Easy Instant Pot Corned Beef with Beer

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, or really any day, this easy Instant Pot Corned Beef is moist, tender and flavorful and sure to become a family dinner favorite. Corned beef is cooked in beef stock and dark beer then joined by potatoes, carrots and onions to make a tasty one pot meal. If the taste doesn’t get you salivating, the aromas will!

Siced corned beef surrounded by potatoes and vegetables on white platter.

Instant Pot Corned Beef with Beer

OK, I’m not Irish. I can’t even claim the least little bit, but every year on St. Patrick’s Day, I pretend I have a wee bit of Irish in me. I love all the traditions and the wearing of the green, so it is fun to take part anyway and just pretend for a day.  And one of my favorite Irish dishes has got to be corned beef complete with Irish soda bread on the side. Hey mum, are you sure I don’t have any Irish hidden in me somewhere?

Closeup of sliced corned beef on cutting board.

This is a simple dish to make in the Instant Pot. It is more or less a dump and cook complete dinner, the best kind right?, with the vegetables going in separately at the end so as not to overcook. Don’t have an instant pot? No problem! This can actually be made in the crockpot as well, which is a great option when you’re away from the house all day. I’ve included the instructions in the notes section of the recipe card below. However, believe me when I tell you, this 4 pound corned beef Instant Pot method is so easy and the result so awesome, you might want to go out and get an Instant Pot pronto!

Questions and tips

How long does it take to cook corned beef in the instant pot?

For a two-pound roast, the total time, counting the pressure release, is about 90 minutes. If adding the vegetables, another 4 minutes needs to be added. For a three-pound roast add 5 minutes to the cooking time and 10 minutes for a four-pound roast.

What is the best beer to cook corned beef in?

The first rule in cooking is always use a beer or wine that you would drink by itself. The second is to always use a quality beverage so that it instills the best flavor into the dish. In this case, I use a dark beer, like Guinness, as I feel the slight bitterness of the beer accents the natural flavors of the corned beef perfectly.

Why is salt not added to the cooking broth?

Corned beef is cured in a salt-brine so there is no need to add more. It flavors both the meat and the subsequently added vegetables very adequately. If you prefer your corned beef less salty, you should rinse it under water prior to cooking.

Easy Steps to Make Instant Pot Corned Beef

Prep steps 1-6 to prepare instant pot corned beef.

  1. Place corned beef in Instant Pot. (photo 1)
  2. Sprinkle with spice packet, drop in fresh thyme sprigs and add minced garlic. (photo 2)
  3. Add beef broth. I use the unsalted or low sodium variety as there is already enough salt in the meat. (photo 3)
  4. Slowly pour in the beer. Cover, seal, and cook on high. The amount of time is determined by the size of your roast. (photo 4)
  5. Once pressure has been released, remove corned beef to a plate and cover to keep warm. (photo 5)
  6. Add cut vegetables to broth and cook for 4 minutes on high. At this time, I’d advise you to cover the valve with a paper towel to avoid a mess created from spitting liquids. (photo 6)

Corned beef dinner on platter with beer and Irish soda bread in background.

The Instant Pot is truly a great appliance to make electric pressure cooker corned beef tender, juicy, and flavored with or without beer. So if you want to know how to cook corned beef in a pressure cooker, give this Instant Pot corned beef recipe a try. I’d make this corned beef with beer again no matter what time of year! And the pressure cooked corned beef leftovers are great for delicious lunchtime sandwiches or stir up a hearty corned beef hash for breakfast.

Other ideas for St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Great Side Dish

Easy Irish Soda Bread – An easy no yeast, no-knead Irish Soda Bread with only 5 ingredients.

Crispy Roasted Cabbage Steaks from Dinner then Dessert – cook your cabbage separate with this easy slice and bake crispy cabbage side.

Great Desserts

Key Lime Brownies – Fudgy & moist brownies swirled with a bit of the green, aka key lime cheesecake filling.

Grasshopper Pie – Cool and minty with an Oreo cookie crust.

Great dish for next day

Air Fryer Corned Beef Hash – A quick and easy way to use up leftover corned beef for a delicious breakfast. Just 13 minutes and breakfast is served.

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Siced corned beef surrounded by potatoes and vegetables on white platter with beer in background.

Instant Pot Corned Beef with Beer

This easy Instant Pot Corned Beef is moist & flavorful. It's cooked in beef stock and beer and includes potatoes, carrots & onions for a tasty one pot meal. 
5 from 2 votes
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 24 minutes
Pressure release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 49 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Calories: 881kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb corned beef brisket
  • Spice packet
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3-4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 12 oz dark beer
  • 1 onion cut in chunks
  • 4 potatoes cut in eighths
  • 4-6 large carrots cut in large chunks
  • Garnish: parsley optional

Instructions

  • Place corned beef in bottom of Instant Pot.
  • Sprinkle spice packet on top.
  • Add minced garlic and sprigs of thyme.
  • Pour in beef broth and dark beer.
  • Cover and seal. Cook on high pressure for 75 minutes for 2 lbs., 80 minutes for 3 lbs. and 85 minutes for 4 lbs.
  • When cycle has completed, let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes then do a quick release.
  • Remove corned beef and set aside. Cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Add onion, potatoes and carrots to broth.
  • Cover and seal and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • Cover valve with a paper towel and do a quick release.
  • Slice corned beef and place on serving plate with potatoes and vegetables around it. Top it with a little of the broth.

Notes

To cook in CROCKPOT: Place corned beef in crockpot with spice packet. Add garlic and thyme sprigs then cover with broth and 2 bottles of dark beer. Cook on low for 9-1/2 hours. Halfway through cooking time, place remaining ingredients in crockpot, cover and finish cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 881kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 4654mg | Potassium: 2213mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 10225IU | Vitamin C: 123.4mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 13.2mg

This post has been updated with new photos and instructions for cooking in an Instant Pot. The original post was published on May, 17, 2013.

Easy Instant Pot Corned Beef with Beer

5 Comments

  • Reply
    Carrie
    02/27/2019 at 10:27 pm

    5 stars
    Yummmm, just in time for St Patrick’s Day.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/03/2019 at 7:36 am

      It’s a delicious dinner for the holiday for sure!

  • Reply
    wilhelmina
    02/27/2019 at 9:53 pm

    5 stars
    I love that you have adapted the classic corned beef dinner for the instant pot! I will be making this!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/03/2019 at 7:37 am

      Isn’t the Instant Pot great! It was so easy and came out so delicious that I just might be making this way more often.

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