Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage (Instant Pot and Slow Cooker)

Do me a favor: make this Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage in the instant pot or the slow cooker. Trust me, this one’s a keeper!

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I always look forward to March because I’m pretty much guaranteed to get some corned beef and cabbage. I didn’t eat it much as a kid, at least not that I remember. But when I lived in NYC, I worked at an Irish Pub and one year on St. Paddy’s Day, I worked a shift as a cocktail server. I made some pretty insane money that day, as you might imagine.


But the thing that sticks out to me the most that day isn’t all the money I made. What I remember most of all is all the food. The people working at this place and in the kitchen were born and raised in Ireland. The food was seriously delicious and totally legit. I pretty much spent the entire day going back and eating more and more homemade corned beef.

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage. on a plate.

After I moved back home, I was delighted to learn that my mom was also a corned beef enthusiast. Each year she would make it and she eventually showed me how to cook corned beef and cabbage. It’s a meal we always look forward to and I can even remember joking that they better bring me some for after I deliver T (she was born on March 14th and was due on March 16th).

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Over the years we started making crock pot corned beef and cabbage to take any unnecessary work out of it. It tasted just as amazing and make the house smell pretty awesome too! And since I got my Instant Pot this year, I knew I had to give that a shot too. And you guys, it was SO delicious and SO easy!

So I’ve included the both recipes for corned beef and cabbage: slow cooker and instant pot. I’m happy to say that they are both super easy. If you have both pieces of equipment, it really comes down to whether you want it to cook all day or for a shorter amount of time.

An overhead shot of a plate of Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Either way you’ll end up with flavorful corned beef that’s fall-apart tender along with potatoes, carrots and of course that delicious cabbage. I like to sprinkle some apple cider vinegar over my cabbage for a little added zing. We serve our corned beef with a nice, fresh loaf of rye bread and brown mustard (Gulden’s is best but dijon works too).

A platter of Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage (Instant Pot and Slow Cooker)

10 minPrep Time

2 hr, 10 Cook Time

2 hr, 20 Total Time

Yields 6-8 servings


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  • 1 large onion cut into 1-2 inch chunks
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 12 ounce bottle of beer (if using the instant pot try flattening it- just leave it open the night before)
  • 1 can low sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup water (only if necessary to cover the beef- start with a cup and add more if necessary)
  • 3-4 pound corned beef brisket + flavor packet
  • 4-6 carrots cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1-2 pounds baby red skin potatoes
  • Half a head of cabbage (you can use more, it just depends on how much fits into your pot)


    Instant Pot:
  1. Place the onions and garlic into the pot.
  2. Next place the brisket into the pot.
  3. Pour the beer, both, seasoning packet and water over the brisket. It should be just covered with liquid- if necessary, add more water.
  4. Secure the cover onto the instant pot and set the instant pot to Manual High Pressure for 90 minutes.
  5. When the cook time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 10-15 minutes (or longer if you have the time) and then do a quick release.
  6. Remove the beef from the pot and leave the liquid in there. Place the beef into a warm oven while you cook the vegetables.
  7. Add the vegetables into the pot with the liquid and set the instant pot to Manual High pressure for 5 minutes.
  8. Once the cooking time is up, carefully do a quick release.
  9. Serve immediately.
  10. Slow cooker:
  11. Place all the vegetables into the slow cooker.
  12. Next add the brisket.
  13. Top this with the beer, broth, spice packet and water to just cover the beef (add a little more water if necessary).
  14. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
  15. Serve immediately.


It's generally a good idea to use flat beer if you're making this in the instant pot, as carbonation and high pressure don't mix. That being said, I've made it before and survived to tell this tale, although I did notice that when I got to the quick release it was a bit messier. Either way proceed with caution and use safe pressure cooking practices as per the user manual that comes with your instant pot.

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Another favorite instant pot recipe is this one:

Easy Beef Stroganoff Recipe

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I also love this instant pot recipe:

Savory Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

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