Corned Beef and Cabbage (Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker)

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker)  — you choose whether you want to make traditional corned beef and cabbage low and slow in the slow cooker or fast in the pressure cooker!  

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker) -- you choose whether you want to make traditional corned beef and cabbage low and slow in the slow cooker or fast in the pressure cooker! @FlavortheMoment

This Corned Beef and Cabbage (Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker) is a another recipe and photo redo from the archives 4 years ago.  My old recipe was virtually unloved and untouched because of less than stellar photos, and since it’s a tradition in my house every year for St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s important to me to have a recipe that I’m proud of to share with you here.

That required that I make corned beef well before St. Patrick’s Day for photography’s sake.  Since we’ve already had our fill of corned beef, I have no idea what I’ll be making for St. Patrick’s Day on Friday.  Maybe the leftover Guinness Beef Chili that I popped into the freezer?

That’s a small dilemma that I’ll get figured out.

Perhaps you saw the gorgeous Wellshire Farms corned beef that I scooped up at Whole Foods over a week ago on my Instagram stories?   I wasn’t paid to say that — it’s just a brand I love.  Their First Cut Brisket has no nitrates, which is the main reason why this particular corned beef doesn’t have that distinctive pink color.

My original corned beef and cabbage recipe was made in the slow cooker, but I wanted to give you another option.  Corned beef takes 8-10 hours on low in a slow cooker, but only 90 minutes tops in a pressure cooker.

Nice right?

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker) -- you choose whether you want to make traditional corned beef and cabbage low and slow in the slow cooker or fast in the pressure cooker! @FlavortheMoment

I haven’t purchased an Instant Pot yet, which I understand gives you the ability to cook slow or fast in one pot.  I own (2) slow cookers and one pressure cooker, so do I really need an Instant Pot?  Maybe…especially since there’s a browning option which helps you skip browning on the stove top.  I’ll probably end up getting one eventually, but trust me…both of these options will work in your Instant Pot too.

I’m going to admit something to you now…I cooked the hell out of my cabbage.  Not that you can’t tell just by looking at it!  I was busy with house work while this was cooking, and popped it in way too early.  Overcooked cabbage is easily avoidable, and I’ll let you know under the tips section when to add your cabbage.

I chose to use fingerling potatoes, carrots, and parsnips along with the cabbage, and they were delicious.  They soaked up the liquid from the corned beef and were so flavorful!  This meal is perfect with my Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread Muffins or Apricot Orange Irish Soda Bread.

Now all you need is some green beer!

Recipe Tips:

Slow Cooker method –> I haven’t had success cooking corned beef on high in the slow cooker.  It never comes out tender enough for me.  My advice is to cook it on low with the potatoes, carrots, and parsnips for 8-10 hours or until the meat is tender.  Add the cabbage during the last 20 minutes of cooking to avoid overcooking.

Pressure Cooker method –> The corned beef will take about 90 minutes to cook, but check for doneness after 1 hour.  To avoid overcooking your potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and cabbage, add them during the last 20-30 minutes of cooking time.

** I’m sure either of these methods can be easily made in your Instant Pot!

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker) -- you choose whether you want to make traditional corned beef and cabbage low and slow in the slow cooker or fast in the pressure cooker! @FlavortheMoment

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker) — you choose whether you want to make traditional corned beef and cabbage low and slow in the slow cooker or fast in the pressure cooker!

Ingredients:

  • (1) 3 – 3 1/2 lb. corned beef brisket with seasoning packet (discard liquid from package). I used Wellshire Farms First Cut Brisket.
  • 1 lb. fingerling potatoes (halve if large in size)*
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 2″ chunks
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 2″ chunks
  • 4 cups water or enough to cover the corned beef
  • 1 medium head cabbage, cut into (8) large wedges

Directions:

Slow Cooker method:

  1. Place corned beef in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the potatoes, carrots, and parsnips around the corned beef, then add enough water to cover the corned beef. Cook on low 8-10 hours or until tender. Add the cabbage wedges during the last 20 minutes of cooking time to avoid overcooking.

Pressure Cooker method:

  1. Place the corned beef and water in the pressure cooker. Seal the lid and cook at high pressure for 1 hour. Use the quick pressure release and remove the lid when it’s safe to do so. Add the potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and cabbage. Cook on high pressure for another 20-30 minutes, or until the vegetables are the desired doneness.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • Be sure not to add salt to anything as the corned beef has plenty!
  • I used Wellshire Farms First Cut Brisket, which has no nitrates, which is why my corned beef isn’t pink in color.
  • The fingerlings may be replaced with your favorite potatoes, just halve or quarter depending on size.
  • Cooking time is subject to change, depending on the size of your corned beef.
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Corned Beef and Cabbage (Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker) -- you choose whether you want to make traditional corned beef and cabbage low and slow in the slow cooker or fast in the pressure cooker! @FlavortheMoment