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.
Neither do I.
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.
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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
- 3 lbs beef brisket, flat cut
- 4 tbsp canola oil
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1 carrot chopped
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- Remove meat from fridge 30 minutes before making recipe to bring meat to room temperature. Pat brisket dry with paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
- Turn your Instant pot to saute (normal), and add 2 tablespoons canola oil. Once oil begins to shimmer brown brisket on both sides, about 4 minutes each. Remove and set aside.
- Add 2 tablespoons canola oil, when oil begins to shimmer add onion, celery carrot and tomato paste. Saute 4 minutes, add garlic and saute another 30 seconds or until you begin to smell the garlic.
- Deglaze by adding the red wine and beef broth, use a spatula to dig up all the crispy bits on the bottom of the pot.
- Place brisket on top of vegetables and add bay leaf and thyme. Turn on manual setting for 55 minutes on high pressure with a natural release for 15 minutes.
- Remove meat and cut against the grain.
- Turn Instant Pot back to saute and reduce liquid by half. Strain and pour over brisket to serve.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 593Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 180mgSodium: 204mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 50g
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although BaconisMagic.ca attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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