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Pressure Cooker Corned beef and cabbage is an easy and delicious way to get dinner ready in minutes instead of hours!

This low-carb corned beef brisket can also be easily modified to be cooked in a crockpot or slow cooker so you can come home from work and enjoy a nice home cooked meal!

a plate of corned beef, cabbage and carrots

A St. Patrick’s Day Favorite

St. Paddy’s Day is nearly here and this holiday is famously known for the traditional food and drinks that come with it.  Green beer, shepherd’s pie, and of course corned beef and cabbage. 

Cooking corned beef in a pressure cooker makes it not only quick and easy but extra tender. Serve with cabbage (cooked in the pressure cooker too) and a side of mashed cauliflower to keep it as low as carb as possible this St Paddy’s Day. 

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What is Corned Beef?

Corned beef, typically made from beef brisket, is a salt-cured cut of beef. Corned beef gets its name from the way it is processed.

It is called “corned beef” because of the process that is used to cure it. It is processed with large salt rocks called “corns” of salt. Large rock salts, known as “corns” are used to cure the beef. Corned beef is often served hot with cabbage or sliced cold for sandwiches. Try it on our low carb bread!

What Part of the Cow is Corned Beef?

Corned beef comes from the brisket of the cow. This cut is located on the side of the cow, just below the shoulder (or chuck).

ingredients for instant pot corned beef

The Spices

You may wonder what’s in that packet filled with spices to put on your corned beef before cooking. Commonly included in this packet is salt and pepper, nutmeg, bay leaves, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, coriander, and mustard seed. If you don’t have a spice packet in your corned beef, use some pickling spices in place.

Is Corned Beef Keto?

Yes, corned beef is brined beef brisket and most of the carbs in a corned beef recipe come from the potatoes. In this recipe we skip the spuds and double up on the cabbage (although you could substitute roasted cauliflower too).

A standard corned beef brisket recipe has about 213 calories per serving (85g), 16.1g fat, 15.5g protein, 0.4g net  carbs per 3oz serving. I use cronometer to track macros and look up nutritional information. 

Steps for Instant Pot Corned Beef

How to Cook Corned Beef in a Pressure Cooker

  1. Place beef fat side up per recipe below.
  2. Top with spices, onion and garlic. Add broth and cook for about 1 hour.
  3. Naturally release the pressure and let the corned beef rest.
  4. While it is resting, cook the veggies for 3 minutes and quick release.

Tips

  • Place the corned beef fat side up when cooking.
  • Evenly sprinkle your spices over the beef and add any vegetables that you want to increase the flavor of the corned beef (often onion and garlic).
  • Strain the liquid and serve it along with the vegetables and meat to drizzle on top.

Cook Time

Corned beef cook time can depend on the pressure cooker you have as well as the size and shape of the brisket. Depending on the type of pressure cooker that you own, corned beef should be cooked between 60-90 minutes on high pressure or on the meat setting. I always allow the pressure to release naturally so that it stays super tender!

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Making Tender Meat in a Pressure Cooker

Does a pressure cooker make meat tender? If cooked correctly, tough cuts of meat can become tender when using a pressure cooker. These tough cuts, like beef chuck, have a lot of collagen, which breaks down into gelatin when cooked. If cooked properly, this collagen can help make the meat tender and juicy, rather than tough and dry.

Can you overcook meat in a pressure cooker? Yes, meat can definitely become overcooked in a pressure cooker making it tough and dry. Make sure you are cooking meat for the appropriate time based on your model of pressure cooker.

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Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Pressure cooker corned beef and cabbage is an easy and delicious way to get dinner ready in minutes instead of hours! This low carb corned beef brisket can also be easily modified to be cooked in a crockpot or slow cooker so you can come home from work and enjoy a nice home cooked meal!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
Pressure build and releast: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 38 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Faith
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ pounds corned beef
  • Spice packet that come with the corned beef
  • 2 medium cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 medium onion peeled and quartered
  • ¾ cup beef bone broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small head cabbage quartered and core cut out
  • 2 medium carrots cut into 2 to 3-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Add the beef to an Instant Pot with the fat side facing up. Sprinkle the spices on top, and then the garlic.
  • Add the onion on the sides of the beef, and then pour in the broth and the Worcestershire sauce on all sides of the meat.
  • Cook on Manual, High Pressure for 60 minutes, and then do a Natural Pressure Release. Transfer the meat to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Leave the liquid in the pot and add the cabbage and carrot. Cook on Manual, High Pressure for 3 minutes and then do a Quick Pressure Release. Transfer the vegetables to the platter with the meat.
  • Strain the liquid and serve it along with the vegetables and meat to drizzle on top.

Notes

Cook time can vary based on pressure cooker and the size and shape of the brisket.
Serve mashed cauliflower and save drippings to drizzle over the meal.
Leftovers are great with fried cabbage or wrapped with sauerkraut in cabbage leaves or lettuce.

Nutrition

Calories: 642kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 3572mg | Potassium: 1410mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 5485IU | Vitamin C: 167.1mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 6.4mg
Keyword beef, cabbage, carrots, corned beef, st paddy's day, st patricks day
Course dinner
Cuisine irish

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