This instant pot braised brisket can be made in under an hour – incredible!
A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a devout home cook who couldn’t understand the lure of the Instant Pot. She likes long braises and doesn’t mind waiting for food.
But today was the perfect example of when an Instant Pot comes in handy. I went mid-week shopping for a few items and saw that brisket was on sale for half price because it had to be sold today. I’ve never cooked brisket before but I know it needs to be low and slow.
I didn’t have time for low and slow.
Before the Instant Pot I would have bypassed the brisket because I have plans tonight and can’t wait for a long braise. But knowing I could cook it in an hour I figured I had time for a classic red wine braise and be out the door in time to meet friends.
Then when Dave comes home after Loka, he’ll have a real meal waiting for him – something he doesn’t often get – usually it’s pizza made from naan bread.
This is why I love Instant Pot. It makes last minute cooking possible.
There are so many different Instant Pot brisket recipes and even more without the pressure cooker. I wanted to choose something I know I’d like. Red wine braised food is always delicious.
ALSO CHECK OUT: Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
But there’s a cardinal rule to cooking with red wine. Do not buy something you wouldn’t drink.
In this recipe I used an Argentinean Malbec, which truthfully isn’t my favourite red wine but it’s what we had on hand. I think a pinot noir, Spanish Rioja, Italian Chianti would all be lovely with this recipe.
But pick whatever you like. When you reduce a sauce the flavours intensify so it could ruin your dinner. And if you hate red wine you can just add another cup of beef stock.
How to Store Red Wine
I love red wine and always have it in the house for drinking but if you do not and are worried about the leftover wine you can freeze it. Just portion it out and it will freeze for the next red wine recipe you make.
What Kind of Instant Pot Should You Get?
So I started out with the Instant Pot 6 Quart. It’s large enough to cook a 3lb chicken so you can make my Peruvian chicken recipe called pollo a la brasa, or any stew large enough for a family. It’s also great for cooking chickpeas from dried in 30 minutes.
But it didn’t have one thing.
I wanted to make yogurt and I didn’t buy the right version. I’ve been using the Instant Pot so much I decided to get another one (you wouldn’t believe how common this is) and upgraded to a larger size. So I now have this 8QT Instant Pot where there is a yogurt button.
This isn’t even top of the line, there’s also a bluetooth Instant Pot you can control with your phone. But I decided that was a unnecessary luxury – for now.
Instant Pot Braised Brisket
This recipe would be great with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables. If you have leftovers it’s fantastic on crusty bread with a bit of chimichurri.
If you made this Instant Pot braised brisket recipe and liked it, or have feedback on how to make it better, please leave a comment below!