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Pressure Cooker Corned Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Pressure Cooker Corned Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce is delicious, and you save time using the pressure cooker or Instant Pot to cook your corned beef! Use Pressure Cooker Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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I want to share this recipe for Pressure Cooker Corned Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce for anyone who just loves corned beef or who might want to try it for the big corned-beef eating day coming up. Corned beef is something I don’t eat often, but this year I’m cooking Irish Food in memory of my dad and to coincide with visits by a few family members who’ll be staying at my house next week for the wedding of our niece Livi. (And how can that cute teenager already be grown up enough to get married?)

I’ve cooked corned beef in the slow cooker many times, but using the pressure cooker for the corned beef produced the most tender corned beef I’ve ever made and the quick cooking time will make St. Patrick’s Day dinner even easier! If you haven’t tried pressure cooker or Instant Pot corned beef, I bet you’re going to love it!

Actually cooking corned beef in the pressure cooker is so foolproof and easy that you barely need a recipe, although when I checked a few sources online I did find variations in the suggested cooking time. But when two of my favorite blogging friends and Pressure Cooker Perfection by America’s Test Kitchen all recommended 90 minutes cooking time, that’s what I went with.  Then I got distracted and didn’t hear the pressure cooker beep, so mine got a few extra minutes before I released the pressure.

Luckily I wanted extra-tender corned beef that would shred apart for Leftover Corned Beef Low-Carb Reuben Bake, but for sliced corned beef to enjoy with Creamy Horseradish Sauce, the 90 minutes cooking time should be perfect.

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How to Make Pressure Cooker Corned Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe and nutritional information.)

  1. If you can get flat cut corned beef it will be easier to slice. Most of the time one side will have quite a thick layer of fat. I cut off most of that, and the fat that was left scraped off easily once the meat was cooked.
  2. You can use the spice packet that comes with the meat if you prefer, but I used just bay leaves, peppercorns, dried thyme, and an onion to flavor the meat and two cans of low-sodium chicken broth plus a little water for the liquid. 
  3. Set the pressure cooker or Instant Pot to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 90 minutes.
  4. When time is up, use the natural release method.
  5. While the corned beef cooks, mix together sour cream and mayo and stir in cream style horseradish to taste to make a spicy sauce.
  6. I should have sliced the corned beef instead of shredding it apart like this (according to some critics) but we didn’t mind that a bit.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!

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Make it a Meal:

For a low-carb or Keto meal this would be delicious with Roasted Cabbage with Lemon and Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese.

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Pressure Cooker Corned Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Pressure Cooker Corned Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Use the pressure cooker or Instant Pot to cook your corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day!


  • 4 pound flat cut corned beef
  • 4 large bay leaves (see notes)
  • 8 whole peppercorns (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme (see notes)
  • 1 onion, cut into quarters
  • 2 14 oz. cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • water, as needed to cover the corned beef

Creamy Horseradish Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 2 T cream-style horseradish, or more to taste


  1. Remove the corned beef from the package and rinse well with cold water, until all the accumulated gel is removed.
  2. Most corned beef will have a thick layer of fat on one side; trim off most of that fat and then put the beef in the pressure cooker, fat side facing up.
  3. Add the bay leaves, peppercorns, dried thyme, and onion pieces to the pressure cooker.  (Or use the spice packet in place of the bay leaves, peppercorns, and thyme if you prefer.)
  4. Pour over the chicken broth, with a little additional water if needed to barely cover the corned beef with water.
  5. Set the electric pressure cooker to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 90 minutes.  (For stove-top pressure cooker, bring to high pressure, then reduce heat as low as possible and still maintain high pressure and cook 90 minutes.)
  6. After 90 minutes, use the natural release method to reduce the pressure.
  7. Remove corned beef to a cutting board and let it rest for a few minutes before cutting.  (If you’re going to cook vegetables in the pressure cooker to go with the meat, cover with foil to keep warm.)
  8. Slice meat or just let it shred apart with the grain like I did and serve hot, with Creamy Horseradish Sauce.
Horseradish Sauce Instructions:
  1. Mix together the sour cream and mayo, then stir in cream-style horseradish to taste. (Some horseradish is much spicier than others, so I’d start by stirring in a small amount of horseradish and tasting the sauce, then adding more until it’s as spicy as you like it.)


You can use the packet of seasonings that come with the corned beef in place of the bay leaves, peppercorns, and thyme if you prefer.

I used my Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker, but you can make this in the Instant Pot or a stovetop pressure cooker as well.

Recipe slightly adapted from Pressure Cooker Perfection by America’s Test Kitchen and recipes from two of my favorite blogging friends.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 717 Total Fat: 56g Saturated Fat: 18g Unsaturated Fat: 30g Cholesterol: 246mg Sodium: 2406mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 46g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Corned beef is definitely a low-glycemic and low-carb dish, so this should be good for those diets.The South Beach Diet doesn’t recommend corned beef because of the amount of fat, but if you’re doing Phase One and it happens to be St. Patrick’s Day I would certainly have some.

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    26 Comments on “Pressure Cooker Corned Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce”

  1. I bought a 4.5# corned beef ROUND …not brisket…at Costco. Would I cook it in the IP the same way? Would I need to adjust time?

    • I haven’t tried cooking that size or cut of corned beef, so I can’t say for sure. But with 90 minutes cooking time I am guessing it will still be fine even with a larger cut. I’d love to hear how it works if you try it!

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  4. Your recipe calls for slicing against the grain but your picture shows the corned beef sliced with the grain. Slicing with the grain will yield a stringy, tougher product. Your pictures should be changed.

    • My corned beef was definitely not tough or stringy. In fact, it was so tender that it kind of came apart with the grain without slicing. Obviously you can slice your own corned beef any way you prefer. I’ll change my instructions to reflect that. I should have updated that when I re-did the photos.

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  10. After seeing your Instant Pot recipes, especially for my favorite meal, corned beef, I NEED ONE!

  11. Followed the recipe fairly faithfully with a new Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart and a 3 lb corned beef roast. First time I tried a pressure cooker. I selected the "meat/stew" option instead of programming in a time. When the PC came back and told me it would be done in 38 minutes. Sure enough, after the gentle release of pressure over ten minutes the beef was fork tender. Everything turned out great.

  12. Hi Kalyn-this was my first time cooking corned beef in the pressure cooker-it turned out AMAZING. I found you on Barbara's Pressure Cooking Today blog-so glad I did…I made a version of your horseradish sauce to go alongside the tender, juicy meat. I used plain low fat Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream and added a touch of Dijon mustard. I didn't have creamy horseradish so I cut back the amount and used prepared horseradish and mayonnaise….DEEELICIOUS! Thanks SO much for sharing your recipe. I've never had a side sauce with corned beef but that's changed now….I'll definitely be serving this wonderful sauce every time I have our "New England Boiled Dinner".

    Thank you so much!

  13. Believe it or not, I've never cooked corned beef. I've always been curious about it and your recipe looks like one I should try. I love cooking in the pressure cooker and this recipe looks foolproof. Love horseradish, so I'm sure I'd love this! Great post, Kalyn!

    Bill @ http://www.southernboydishes.com

  14. The pressure cooker is the only way I cook corned beef now. I love how easy it is, but mostly I love the texture of the meat when it's cooked that way. Perfect for sandwiches.

  15. Love the idea of making corned beef sandwiches. Your corned beef looks delicious.

  16. This looks really good. The sauce especially sounds phenomenal.