Southern Soul Food Corned Beef And Cabbage

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Slowly cooked, enriched with flavors, deliciously soft and tender at the inner, spicy and tasty at the outer. It’s the ultimate comfort food and keto recipe of protein and veggies. And it only takes 90 minutes to make this Sunday dinner feast. 

What am I raving about?

The ionic recipe Southern corned beef and cabbage made the soul food way!

 

Southern Soul Food Corned Beef And Cabbage

 

This Southern soul food corned beef and cabbage recipe is a complete power pack of the most deliciously seasoned protein surrounded by a beautiful vegetable medley. A one-pot meal – straight to plate!

Corned beef and cabbage is a featured recipe and originally Irish- American classic cuisine, especially enjoyed on St. Patrick’s Day. 

However, corned beef and cabbage is also a Southern recipe favorite, and this one is enhanced with soul food seasoning for maximum flavor. The best corned beef cabbage recipe!

 

Why is it called corned beef?

Corned beef came about in the 17th century, and the word “corned” was used to describe the size of the salt crystals used to cure the meat.

 

 

Why should you make Southern corned beef and cabbage in the Instant Pot?

This is one of those magical meals in minutes!

Easy corned beef and cabbage! Thanks to Instant Pot, only one pot is needed to take this recipe from the cooking liquid straight to the plate.

And unlike a slow cooker corned beef recipe, this dish is ready in a matter of minutes instead of overnight or hours stewing over a hot stove.

 

How long does it take to cook a 2-pound corned beef brisket?

How long do you cook corned beef per pound?

Without an Instant Pot, corned beef bakes at a ratio of an hour a pound. 

So a 2-pound corned beef will need to bake for 2 hours. A 2.25-pound corned beef for 2 hours 15 minutes, 2.5-pound corned beef will bake for 2 hours and 30 minutes, and so on.

 

How long does it take to cook corned beef and cabbage in the Instant Pot?

How long should you cook it for?

It only takes 90 minutes for pressure cooking corned beef. And only an additional 4 minutes when you add the chopped cabbage wedges to the Instant Pot.

This is why Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage is the first choice over the stovetop, crockpot corned beef, or slow cooker corned beef and cabbage recipes any day!

 

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How do you cook corned beef and cabbage in the Instant Pot?

This recipe includes easy Instant Pot instructions for pressure cooker corned beef. 

Simply season the corn beef and then place it in beef broth in the Instant Pot. Pressure cook on high for a cook time of 90 minutes, and then quick release the pressure to add the cabbage to the pot.

 

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Ingredients for Southern soul food corned beef and cabbage

  • 2-3 pound corned beef brisket
  • 3 cups of beef broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 pound cabbage, shredded
  • ½ a cup of yellow onion, coarsely chopped 
  • ¼ cup of carrots, (or baby carrots) coarsely chopped 
  • ½ a cup of unsalted butter

 

What if your corned beef didn’t come with a spice packet?

Where do you get the seasoning packet? 

When you buy a corned beef brisket, it’s often included in the packaging. Unless your beef is butcher cut.

If your corned beef brisket does not come with a seasoning packet, or maybe you want to spice up your dish your way (or the way I do). 

Then I gotchu!

Here’s my signature soul food seasoning recipe for corned beef brisket. The ingredients below combined as a whole make the corned beef pickling spice.

 

Ingredients for Southern soul food corned beef seasoning (pickling spice)

  • ½ teaspoon of yellow mustard seeds
  • ½ a teaspoon of brown mustard seeds
  • ½ a teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • ½ a teaspoon of dill weed
  • ½ a teaspoon of allspice
  • 1 teaspoon of whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves, crushed 
  • ¼ teaspoon of red chili flakes
  • ½ a teaspoon of salt
  • ½ a teaspoon of black pepper

 

Instructions for Southern soul food corned beef and cabbage

  1. Remove the corned beef brisket from the packaging and rinse well.
  2. If using the spice packet that comes with the brisket, rub the mixture all over the top, non-fatty side of the corned beef.

    Mix the seasonings in a small mixing bowl if you make your seasoning per the pickling spices ingredients above (yellow mustard seeds, brown mustard seeds, coriander seeds, dill weed, allspice, cloves, crushed bay leaves, red chili flakes, salt, and pepper). Then rub the mixture all over the top, non-fatty side of the corned beef.

  3. Place the Instant Pot steamer trivet rack on the kitchen counter and put the seasoned brisket on top.
  4. Open the Instant Pot lid and pour the beef broth and the garlic into the stainless steel inner pot.
  5. Then using the trivet rack handles, place the brisket inside the Instant Pot stainless steel inner pot, seasoned side up and fatty side down. 
  6. Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 90 minutes.
  7. When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 15 minutes.
  8. To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release the remaining pressure.
  9. Baste the corned beef by spooning the beef broth in the pot over the top of the brisket, then carefully remove the meat using the trivet rack handles.
  10. Place the corned beef on a cutting board, slide out the trivet rack underneath it, and then slice the meat, cover it to keep it warm, and set it aside.
  11. Add the cabbage, onion, carrots, and butter to the inner pot, sinking the cabbage and vegetables into the beef broth. 
  12. Place the lid back on the Instant Pot (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 4 minutes.
  13. When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 2 minutes.
  14. To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure.
  15. Us a large spoon to stir the cooked cabbage and a slotted spoon to serve the cabbage with the sliced corned beef.
  16. Serve Southern soul food corned beef and cabbage right away, and enjoy!

 

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How would you change the recipe if you want to cook cabbage, carrots, and potatoes in the Instant Pot at the same time?

Check out this Instant Pot corned beef recipe HERE for instructions on cooking corned beef, cabbage, carrots, and red potatoes in the Instant Pot simultaneously.

 

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What do you serve with corned beef and cabbage?

This Southern corned beef and cabbage recipe is often served with other soul food vegetable favorites like brown sugar-glazed carrotsSouthern creamy mashed potatoesSouthern baked apple slices, or Southern tea cakes (similar to Irish soda bread).

 

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Southern soul food corned beef and cabbage FAQs 

Should you rinse corned beef before cooking?

Yes, you should rinse corned beef under cool water to remove any excess salt before cooking it. But, don’t worry, you won’t rinse away the flavor – the meat is fully cured and infused with flavor by this point.

 

How do you know when Instant Pot corned beef is done?

If you have a meat thermometer, that’s a plus point for you! 

Check the meat’s readiness, and when the thermometer reads 145 degrees F, the beef cooking is done.

However, if you don’t have a meat thermometer, there is no need to worry. Instead, check the meat readiness with a fork or knife cut.

 

When placing meat in the pressure cooker, do you put the fat side up or down?

Should the fat side of the brisket be facing up or down? That’s one of the most common questions when cooking corned beef.

For Instant Pot corned beef, the answer is down. You want the seasoned (non-fatty side) facing up.

 

Why do you place the meat on a rack instead of in the liquid?

Is it OK not to use a rack?

Yes, but the preferred method for cooking Instant Pot corned beef is the brisket on the Instant Pot trivet rack to avoid the meat directly boiling in the heated broth. 

And functionally, the rack is for ease in placing and removing the brisket from the hot-pot of liquid.

 

If you double the amount of corned beef, do you double the amount of broth? 

“How do you change this recipe?” and “Should you increase the cooking time?” are common Instant Pot questions.

Perhaps if you double the recipe, does the cooking time change at all?

For example, if you had a 4.5 or 6-pound corned beef brisket, should you change the cooking time? 

If you double the recipe, you’ll need an Instant Pot size larger than the standard-6 quart because a second brisket is not likely to fit.

Also, the dynamic recipe card below allows you to adjust the ingredients for the recipe based on the number of servings you desire to make.

 

Can this recipe be cooked on the stovetop in a large pot for several hours?

Yes, Southern corned beef and cabbage can be cooked on the stovetop. But I wish everyone knew how easy Instant Pot cooking is for busy households. One-pot… straight to plate!

The Instant Pot method is almost foolproof. So there’s no need to cook at a high temperature for long periods. 

 

Why is your corned beef coming out tough?

It’s probably overcooked. A problem that’s almost non-existent with this Instant Pot corned beef recipe. The meat should be tender, juicy, and easy to break apart.

 

What can you make with leftovers?

Corned beef and cabbage are easy to make and enjoy. You can even eat the leftover corned beef as corned beef hash or in a Ruben sandwich. Or the leftover cabbage in broth as cabbage soup.

 

What do you think of this recipe?

Southern soul food corned beef and cabbage is pressure-cooked and enriched with intense flavor! A meat and vegetable dish where the meat’s prepared to be deliciously soft and tender and the cabbage buttery rich in a seasoned beef broth.

And with Instant Pot, it only takes about 90 minutes to make this Sunday dinner feast!

 

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Southern Soul Food Corned Beef And Cabbage

Southern Soul Food Corned Beef And Cabbage

Southern soul food corned beef and cabbage is pressure-cooked & enriched with intense flavor. Tender seasoned meat with buttery rich cabbage is a Southern comfort food favorite!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 34 minutes
Pressure Release Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 1 minute
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Keyword: Black folks corned beef recipe, corned beef and cabbage, Instant Pot corned beef, Instant Pot recipe, keto, soul food corned beef, soul food corned beef and cabbage, Southern corned beef, Southern corned beef and cabbage, Southern soul food corned beef and cabbage
Servings: 6
Calories: 513kcal
Author: Shaunda Necole

Equipment

  • Instant Pot electric pressure cooker
  • Instant Pot trivet rack

Ingredients

Ingredients for Southern soul food corned beef and cabbage

  • 2-3 pound corned beef brisket
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3-4 pound cabbage shredded
  • ½ cup yellow onion coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup carrots (or baby carrots) coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter

Ingredients for Southern soul food corned beef seasoning (pickling spice)

  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Remove the corned beef brisket from the packaging and rinse well.
  • If using the spice packet that comes with the brisket, rub the mixture all over the top, non-fatty side of the corned beef.
    Mix the seasonings in a small mixing bowl if you make your seasoning per the pickling spices ingredients above (yellow mustard seeds, brown mustard seeds, coriander seeds, dill weed, allspice, cloves, crushed bay leaves, red chili flakes, salt, and pepper). Then rub the mixture all over the top, non-fatty side of the corned beef.
  • Place the Instant Pot steamer trivet rack on the kitchen counter and put the seasoned brisket on top.
  • Open the Instant Pot lid and pour the beef broth and the garlic into the stainless steel inner pot.
  • Then using the trivet rack handles, place the brisket inside the Instant Pot stainless steel inner pot, seasoned side up and fatty side down.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 90 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 15 minutes.
  • To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release the remaining pressure.
  • Baste the corned beef by spooning the beef broth in the pot over the top of the brisket, then carefully remove the meat using the trivet rack handles.
  • Place the corned beef on a cutting board, slide out the trivet rack underneath it, and then slice the meat, cover it to keep it warm, and set it aside.
  • Add the cabbage, onion, carrots, and butter to the inner pot, sinking the cabbage and vegetables into the beef broth.
  • Place the lid back on the Instant Pot (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 4 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 2 minutes.
  • To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Us a large spoon to stir the cooked cabbage and a slotted spoon to serve the cabbage with the sliced corned beef.
  • Serve Southern soul food corned beef and cabbage right away, and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 2530mg | Potassium: 956mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1616IU | Vitamin C: 126mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 4mg
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Nutrition Facts
Southern Soul Food Corned Beef And Cabbage
Amount per Serving
Calories
513
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
39
g
60
%
Saturated Fat
 
17
g
106
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
15
g
Cholesterol
 
122
mg
41
%
Sodium
 
2530
mg
110
%
Potassium
 
956
mg
27
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Fiber
 
6
g
25
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
27
g
54
%
Vitamin A
 
1616
IU
32
%
Vitamin C
 
126
mg
153
%
Calcium
 
125
mg
13
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Cyrene
    May 22, 2022 / 12:36 pm

    5 stars
    Corned beef (or just beef) and cabbage is a perfect pair!

    • May 23, 2022 / 2:07 pm

      5 stars
      I agree – corned beef and cabbage are one of the best Southern food pairings!

  2. mhast
    October 8, 2022 / 2:56 pm

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe! I’m from the south and this is a dish that I always make. I usually use a different type of cabbage, but this recipe is great.

    • October 8, 2022 / 4:52 pm

      5 stars
      I’m so glad you love this Southern cabbage recipe!

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