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Instant Pot Corned Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Instant Pot Corned Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce is a perfect low-carb or Keto meal any time of year, and this is so easy to make in the Instant Pot! 

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I think this recipe for Instant Pot Corned Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce is a perfect dinner idea for anyone who loves corned beef or who might be going to try making it for the big corned-beef eating day coming up. Corned beef is something I don’t eat often, but I make it every year for St. Patrick’s Day, and always enjoy it with the Creamy Horseradish Sauce that’s featured in this recipe.

I’ve cooked Slow Cooker Corned Beef many times, and that method is great if you’re a slow cooker fan. But using the Instant Pot produced the most tender corned beef I’ve ever made and this easy method will make St. Patrick’s Day dinner even easier! If you haven’t tried Instant Pot corned beef, I bet you’re going to love it! And to encourage you to try it, I’m featuring this as my Friday Favorites pick for the week!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • flat cut corned beef
  • Bay Leaves (affiliate link)
  • whole peppercorns
  • Dried Thyme (affiliate link)
  • onion
  • canned low-sodium chicken broth
  • water, if needed to cover the corned beef
  • cup sour cream
  • cup mayo
  • cream-style horseradish

What is Corned Beef?

Corned Beef is a beef roast, usually the brisket, that has been salt-cured to tenderize and preserve the meat. And did you know that Corned Beef is not actually a traditional Irish food, but something Irish people started eating when they came to America. Here’s more about corned beef and why it’s popular for St. Patrick’s Day. And check out Low-Carb and Keto Corned Beef Recipes for more ideas for cooking corned beef or using leftover corned beef.

How Long Should You Cook Corned Beef in the Instant Pot?

Cooking corned beef in the pressure cooker is so foolproof and easy that you barely need a recipe, but when I first tried it I checked a lot of sources online for tips, and I did find variations in the suggested cooking time. Over and over people recommended 90 minutes at high pressure, and that will produce ultra-tender corned beef. But if you want corned beef that holds together well for sandwiches, I’d cut the cooking time down to 80 minutes.

What Size Instant Pot Did I Use?

I used a 6 Quart Instant Pot (affiliate link) for this recipe, but you can make this in any electric pressure cooker or stovetop pressure cooker as well. Check out my growing collection of Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot Recipes! You can find more Instant Pot Recipes on my other site, Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker.

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How to Make Instant Pot 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 (affiliate link), peppercorns, Dried Thyme (affiliate link), and an onion to flavor the meat and two cans of low-sodium chicken broth for the liquid. 
  3. Set the pressure cooker or Instant Pot to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 90 minutes. (If you want meat that’s a bit less fall-apart tender so you can slice it for sandwiches, you can reduce the time to 80 minutes.)
  4. When time is up, use the natural release method for 20 minutes and then release any additional pressure.
  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. Slice corned beef against the grain to serve.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!

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Make it a Low-Carb 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. And if you’re lucky enough to have extras, check out my ideas for leftover corned beef!

More Tasty Corned Beef Recipes:

The BEST Slow Cooker Corned Beef Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
The BEST Instant Pot Corned Beef ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Slow Cooker Corned Beef ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage ~ Pressure Cooking Today
Corned Beef with Tangy Mustard-Horseradish Sauce ~ The Perfect Pantry

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

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Instant Pot 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, if 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. You can cut it in half if needed.
  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 almost cover the corned beef with liquid.
  5. Set the electric pressure cooker to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 90 minutes, or you can use 80 minutes if you prefer firmer corned beef that will slice apart easily for sandwiches (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 for 20 minutes, then quick release the remaining 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 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 a 6 Quart Instant Pot (affiliate link) for this recipe, but you can make this in any electric pressure cooker 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: 717Total Fat: 56gSaturated Fat: 18gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 246mgSodium: 2406mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Corned beef is definitely a low-carb ingredient, so this should be good for low-carb, Keto, or low-glycemic diets. The original 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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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted March 13, 2015. Recipe was updated with better photos and improve instructions on March 13, 2020.

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    34 Comments on “Instant Pot Corned Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce”

  1. great piece of sharing!!

  2. I just made this, well the vegetables are cooking as I write this, but the beef is delicious and so tender. I had to sneak a piece as I was putting it in the oven to keep warm. And that sauce, yum!
    Thanks for sharing! 

  3. In almost 50 years of marriage, this is the BEST corned beef I ever made!!

  4. 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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  7. 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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  13. After seeing your Instant Pot recipes, especially for my favorite meal, corned beef, I NEED ONE!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

    • Carol, so glad you enjoyed it. I think this is my preferred way to cook corned beef now. Your sauce sounds delicious too!

  16. 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 @ www.southernboydishes.com

  17. 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.

    • Lydia, I think this is now my go-to method for corned beef! I love the more tender result. I've never had corned beef quite this tender from the slow cooker.

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

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