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Air Fryer Corned Beef

Corned beef is a delicious Irish dish that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. But there’s no reason to slave away over your oven to prepare a traditional meal for your family on the holiday! Thanks to your air fryer, you can roast your own brisket at home in under an hour. This simple air fryer corned beef recipe is a quick and easy way to whip up a classic Irish dinner at home.
Close-up of air fryer corned beef

Corned beef is a delicious Irish dish that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. But there’s no reason to slave away over your oven to prepare a traditional meal for your family on the holiday! Thanks to your air fryer, you can roast your own brisket at home in under an hour. This simple air fryer corned beef recipe is a quick and easy way to whip up a classic Irish dinner at home.

 

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What Do I Need to Make Air Fryer Corned Beef?

This recipe for corned beef brisket is so packed with flavor, you won’t believe that’s made with just six ingredients. To make this simple roast at home in your air fryer, you’ll need:

Ingredients for Corned Beef in the Air Fryer.

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How Do I Make Air Fryer Corned Beef?

When you use your air fryer to prepare this simple main course, you can cut your cooking time in half! And that means you can whip up this corned beef brisket for dinner tonight in just four easy steps.

Step 1: Prepare the Air Fryer

Line the air fryer basket with foil to prevent the juices from the brisket from draining into the appliance. After that, preheat air fryer to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Season the Brisket

Start by removing the brisket from the packaging and set the seasoning packet aside. Rinse the corned beef under cold water, then pat it dry with a paper towel. Next, place the beef into the foil-lined basket. Use a medium size bowl to combine the apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and garlic powder. Stir to mix all the ingredients until they’re well combined, then pour the mixture over top of the brisket, making sure to fully cover all sides of the beef. After that, open the pickling seasoning packet and sprinkle the mixture over the top of the brisket.

Seasoned corned beef in foil lined air fryer basket.

Step 3: Air Fry the Beef Brisket

Place the basket with the seasoned brisket into the air fryer and set the timer to cook for 40 minutes. When the timer goes off check the brisket to make sure it’s cooking evenly. Rotate the meat, if needed, then baste it by using a spoon to collect the juices at the bottom of the foil and drizzling them on top of the meat. Add a teaspoon or two of water to the basket if the meat looks like it’s starting to dry out.

Step 4: Continue Cooking the Corned Beef

Return the basket to the air fryer and reset the timer for an additional 15-20 minutes. When the cook time is up, check the internal temperature of the meat using a meat thermometer. When the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, you can remove the meat from the air fryer. Allow the brisket to rest for ten to fifteen minutes. Then, slice brisket against the grain for tender results!

Cooked corned beef in foil lined air fryer basket.

Air Fryer Corned Beef Tips and Tricks

This recipe for corned beef couldn’t be easier to make! And with these simple tips, you’ll be able to whip up a traditional Irish dish with just a few minutes of prep work.

  • Make your own pickling seasoning. When you purchase a corned beef brisket at the grocery store, it will probably come with its own pickling seasoning packet. If for some reason yours doesn’t come with a packet, you can make your own by combining caraway seeds, black peppercorn, whole mustard seeds, coriander seeds, and dried thyme.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container. The meat will stay good for 2-3 days when properly stored. You can reheat leftovers in the microwave, oven, or right back in the air fryer. Set the air fryer to 375 and heat for about five minutes, checking to see if it’s reached your desired temperature after the cooking time is up. 
  • Use leftovers for corned beef hash. Leftover corned beef makes a delicious breakfast hash. Simply chop the leftover brisket into small pieces and mix it with diced potatoes in a skillet for a quick and easy Irish breakfast.

Air Fryer Corned Beef with slice missing.

What Do You Serve with Corned Beef? 

Corned beef is traditionally served with cabbage or even sauerkraut. It’s also delicious with fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, potato salad, or a variety of vegetables! 

Do You Rinse Corned Beef Before Cooking?

Before you cook your corned beef in the air fryer, you might be wondering if it’s a good idea to rinse the meat first. Since corned beef gets its distinct flavor from pickling, taking the time to rinse the meat will ensure the excess salt used in the pickling process is removed before you start cooking. On top of helping you avoid an overly salty brisket, this step will also help keep your meat from getting too dry while it cooks in your air fryer. To rinse your corned beef, simply remove it from the package and run the roast under cold water for around one minute. After that, pat the meat dry with a paper towel and place it in your air fryer basket.

Sliced corned beef on a white plate.

Can You Roast in the Air Fryer?

Roasting meat and veggies in the air fryer is a quick and easy way to add tons of flavor to your meal. And the best part is that using your air fryer to cook your roast can help you speed up the cook time of your meal.

But there are a few tricks you can use to ensure your air fryer roast tastes amazing. Try these tips the next time you make a roast in your air fryer:

  • Line the basket to collect the juices. One important aspect of roasting meat is allowing the meat to cook in its juices. But since air fryer baskets typically have holes in them to allow the air to flow freely through the basket, it can be difficult to keep roasted meat juicy as it cooks in the air fryer. To allow the meat’s juices to collect in the basket, try lining the bottom of the basket with foil before you place the meat in.
  • Don’t forget to baste. Another easy way to help keep your meat juicy as it cooks in the air fryer is to baste it. Halfway through the cook time, remove the basket from the air fryer and spoon the juices collected in the bottom of the basket over the top of the roast. Then, return the basket to the air fryer and continue cooking until the meat is fully cooked.

Closeup of two slices of corned beef.

Close-up of air fryer corned beef

Air Fryer Corned Beef

Corned beef is a delicious Irish dish that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. But there’s no reason to slave away over your oven to prepare a traditional meal for your family on the holiday! Thanks to your air fryer, you can roast your own brisket at home in under an hour. This simple air fryer corned beef recipe is a quick and easy way to whip up a classic Irish dinner at home.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer, Irish
Keyword: Air Fryer Corned Beef
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 481kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line the air fryer basket with a large piece of foil.
  • Remove the brisket from the packaging and set the pickling seasoning packet aside. Rinse the corned beef under cold water. Then, pat it dry with paper towels. Place the brisket into the foil lined basket
  • In a medium sized bowl combine the apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, brown sugar and garlic powder. Pour the mixture over top of the brisket, making sure to fully cover it.
  • Next, open the seasoning packet and sprinkle that over the top of the brisket evenly.
  • Place brisket into the air fryer and set the timer for 40 minutes.
  • When timer goes off check brisket, and baste it by using a spoon to collect the juices at the bottom of the foil spooning them on top of the meat. You can use a teaspoon or two of  water as well if needed.
  • Set timer for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  • Check temperature of the meat using a meat thermometer. The internal temp should be at 145 degrees.
  • Allow to rest for ten to fifteen minutes. Then slice brisket against the grain for tender results!

Nutrition

Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 2857mg | Potassium: 713mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 4mg
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Patti

Thursday 17th of March 2022

When you placed the corned beef in air fryer, did you put it in fat side down? Or did you remove the fat?

Thank you, going to try this today!

angela @marathonsandmotivation

Thursday 17th of March 2022

Hi Patti!

I actually put it in with the fat side up, as the fat melts and flavors the corned beef as it cooks. However, if there is a lot of fat, you could trim some off. I hope you enjoy the recipe! Happy St. Patrick's Day!! :-)