The Best Beer Braised Instant Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage

Instant pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Instant Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage

Perfectly tender corned beef brisket with potatoes, cabbage, and carrots in the instant pot in just 90 minutes.  Top with grainy mustard and finish the brisket in the oven for the best instant pot corned beef and cabbage!

A traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage meal can take up to 5 hours in the oven to roast, or just as long in a slow cooker, but in an Instant Pot, you can have the Corned Beef ready in as little as 90 minutes and then potatoes, carrots, and cabbage in just 10 minutes! 

Talk about a time saver!  I made beer braised Corned Beef and Cabbage in the Instant pot on Sunday and my family loved it so much that I made it again last night.

corned beef in an instant pot

Ingredients in Instant Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage

Simple ingredients are required for the best instant pot corned beef and cabbage. 

corned beef brisket – I chose the flat cut because I like to slice my corned beef rather than shred it.  The fat cap is on the top of this brisket cut, so it melts over the brisket while cooking.  If you choose a point-cut brisket, there are layers of fat throughout the roast and it will fall apart more easily, making it shreddable. 

grainy mustard – The mustard helps the corning spices adhere to the brisket and it also adds a delicious layer of flavor to the roast. 

garlic cloves – the garlic cloves are kept whole and add delicious flavor to the beef.  The cloves are removed before serving. 

beer and water – rather than just using water, I used a Colorado Native golden lager which gave such great flavor to the roast.  I highly recommend using beer as the braising liquid.  If you like a stout, consider using Guinness. 

green cabbage – the cabbage gets tender in just 10 minutes of cooking in the instant pot.  Simply slice it into large rounds before adding it to the pressure cooker

Yukon gold potatoes – the potatoes become buttery and tender 

carrots – I used baby carrots, but whole carrots cut into 2-inch pieces would be perfect in this recipe.  The carrots get cooked with the potatoes and cabbage in the braising liquid, while the roast is finished under the broiler. 

Serve with Irish Soda bread, either homemade or prepared from the Safeway bakery for a true Irish experience!

How to Make Corned Beef in the Instant Pot

This recipe is so easy to make in the Instant Pot.  The roast is cooked for 90 minutes under pressure, then finished in the oven under the broiler for 10 minutes, while the vegetables cook under pressure for 10 minutes in the remaining braising liquid.  It’s a fantastic corned beef recipe.  I hope you agree. 

All I can say is that I’ll be stocking up on corned beef from Safeway to make this again and again.  It was so good and so easy!

While I only used a bottle of beer plus 1 cup of water (20 oz of liquid) I found that the corned beef looked a little waterlogged after 90 minutes, so I put the beef on a pan under the broiler for about 10 minutes and broiling it made the top slightly crunchy, while the interior of the meat was tender and juicy. 

This is the absolute key to the best-corned beef I’ve ever made or eaten!  My family agrees.  I was skeptical that a lump of meat that normally takes 5 hours to cook could be done in 90 minutes, but it was amazing!   

If you plan to shred it, you don’t have to cook it under the broiler, but you may want to once you take the meat out of the pressure cooker to add some texture to the beef.

Instant Pot Corned Beef

Additional Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Cod Fish Cakes

Sheet Pan Corned Beef Meatballs and Cabbage

Spicy Reuben Hand Pies

Irish Soda Bread

The Hashinator – Corned Beef Hash Skillet Recipe

How to Make the Perfect Roasted Corned Beef & Cabbage

Traditional Irish Mashed Potatoes (Colcannon)

Healthier Minty Shamrock Shake


Do not discard the braising liquid after removing the vegetables.  It is so full of flavor, I chopped up all the leftover meat and veggies and put it back into the braising liquid, and made Corned Beef & Cabbage soup for lunch the next day.  I think it was possibly the best soup I’ve ever eaten!!

Instant pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Instant Pot Beer Braised Corned Beef and Cabbage

Delicious garlicky corned beef cooked in an instant pot with beer and finished under the broiler for a crunchy top and tender beef.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Instant Pot Corned Beef
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Eva Fry


  • 2.5-3 lb. corned beef brisket including spice packet
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 bottle of beer any will do, but a lager is best
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 lbs red and gold potatoes quartered
  • 3 cups baby carrots
  • 1 head green cabbage cut into large wedges


  • Place corned beef brisket on rack of instant pot, and cover with grainy mustard and spice packet.
  • Add the garlic cloves to the brisket and add the beer and water.
  • Cook for 90 minutes using the meat/stew setting or high pressure. Once time is up, quick release pressure.
  • Remove corned beef to a baking sheet and place under the broiler for 9-10 minutes.
  • In the Instant Pot add the potatoes, carrots, and cabbage to the liquid in the pot.
  • Cook at high pressure for 8-10 minutes. Do a quick-release before removing vegetables.

You can get all the ingredients for this recipe at your local Safeway, which also offers curbside pick up and Safeway Home Delivery!

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6 thoughts on “The Best Beer Braised Instant Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage”

  1. I made this tonight for St Patrick’s Day. My husband is part Scotch-Irish, so I make corned beef and cabbage b/c he loves it. I like to substitute mushrooms for the potatoes, but otherwise, I am true to the average recipe. This one was fabulous. I love the mustard/spices layer, and the broil at the end is perfect. Truly, it was the best recipe for CB and C that I have ever made. I only had spicy mustard instead of grainy mustard, but that was brilliant. As a new “Instant Pot” owner, this will be my yearly go-to. Thanks.

  2. Patricia Savage

    5 stars
    Great recipe, I used Guinness and the flavor was credible! I skipped the broiler but will try that next time. Hubby said best he has ever had!

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