place the corned beef brisket, carrots, pearl onions, parsley, bay leaves and peppercorns in the Instant pot and add 3 cups of water.
  • Cover and cook on high pressure 1 1/2 hours. Natural release then open.
  • Add the cabbage to the top, cover and cook on high pressure 3 minutes, quick release.
  • Remove meat and slice into 6 pieces.

Nutrition

Serving: 3oz corned beef, 1 cabbage wedge plus carrots and broth, Calories: 359.5kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 81.5mg, Sodium: 1892mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 7g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 5
Points +: 9
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This easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe, made with beef brisket, cabbage and carrots comes out so tender and delicious! Perfect for St Patrick's Day!

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  1. The meat was delicious, but the carrots and parsnips were practically mush.

  2. Made this for St. Patrick’s Day and added the horseradish cream from the other Skinnytaste corned beef recipe. We loved it!💕

  3. Would the same time 1.5 hours be the same for 4 lbs?

  4. I bought a corned beef bottom round instead of brisket and followed this recipe- the meat turned out beautifully fork tender!! I didn’t have all the ingredients so I used the beef, half of spice packet, water and 3 bay leaves. Then cooked cabbage as directed. So delicious thank you!!! 

    • Same here. Could not find the frozen pearl onions at Price Chopper for nothing so I did not add them or regular onions. But, I used all of the spice package included and did not use the peppercorn/bay leaves. Now it is sitting in the Instant Pot for 1.5 hr; hopefully the meat will make sense 🙂

  5. This was perfect! Not to mention easy peasey…. I often feel crock pot corned beef tastes kind of bland and washed out. The meat came out fork tender and delicious. I made the recipe pretty much as is substituting a large chunked up onion for the pearl onions and added a small handful of baby potatoes.

  6. I’m wondering if I got the meat already shredded (bought “lunch meat” ). How would that affect cooking time 

  7. Made this last night. Could only find a 3 lb. brisket at the store. Used the whole thing, but cut it in half and followed the recipe as written. Came out perfect! My husband and I loved it! Thank you, Gina!

  8. I actually think that my husband fell a little more in love with me after I made him this dish. It was that good! 

  9. I have a question – how long should I cook a 5 lb. point cut corned beef brisket in the instant pot?

  10. I have two corned beef briskets that weigh 8 lbs. total, same amount of cooking time?

  11. 3 oz of beef per serving.. is this weighed raw or cooked?

  12. I’ve made this a couple times and absolutely love it!! I can’t find frozen pearl onions so used sweet pickled pearl onions and was delicious! Question though for Gina, why is the IP version of this recipe 1 point less (purple) than the Crock-Pot version?

  13. Made this last night. It was so delicious! My 8 year old said it was his favorite meal ever. haha. The carrots were quite overcooked and turned to mush, but I’m assuming that’s normal. Still tasted good.

  14. Another winner, Gina! Made exactly as written and it was delicious!!!

  15. If using fresh, not frozen, onions, when is the best time to add them?

  16. Hello, wondering if anyone can clarify the time to cook on his. Some say it is way too long for 1.5 hours and others haven’t commented either way. I want it cooked but sure I want it shredded. Ty! 

    • I cooked mine as directed and it came out perfectly! Some of the out pieces broke down a bit, which I found to be delicious. Most of it held together just fine though

  17. This was delicious. I used frozen pearl onions and would put them in with the cabbage next time. My big kids devoured the meat and my little kids devoured the carrots. Thanks Gina!

    • This was delicious. I messed up a bit. I didn’t pay attention to the fact that the cabbage goes in later. The cabbage was still good but I’ll do it right next time. I couldn’t get pearl onions so I just put a quartered white onion in for flavor. Everyone loved it. But it’s worth mentioning that the beef cooks down a LOT.  I’m glad I didn’t plan on feeding more than the 3 of us because there is absolutely no way this feeds 6. I used 2 lbs and got 3 fist sized portions out of it. Next time I’ll make a bigger one so we have leftovers. 

  18. One and a half hours was way too long. Half of my meat separated into shreds. Taste was fine, however.

  19. Very good recipe.  My only comment is that according to WW app, 3 oz. lean corned beef, cooked, is 6 pts.

  20. Would I be able to do this with a crockpot or do you really recommend an Instapot?

  21. Hi Gina! With so many different brands out there I’d like to ask what brand of instapot do you own. Please help me to narrow down my options. Thanks so much. 

  22. Made this in the crock pot and loved it!!!!

  23. I did the cabbage for 3 minutes at the end (as the recipe indicates) but its not cooked at all. I am adding another 10 minutes…

  24. Can you please explain in detail how you got 5 points?  We have tried it every way and it comes up 11 points, please help.  

  25. I bought a Instant pot for my Birthday gift to me. And my 1st meal was your Corned beef and cabbage recipe and it was Delicious. I have tryed a few other recipes of yours and your my favorite for WW recipes.

  26. Delish. Our family enjoyed this dish for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

  27. Made this tonight. Corned beef and cabbage was perfect.  Actually it was the best one I have ever made. Carrots held their shape but the onions ddint. Next time I would add some more with the cabbage so they would look nice on the plate. Thanks for a great option for this dish!

  28. Does the corned beef need to go on the rack in the IP?

  29. Hello Gina,

    I do not have an instant and was going to use your crock pot recipe as suggested. Just curious why the crock pot recipe is 8pts and the instant pot is only 5 pts- and they are virtually the same ingredients? Wasn’t sure if I was missing something.

  30. I’m cooking a 4lb brisket at high altitude. How long would you suggest for cooking time? 

  31. I can see a question about including potatoes after the meat is cooked. If making in the IP, how do I know when that is?

  32. Hi Gina, how long for 2.63lbs? 

  33. We made this just as noted in the recipe on Wednesday and it was deeeeeelish. Thanks so much!

  34. Hello! Thank you for all the amazing recipes!! I have a 6-pound corned beef, how long would I cook it for? Thank you!!

  35. Do you soak the corned brisket to remove some of the salinity?

  36. Amazing!

  37. Do you actually put in and save these recipes in the WW app? I was looking for this one to store it for Sunday and can’t seem to find it.

  38. My IP is heating up now. So excited for dinner!  Thanks for sharing this recipe. 

  39. Just curious about the spice packet that comes with the prepackaged meat… Is there something I do not know by not using it in this recipe?

  40. Hi Gina-

    Thank you for all your wonderful recipes! I recently received an instant pot as a gift, and am always looking for new recipes? What size instant pot do you use? I have the small one, so I find I usually have to half recipes in order to make all the ingredients fit.

    Thanks!
    Randi

  41. What if I wanted to throw some little red potatoes in there? I know it will change the point value a bit but not sure if it will change cooking time/other settings. Also, can this be done in a regular old pot instead of an instant pot?

    Thanks! 

  42. Gina, you are such a trooper to deal with all these comments! You provide top notch recipes every time. Thank you so much! ❤️😋 I am making this in my electric pressure cooker and can’t wait to taste it. 

  43. I’m a little confused because my WW app calculator is showing this as 11 SP per serving.. am I doing something wrong?

  44. Hey Gina,
    If I halved this recipe how long would I cook it for? #singlegalproblems

  45. This was phenomenal!!

  46. Gina, how long if I cooked 2 3-pound briskets without the vegetables? 

  47. Gina, where would you suggest purchasing the corned beef brisket? I’m assuming you do not use the prepackaged ones that are more readily available…

  48. If I were to make this for a crowd would I just triple the recipe as written?  Not all recipes taste the same when doubled or tripled 🙁

  49. I have a four pound brisket that I can cut in half in my 8 quart IP.  How much water should I add if I am doubling everything else?

  50. Hi Gina, would a 4 lb brisket cook for 2 hours? I noticed you suggested an extra 15 mins for a 3 lb. And how much extra water should I add? Thanks for the great recipes and taking the time to respond to all these comments!

  51. Perfect for St Patrick’s day????? What has corned beef got to do with Ireland? Who in Ireland ever eats corned beef? I can only assume you’ve got it mixed up with bacon and cabbage, which is a traditional Irish dish and which is absolutely nothing like corned beef.

    • Lol calm down

    • I came here to say just that! I’m Irish living in Ireland and have never heard of this! Bacon and cabbage with spuds… yum!

    • It’s not an Irish dish — it’s an Irish-American dish,

    • I am in the USA and we eat that HERE in Honor of St Patricks Day. You there in Ireland have your traditions we have ours here that have Irish roots in them. Half my family immigrated legally from Ireland. We wear green , eat Cornedbeef and cabbage with Irish soda bread, have huge parades , and since I live near Chicago we dye the Chicago River a deep green color. I myself have gotten a lot of pure Irish recipies and make them also during the week of ST Patricks Day.

    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon_and_cabbage#Corned_beef_and_cabbage_(USA)

      “In the mid-to-late 19th century, Irish immigrants to the United States began substituting corned beef for bacon when making the dish, thereby creating corned beef and cabbage.[3] Like the original, the dish sometimes includes additional vegetables (especially carrots and potatoes); this also gives it a certain similarity to the New England boiled dinner, which almost invariably contains a mixture of root vegetables along with boiled meat and cabbage.

      Corned beef and cabbage remains a popular food in some areas of the United States, and is often the dish of choice on St. Patrick’s Day.”

      It started as a substitute and just kind of caught on in the Irish-American community. Also, it’s a bit tricky to find back bacon over here! The closest you’ll find in a grocery store is “Canadian bacon,” which probably doesn’t boil all that well, but it might be worth a try. This recipe might also be good with just a bone-in pork loin chop, since that’s basically the same cut of meat as back bacon. Perhaps an experiment is in order!

      • Thanks for sharing! I read about this as well recently. I made this recipe to celebrate and will try a thick bacon next year! 

      • When the OP says bacon and cabbage, she’s really referring to a ham.  That’s an Irish bacon.  The bacon like in America is a rasher.

    • It says in the recipe “Irish American” don’t get your panties in a bunch no one is claiming this is an authentic Irish dish…

    • Corned beef has everything to do with St. Patrick’s Day if you are Irish- American. When Irish immigrants came to America they chose beef rather then pork bacon because it was cheaper. They also added potatoes and cabbage to the meal because that was also really cheap. I have been eating corned beef and cabbage every St. Patrick’s Day for the past 40 years. It’s a tradition my family looks forward to, and for that I’m grateful. That being said – this Instant Pot recipe is AWESOME. I made 6lbs of beef in the Instant Pot and cooked for 2 hours – it came out PERFECT!!! Thank you Gina!

    • It’s an Irish-AMERICAN tradition. No need to be condescending, Claire.

  52. If I have a 3 lb roast, do I need to add more time? They didn’t have 2 lbs at the store. Hoping to make this tonight for dinner 😊

  53. Is there a crock pot option?? Would it be the same thing but just on low for how many hours?

  54. Can I cut the ingedients on half and use the mini instant pot?

  55. Do you really mean 1/8 teaspoon peppercorns? Seems like too few. 

  56. Can you put a frozen brisket in there? 

  57. Would this be considered Gluten free & dairy free? 

  58. I don’t have a pressure cook button or high/low pressure button. Manual is my only option but don’t know how long. Appreciate your suggestions. 

  59. Won’t the carrots be mush after 1 1/2 hours on high pressure?

  60. What size Instant Pot are you using?  I have yet to purchase mine and there seem to be several options as to what it can do as well as capacity.
    Can’t wait to try  this brisket and cabbage recipe.
    Mary

  61. Do you take the brisket out, before you put the potatoes in or just add them?

  62. I can’t wait to try this, Gina! Thanks!

  63. Gina you are amazing! Can’t wait to give this one a try as I love corned beef and cabbage! Thank you so much for all that you do for everyone 😘

  64. I can’t wait! I’ve made the slow cooker version, excited to try the Instanr Pot! 

  65. Do you remove the brisket before adding the potatoes and cabbage?

  66. This looks amazing but is it actually possible that the sodium content is only 164mg? Thank you!

  67. How would you do this if you don’t have an instant pot??? Looks yummy!

  68. The onions an carrots can withstand 90min high pressure???

  69. Could I add some guinness into the instant pot? I usually add some in the slow cooker.

  70. If it’s 2 lbs if brisket and there are 6 servings wouldn’t that mean it’s about 5 ounces a person? I’m sorry if that sounds like a dumb question just trying to make sure I get the serving sizes right! 

  71. What size instant pot did you use for this?

  72. Gina, I’m assuming you don’t use the pickling spice packet that comes with the beef brisket if you purchase one thats pre-packaged?

  73. How could we adjust time for a crockpot?

  74. This looks great! I assume you did not use the trivet in the instant pot? Also, you state natural release after 1.5 hours of cooking. How long did it take to natural release? And can you do natural release for an amount of time and then quick release? TIA and Gina, thank you for all your recipes and cookbooks…your recipes are a staple in our home. Cheers!

  75. I’m very new to instant pot cooking (I only got it a few days ago as a birthday gift) but would love to make this on St. Patrick’s Day! If I am making a bigger roast do I need to adjust water quantities? Thanks in advance for any answers! 🙂

  76. Only thing missing is Potatoes! Could they be added somehow?

  77. Gina I don’t have an instant pot, so would you know how long to cook this on the stove?