Instant Pot Brisket with Potatoes

PrimalThis recipe for Instant Pot brisket is comfort food at its best. No fancy ingredients or complicated instructions—just simple, perfectly cooked meat and potatoes. Potatoes are optional, though always delicious with brisket. In this recipe, the potatoes are pressure cooked then cooled in the refrigerator while the brisket cooks. Cooking potatoes in the Instant Pot takes less than 20 minutes and the texture is really nice. They don’t turn mushy or watery, like boiled potatoes sometimes do.

Cooling the potatoes increases the resistant starch, a special type of prebiotic that can be beneficial. Once the potatoes are cooled, you have several options: gently reheat the potatoes and top with butter and fresh herbs, sauté the potatoes in the fat of your choice until crispy, or make potato salad.

If potatoes aren’t your thing, that’s fine. Brisket is tasty with any type of roasted root vegetables, or greens sautéed in oil and garlic, or mashed cauliflower.

Consider making this entire recipe the day before it’s eaten. Brisket improves in flavor and texture when it rests for a day. If the brisket isn’t as tender as you’d like, then 24 hours in the fridge and a slow reheat in the oven is often the answer.

Servings: 6

Time in the Kitchen: 1 hour hands-on, plus 2 hours of Instant Pot cooking



  • 24 ounces Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (peeled or unpeeled) (680 g)
  • 3 to 4 pounds brisket, cut into 3 pieces (1.8 to 2.3 kg)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt (12 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (5 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (30 ml)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced or chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch rounds
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 ½ cup beef bone broth (350 ml)
  • 4 sprigs thyme



Recipe Note: Brisket with a nice layer of fat on top and some marbling throughout will be more juicy and flavorful and less prone to drying out. Unfortunately, most brisket is sold with the fat completely trimmed off. You might have to special order a “second cut” brisket with more fat. Chuck roast can also be substituted for brisket in this recipe.

Rub brisket with salt and smoked paprika, ideally 1 hour ahead of time. Set brisket out on the counter to come up to room temperature.

After the brisket is salted, cook the potatoes. Pour ¾ cup water into the pot of the electric pressure cooker (such as an Instant Pot). Add potatoes into the pot on a cooking insert or steamer insert.

Press manual and program the pressure cooker for 5 minutes at high pressure (valve in sealed position). Let the pressure release manually for 12 minutes, and then release the valve.

Transfer the potatoes to the refrigerator to cool. Pour the water out of the pressure cooker; rinse and dry the pot.

Set electric pressure cooker to sauté. Add avocado oil. When hot, add pieces of the brisket in batches and sear until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Add more oil or turn down heat as needed if the bottom of the pot begins to burn. Transfer brisket to a plate.

Add onion and celery. Sauté 3 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed. Add garlic. Sauté 1 minute more. Add carrots, bone broth, and thyme. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add brisket back to the pot.

Cover and cook on high pressure for 80 minutes (valve in sealed position). Let the pressure release naturally for about 20 minutes, then release.

Transfer the meat to a cutting board or plate. Let rest at least 15 minutes before slicing against the grain. The brisket can also be cooled completely and refrigerated overnight, then sliced and reheated in the oven, covered with foil, at 300 ºF/149 ºC until heated through.

The flavorful liquid left in the pot is delicious spooned over the brisket. For a less fatty sauce, refrigerate the liquid then scrape off the fat on top before reheating and serving.


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  1. I’m dubious about the cooking time of the brisket. In my experience, and I’ve prepped brisket in the InstantPot every couple weeks for more than a year, it doesn’t need more than 45 minutes.

    1. I’ve noticed this with other MDA Instant Pot recipes. The beauty of a pressure cooker is that almost anything can be cooked to fall-apart tenderness in well under an hour, including brisket and chuck roast. I’m not sure why the recipe contributors feel the extra time is necessary, but there must be a reason. I’d be interested in their rationale.

      1. Tip: As versatile as it is, I’ve always found the Instant Pot inefficient for browning meat. Unless you’re dead-set on dirtying only one piece of cookware, it’s much faster to brown all the meat and veggies at the same time in a large skillet. Then everything can be transferred to the Instant Pot as soon as the potatoes are done, along with the broth and any deglazed pan drippings.

        1. Just because you can saute in an instant pot…. I was thinking this same thing, Shary. Thanks for the validation

      2. 20 min per pound is pretty standard for pressure cooking. This recipe calls for 3-4 lbs of brisket, so 80 min is about right if you are preparing the full 4 lbs.

  2. I must have missed it, but what do you do with the potatoes once they’ve been placed in the fridge? Or do you just eat cold potatoes 80 minutes later?

  3. As someone who hates veggies (since I was in a high chair!), is there any reason to NOT use pureed carrots and onion and celery; I keep pureed peppers and onion in the freezer as “seasonings”‘ and to add to my sous vide meat packages — but would they work in this sort of recipe? (I suppose I could puree them all after? But I’d rather do it when they’re not hot…)

    Then, what does anyone think of parsnips in place of potatoes? I like both.

    Yeah, it’s extremely hard to be primal or keto or even just low-carb when you don’t eat veg. Yes, I try veg at fancy restaurants, on cruise ships, and in down-home cookeries — and they about gag me no matter how prepared. We joke that my 40-year vegetarian sister got all the veg genes, and I got all the meat genes!