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Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

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Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned beef and cabbage in the pressure cooker seemed like a simple idea; instead, it was a comedy of errors. I could not get the details right. Here is the post-mortem of my attempts to get this right, so you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did.

Problem 1: Too salty.
Last year, I tried my usual “cut back the water in the pressure cooker” approach. I used 1 cup of water instead of covering the corned beef. The result was unbelievably salty. I could barely eat it. The rest of the family took one bite, then ignored the corned beef and filled up with soda bread, cabbage, and carrots. Discouraged, I put one serving of the salty corned beef and cabbage in a container and tossed the rest. The next day, the leftovers tasted fine – I guess sitting in the cabbage and juices for a day pulled enough salt out to make it edible.

Problem 2: Undercooked
This year, instead of winging it, I researched recipes. They all said to cover the corned beef with water. (Whoops.) Then I ran into my next hurdle. Most sources cook corned beef at high pressure for 45 minutes to an hour. They quick release the pressure, remove the corned beef, add the vegetables, and cook the vegetables at high pressure for five minutes. That way, the vegetables aren’t overcooked by the long cooking time under pressure.

“Great!” I thought to myself, “Corned beef in an hour!”

I should have known what was coming. Last year I followed Lorna Sass’s instructions, and cooked a two and a half pound corned beef for 70 minutes at high pressure. This year I had a monster – four and a half pounds. I checked the recipe book that came with my electric Cuisinart pressure cooker; it said I should cook for 24 minutes per pound. 108 minutes? Seriously? The Cuisinart’s timer only goes up to 99 minutes. Nah, it couldn’t possibly take that long.

I put the corned beef in the electric pressure cooker, set it for high pressure and fifty minutes. When it beeped, I quick released the pressure and filled the pot with potatoes, carrots and cabbage. The result looked great, the vegetables were perfectly cooked…but the corned beef? Way undercooked. My jaw got tired trying to chew through it. Once again, everyone else took one bite of the corned beef, then filled up on the sides.

I had to crack this. I couldn’t let corned beef beat me. I went back to the store and bought two smaller corned beef roasts, each three and a half pounds.

In case it was the lower pressure of the electric pressure cooker, I cooked one corned beef in my electric PC and the other in my stove top PC.

*Most electric pressure cookers have a high pressure setting of 12 PSI. stove top pressure cookers have a high pressure of 15 PSI.

I cooked both roasts for fifty minutes, quick released the pressure, and checked the corned beef. It wasn’t done. I kept cooking at high pressure, quick releasing every ten minutes and checking the corned beef, until it went from chewy to tender. The stove top pressure cooker took 80 minutes, and the electric PC took 90 minutes. Finally, success!

But, wow, eighty minutes? So much for corned beef in an hour. Still, an hour and a half (including the vegetables) was much better than the ten hours my usual slow cooker recipe takes. Need a corned beef in a hurry? Get a small one, add plenty of water, and do NOT under cook it.

Problem 3: Too Long [Updated 2017-03-13]

So, 90 minutes worked for a smaller corned beef…and I used that recipe for years. But with another St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I started thinking. (Always a dangerous thing.)

What if I tried the trick I learned with Pressure Cooker Pot Roast, and cut the corned beef into pieces? I am going to slice it before I serve – no one will ever notice that I sliced it into 4 pieces before I started cooking. Sure enough, it worked wonders. The 90 minutes under pressure is cut back to 60 minutes under pressure in an electric PC, and only 50 in a stovetop. And, I can get a bigger corned beef – I’m able to fit a 4 pounder in, once I cut it up and fit it in like a jigsaw puzzle.

*Don’t have a pressure cooker? Use a slow cooker. Recipe here: Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Adapted From: Lorna Sass Pressure Perfect

Video: How to make Pressure Cooker Cooker Beef and Cabbage – Time Lapse (1:19)

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Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage


  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x

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Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage. My tradition on St. Patrick’s Day.


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Ingredients

  • 4 pound corned beef with its spice packet
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 stalk celery, quartered crosswise
  • Water to cover (about 4 cups)

Vegetables

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch lengths (or a 1 pound bag of baby carrots)
  • 1 small (3 pound) cabbage, cut into 8 wedges

Instructions

  1. Cook the corned beef: Rinse the corned beef, then cut it crosswise into 4 equal pieces. Put the corned beef, onion, and celery in the pressure cooker pot, sprinkle with the spice packet, then pour in enough water to cover the corned beef. Bring the pressure cooker up to high pressure and cook at high pressure for 50 minutes (stove top PC) or 60 minutes (electric PC). Quick release the pressure, then carefully remove the lid. Test the corned beef with a fork – it should be easy to poke a fork through the thickest section. If it’s not done, lock the lid and cook for another ten minutes at high pressure.
  2. Cook the vegetables: Add carrots to the pot, then lay the cabbage on top. It’s OK if the cabbage comes a bit above the “no fill” line on your cooker; there will still be a lot of airspace. Bring the cooker back up to pressure and cook at high pressure for 5 minutes. Quick release the pressure again. Using a slotted spoon and/or tongs, transfer the vegetables to a platter and the corned beef to a carving board.
  3. Serve: Pour the broth left in the pot into a gravy strainer. While the broth settles, slice the corned beef. Pour a little of the de-fatted broth over the platter of corned beef and vegetables. Serve, passing the rest of the broth at the table.

Notes

  • This recipe will fit in a 6 quart or larger pressure cooker. I love my 6 quart Instant Pot pressure cooker.
  • For my original recipe: Use a smaller corned beef – only 3 pounds, max, and leave it in one piece. Everything in the recipe works the same, except in the “cook the corned beef” step, cook for 90 minutes in an electric PC, or 80 minutes in a stovetop PC.
  • I also removed the potatoes from the recipe – I think they come out better if you cook mashed potatoes on the side. If you want to use them in the recipe: Scoop the corned beef out of the broth after the 60 minute pressure “cook the corned beef” step and set it aside. Add 1 1/2 pounds of redskin new potatoes to the pot, then add the carrots and cabbage on top and continue with the “cook the vegetables” step.
  • Category: Sunday Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Irish
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Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Notes:

  • Leftover corned beef and cabbage freezes well – as long as it is covered in broth.
  • If you have the time, use a natural pressure release for the corned beef instead of the quick release. It’s almost impossible to overcook a corned beef, and my experience with undercooked corned beef has scarred me. I almost added an extra fifteen minutes of cooking time to this recipe, just in case.
  • Watch out for extra-thick corned beef – you want a flat, even piece, three inches thick or so. If you get a thicker one, or a cut from the point end, give it an extra ten to fifteen minutes under pressure.

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.

127 Comments

  1. Denny says

    Just finished making this recipe…came out amazing, substituted a bottle of beer and added enough water to cover the corned beef. 90 minutes in the pressure cooker was perfect. Thanks so much for this recipe it’s a keeper.

  2. It’s important to rinse the corned beef before putting it in the pressure cooker.3lbs at 80 minutes and add 15 minutes for each additional pounds you have.If ypu want you can make a browm sugar mustard glaze and finish it up in the oven. Pressure cooking this makes cooking corned beef not such a drudgery and more time to look for leprechauns.

  3. Debbie Fabrigas says

    Thanks so much, this is the first time using an electric pressure cooker and your instructions, pictures are spot on!!! My husband kept saying how good the cornbeef was and I was amazed at the exact cooking time!! You are amazing!!

  4. Touche.

    But…on St. Patrick’s day, I need a whole corned beef roast, not just a sandwich.

    And, I live in the Akron area, so Slyman’s is a 35 minute drive. Sure, it’s great for a treat when I go up to the “big city”, but as an everyday thing? Not so much.

  5. Tim Stadler says

    You’re in Cleveland and cooking corned beef?  Why bother?  Slymans baby!

  6. Bundalo_Kreegah says

    If you were going to sous vide a corned beef, the issues would be (a) making sure the unit can support a temperature of 190 and (b) finding a sealer that can handle the meat. 

  7. Bundalo_Kreegah says

    Surprised me too. Went to check it 75 minutes in and 75% was over 185.  Didn’t have time to pour off the juices and use them to start cooking the vegetables. 

    Might be the bag (which traps heat inside) or maybe  my rebuilt-in-2006 Thermador WO-18A. It’s tiny (two cubic feet), but everything seems to cook much faster.  It’s not running hot, I’ve checked it. Maybe it’s just that the food is much closer to the heat element.

    And for God’s sake, if you want a Sous Vide, either (a) make one for $75 (start here, but use the comments to idntify improvements to the design: http://blog.makezine.com/2011/02/17/75-sous-vide-immersion-cooker/) or (b) buy a $150 gadget that turns your rice cooker or crock-pot into one (http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=44).

  8. Geoff, that’s IT! I’ll sous vide the corned beef next year. Why didn’t I think of that?

    …ok, just kidding. Unless I get a sous vide supreme, then all bets are off.

    Only 85 minutes in the oven? I’d expect it to take much longer, even with a room temperature brisket.

  9. Bundalo_Kreegah says

    Oy, Gevalt. The other possibility is that you could use a device called “the oven”– a device used in many primitive cultures that cannot afford grills, pressure cookers or crock pots. This is, in fact, how most high-quality purveyors (e.g., Slyman’s) prepare the meat.

    (Though I’m sure Nathan Myrhvold or some other retromingent putz has some 19-hour recipe involving a Thermonix, liquid nitrogen and a Sous Vide.)

    Following Mr. Brisket’s instructions (http://www.misterbrisket.com/recipes/#corned%20beef), using one of those Reynolds turkey bags and a non-convection oven, my four-pounder cooked (reached temperature of 190 degrees) in an 85 minutes.  The only special treatment:  I had it at room temperature. before putting it in the oven

    Another technique that helps if you want the meat to (a) taste better and (b) slice into thin strips, just like a deli is to leave the meat in the bag (or wrap it in saran wrap, if you didn’t use the bag, or use a big pyrex container with a plastic top) and refrigerate it overnight. As you discovered during your first jam-ola, it allows the surface spicing to get inhaled into the center of the meat.

  10. Marlo H says

     Yes, 1:45 exactly.  The two halves held together well enough to go carefully from the pot to the plate, and by the time they was no longer the temperature of the sun, they cut perfectly.  And don’t let the 7lbs fool you – with the amount it cooked down, plus my three teenagers and their hungry father, there’s very little left for my lunch this afternoon!

  11. Thanks for following up.

    And…I’m worried about the three teenager thing already. My three are between seven and ten years old; I’m scared to think how much they’re going to eat in a few years…

    • Dan P says

      After raising 3 boys, all I can say is….Yes, Be Afraid…Be VERY afraid. 🙂

      • Yeah, it’s started. Was that the kids? Or did a horde of locusts strip the kitchen clean?

  12. Marlo H says

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us – it nice to know others have made the same missteps I have.

    As I type this I have an almost 7lb corned beef (bigger than my son at birth, I should note) in my 8 quart Fagor Splendid stove top pressure cooker.  The book that came with my PC says 15 minutes per pound for pot roast, and I’ve found that works pretty well for corned beef also.  Obviously a 7 pounder won’t  fit in my PC in one piece, so I cut it in two, but time it as if it were one piece.  I usually use beer instead of water as I tried it once and my family liked it better.  The cheap stuff works fine.

    Have fun trying pot roast.  It’s a little less forgiving than corned beef, but the result when you get it right is well worth some trial and error. 

  13. Erica says

    I made this last night for my family in my stove top pressure cooker, and it was wonderful.  My corned beef is always a bit tough, but not this year.   Thank you so much for testing, and posting this recipe.  I also used a 4 pound corned beef from Trader Joe’s.  Since I am at 5500 feet I cooked it about 95 minutes, and it was perfect.  Next year I will get smaller potatoes because my potatoes took a bit longer than the other veggies. 

  14. I read your post about the Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker on Wednesday and ordered it that day from Amazon (using your link)- I had been looking to replace my very old and tired stovetop pressure cooker ,it arrived yesterday and today I made the Pressure cooker corned beef -it came out very well-Trader Joe’s only had a 4 lb. corned beef, I cooked it  for 95 minutes and it was perfect. Last year I made corned beef in my slow cooker but this was much better, the vegetables were not overcooked. Thank you for inspiring me to do this. 

  15. Yeah, I was surprised how long corned beef has to cook in the pressure cooker. Now I need to try a pot roast, to see if it’s something about corned beef, or if it is just the larger cut of meat.

  16. Aaron says

    I wish you would have posted this Monday, before I tried it.  I cooked it on the stove top for 55 minutes and it was still a bit chewy. Anyway, thanks for the tip. Now I know.

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