The best thing about our Instant Pot brisket recipe is that instead of spending a whole day outside, you can make the dish in a little over an hour.
The beef is slathered in a mixture of seasoning and spices and cooked until falling-apart tender in the Instant Pot. The result is buttery beef with a pleasant chewiness that’s bursting with moist and juicy flavors.
This recipe delivers all the goodness of the traditional brisket: it’s rich, sweet, savory, and spicy with a signature smoky note.
Is Our Recipe Healthy?
The short answer is yes, our Instant Pot brisket recipe is healthy.
Nutritionally, each serving of our Instant Pot brisket contains approximately 480 calories. This leaves ample space for a salad side dish and vitamin-rich juice, to create a nourishing 750-calorie meal.
Aside from being a filling dish, this brisket is a powerhouse of protein. Each serving of ours provides 44.4 g of protein — nearly 90 % of the recommended daily intake
Plus, with the abundance of veggies that’s included, our brisket yields a noticeable amount of fiber, vitamins, and minerals; essential nutrients to maintain a healthy body.
How to Prepare Brisket
The traditional smoked brisket is a difficult cut to master. It requires knowledge and skill to go through the whole process from picking the right cut and trimming it, to managing the fire during the long cooking process.
The good news is that our Instant Pot brisket recipe adapts to a foolproof and easier version. All you have to do is prepare and season the beef and the Instant Pot will do the rest.
Every delicious brisket starts from the same point: the right beef cut. Great brisket isn’t so much about fancy beef cuts as a tough piece of meat — perfect for slow pressure-cooking.
We suggest a top-quality packer brisket (whole brisket) with marbling in the meat and a thick fat. This cut allows the leaner part to be cooked at almost the same rate as the thicker and fatter parts.
The seasoning for our Instant Pot brisket is a blend of barbeque spices. Including salt, pepper, sugar, and a gravy mix, the main flavor profile lends a true taste of Texas while still letting the beef flavor dominate.
Dried herbs like thyme, oregano, and rosemary, along with red wine, soak into the meat and add another dimension of flavor. The spices and seasoning also help to tenderize the meat, resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth experience.
How to Cut
A whole flavorful packer of brisket can be an intimidating cut for any home cook since the way you cut it actually affects the final taste and texture.
Thus, to slice a brisket the proper way, follow these steps:
Let the Brisket Rest: Reacting to the high heat in the cooking process, most of the moisture will escape from the meat. Resting the brisket reverses that process and allows the juices to be reabsorbed.
Pick the Right Knife: We recommend a sharp and serrated slicing knife of 12 – 14 inches. It doesn’t have to be a really expensive type, it just has to be capable of cutting through the brisket with minimal pressure.
Find the Grain: Our aim is to slice against the grain. That will break up the chewy muscle fibers so that the meat becomes much more tender in every slice.
Slice: Slice the brisket at an angle against the grain. This way every slice will remain the same: a perfect balance of meat, fat, and smoke.
How to Store and Reheat Leftover
Cooked brisket with gravy will last about 3 to 5 days in the fridge. If you have leftovers, allow them to cool before transferring to an airtight container and pacing in the fridge.
You can also keep it in the freezer where it will last up to a month. Make sure you store it in an airtight container or Ziploc bag to prevent freezer burn.
What to Serve With
Here are a few suggestions on complementary side dishes for your brisket:
Coleslaw is a simple cabbage salad that goes perfectly with our brisket. You can mix this salad the night before and put it in the fridge to rest and marinate.
The following day, you will have a delicious coleslaw to serve with your brisket. The cool, crunchy, and raw cabbage will make a nice contrast to the rich, savory, tender beef.
2. Mashed Potatoes
A side of mashed potatoes is a great companion to any braised dish, and brisket is no exception.
For a beautiful presentation, take a scoop of the mash and put it in the middle of a plate. Use the back of a spoon to make a dent on top of the mash.
Place your sliced brisket on top of the mashed potatoes and pour the sauce over. This allows you to mix the sauce with the mash, creating a comforting, savory taste in every bite.
3. Meal Plan with Brisket
Although coleslaw and mashed potatoes are both delicious, they may be too high in calories. To make a healthy meal plan, you should look for alternatives with fewer calories.
Our recommendations are a side of watermelon arugula salad and a glass of pineapple celery juice.
A fresh salad is the best way to add more fiber and brighten up a rich, savory dish like brisket. After that, have a refreshing glass of sweet tropical fruit juice to cleanse your palate and finish a satisfying meal.
Here are the combined of the meal:
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1 1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth (reserving 2 tbsp)
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp brown gravy mix
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp parsley (roughly chopped)
Sear the beef: Turn on your Instant Pot, set it to the ‘Sauté’ program, and wait for it to heat up. Add 2 tbsp olive oil and 28 oz beef. Sear for 5 minutes, flipping halfway through to brown on both sides. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Sweat the onions: Add 4 oz chopped onions to the pot and cook for 2 minutes or until translucent, stirring constantly.
Wake the spices: Add 1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp gravy mix, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, and 1/2 tsp brown sugar. Stir for 30 seconds to wake the aroma.
Cook the brisket: Put the seared beef back in the pot. Reserve 2 tbsp chicken broth in a small bowl. Pour the remaining chicken broth into the pot. Cover with the lid and turn the valve knob to ‘Sealing Position’. Set your device to the ‘Meat Stew’ program and cook for 65 minutes.
Add vegetables: Carefully turn the valve knob to release the steam. Add 12 oz potatoes and 8 oz carrots to the pot. Cover and set your device to cook for another 20 minutes.
Reduce the sauce: Remove the beef, potatoes, and carrots from the pot, put them onto a plate, and set aside. Set your device to the ‘Sauté’ program and cook for 10 minutes or until the sauce is reduced, stirring occasionally.
Thicken the sauce: Mix 2 tsp cornstarch and the previously reserved 2 tbsp chicken broth together. Add this to the sauce, stir for 1 minute, and turn the Instant Pot to ‘Keep Warm’ setting.
Garnish and serve: Cut the brisket into thick slices. Arrange the brisket, potatoes, and carrots on a serving plate. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and serve.
Instant Pot Brisket
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 476Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Vitamin A 8275IU
Vitamin C 15mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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