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Air Fryer Corned Beef

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Do you want to cook up a flavorful and tender corned beef, but don’t want to go through all the fuss? Forget the traditional boiling and oven methods – the air fryer is here to revolutionize the way you cook corned beef. Brown sugar and mustard-basted air fryer corned beef is a delicious, nontraditional way to cook the classic dish that will quickly become your favorite. You will have a tender and succulent corned beef with a perfectly crisp crust that will be ready to enjoy. So, get ready to enjoy a delicious dinner experience – no boiling required!

If you are looking to change it up from the classic corned beef and cabbage, this is a fantastic recipe. Tender, juicy, and loads of flavor. 

air fryer corned beef

Air Fryer Corned Beef

While most traditional recipes are paired with veggies and of course cabbage. This recipe right here is incredible. 

The glaze has tons of flavor that adds so much flavor to the meat. Slice and serve with all your favorite sides. I paired it with my favorite Colcannon potatoes. 

air fryer corned beef sliced half way

What Is Corned Beef 

Corned beef is generally a brisket cut, that is cured and then comes with a packet of pickling spices. You tend to cook corned beef for a long period of time to get that tender meat. 

Corned beef can be a labor of love while cooking, but this recipe is simple, savory, and flavorful.

air fryer corned beef

Does This Recipe Create A Crust 

You start by cooking the corned beef covered, and then eventually take off the foil, brush more glaze, and cook longer. 

As the glaze cooks, while uncovered, you will find it begins to create a sticky glaze style, instead of a crust. But you could call it a crust if you would like. 

air fryer corned beef sliced half way

How to Make Corned Beef in your Air Fryer

  • Mix brown sugar, Dijon mustard, & apple cider vinegar together.

mix ingredients to baste

  • Baste corned beef with glaze and tightly wrap it in aluminum foil.

wrap in foil

  • Air Fry at 360 degrees for 1 hour.
  • Unwrap aluminum foil, baste again, and loosely wrap with aluminum foil.

loosely wrap in foil

  • Air Fry at 360 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Remove foil, baste one last time. Air Fry at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

air fryer corned beef

How To Slice Corned Beef

Once your corned beef is done cooking it is great to allow your meat to rest for at least 10 minutes. This will allow the meat to hold the moisture for moist and tasty meat. 

Then you will want to slice against the grain for tender meat. If you slice with the grain it can make your corned beef tough. 

air fryer corned beef sliced half way

Why Is It Called Corned Beef

The term “corned” in “corned beef” has nothing to do with corn as we know it (the yellow vegetable). Instead, it refers to the use of large-grained rock salt, also known as “corns” of salt. The beef is cured or pickled in a brine solution that contains these coarse salt crystals, along with other seasonings such as sugar and various spices. The process of using salt to cure and preserve meat has been employed for centuries as a method of preserving meat before the advent of refrigeration.

So, in short, corned beef is named after the “corns” or grains of salt used in the curing process, not the vegetable corn. The curing process gives the beef a distinct flavor and helps preserve it for longer periods.

air fryer corned beef

How To Store Leftover Air Fryer Corned Beef

You can store your leftover meat in the fridge for up to three days. After that, you will want to use your best judgment in terms of quality. 

If you want to freeze any of your meat, place it in a freezer-friendly container and store it for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge the night before you plan to eat it so it has time to thaw. 

air fryer corned beef sliced half way

What is Corned Beef Hash

Corned beef hash is a dish that typically consists of finely chopped or diced corned beef, potatoes, and onions. The name “corned beef” refers to beef brisket that has been cured or pickled in a seasoned brine, often containing large-grained rock salt, sugar, and various spices. This curing process gives the beef a distinctive flavor and a pinkish color.

To make corned beef hash, the corned beef is usually mixed with diced potatoes and onions and then fried or sautéed until crispy and golden brown. Additional seasonings such as salt, pepper, and herbs may be added to enhance the flavor. It is a popular breakfast dish in some cultures, often served with eggs on top or on the side.

Corned beef hash is a hearty and flavorful dish, and variations of it exist in different cuisines around the world. It’s a great way to use leftover corned beef from dishes like corned beef and cabbage, which is a traditional Irish-American dish especially popular around St. Patrick’s Day.

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air fryer corned beef

air fryer corned beef
air fryer corned beef sliced half way

Air Fryer Corned Beef

Air Fryer Corned Beef is an incredible way to cook up your corned beef. This is a brown sugar and mustard basted corned beef.

Ingredients

  • Corned Beef, 3-4 pounds
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar

Instructions

  1. Mix brown sugar, Dijon mustard, & apple cider vinegar together.
  2. Baste corned beef with glaze and tightly wrap it in aluminum foil.
  3. Air Fry at 360 degrees for 1 hour.
  4. Unwrap aluminum foil, baste again, and loosely wrap with aluminum foil.
  5. Air Fry at 360 degrees for 40 minutes.
  6. Remove foil, baste one last time. Leave foil mostly open. Air Fry at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 688mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 8g

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65 Comments

  1. I can’t believe nobody has commented on this recipe. This air fryer corned beef is amazing! 10/10. Cream of the crop. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Thank you for the recipe. The corned beef was delicious! One of the best air fryer recipes I’ve made.

  3. Monday 29 June 2020 I tried the Air Fry Corn Beef recipe tonight! My wife and I absolutely love it! It is the tastiest, juiciest corn beef ever! Most certainly will be repeating the exercise from time to time

  4. I really want to try this recipe in my Instant Omni Plus air fryer (countertop oven style). Do you think it would work on the rotisserie?

    1. Absolutely, I am pretty sure it will work great. Just make sure you still have it wrapped in foil, a bit extra wrapped to keep all the juices in, while on the rotisserie. 🙂

    1. I would do a bit more than half on the cook time, and check with a thermometer to make sure the internal temp is 145 degrees.

    1. If you are using your Foodi, I would use the air fry feature.. lay it in the bottom of your pot on a trivet.

  5. Just made this and it is delicious. Usually do it in the slow cooker for about 5hrs. Will be doing it this way from now on. Thank you, .

    1. I would try 40 minutes on the first air fry, second, reduce to 20 minutes, check with a thermometer at this point, and see how close you are to 145 internal temp, baste for the last time, and air fry until charred and internal temp has reached 145. I would love to hear your results.

  6. Hi. My brisket has a fat layer on it. Does it matter if it is on the top or bottom when you cook it (or do you try to remove it prior)? Thanks.

    1. @Gordon, It’s always best to cook with the fat layer still on the meat and on top. that way the juices from the fat penetrate the meat fibers while cooking. This adds both flavoring and tenderizing of the meat. For this recipe, I would turn it fat side down for the final unwrapped “crisping” cooking phase, then trim the fat before slicing to serve.

    1. I would try 40 minutes on the first air fry, second, reduce to 20 minutes, check with a thermometer at this point, and see how close you are to 145 internal temp, baste for the last time, and air fry until charred and internal temp has reached 145. I would love to hear your results.

  7. Would like to try this recipe, the recipe calls for Dijon mustard, but the picture with glaze is full of mustard seeds. Was this more a stone ground mustard? Thanks.

    1. I started out on a middle rack but then moved it to a lower rack for the last air fry while the foil is mostly open. Depending on how much char you would like, you can adjust accordingly.

    1. I just did a 3 pound this week using the same cook times, so do not reduce the time too much. I would cut off about 20 minutes total cook time and double-check with a thermometer to see if internal temp is 145

  8. The best I have ever made, looks exactly like the picture, slices nicely and amazing taste. Only way I’m making in the future.

  9. So you don’t use the seasoning packet that comes with the corned beef in this recipe? Also I have a 2.25 lb corned beef, should I adjust the cooking time or temperature? What about adding carrots in with it?

    1. you do not use the seasoning packet. I would reduce the total cook time by about 20 minutes for a 2.5 pound. Check with a thermometer to see if the internal temp is 145 degrees. Carrots are a great idea. You can probably add them in with your corned beef the glaze would be very tasty on the carrots as well. If you have a fair amount of carrots you would like to cook, you can also use or create a pan… coat the carrots with some butter or oil and season how you would like. Place on your other rack while cooking the corned beef. They may finish a bit sooner than your corned beef so just keep an eye on those. they need about 20-25 to cook.

    1. to identify the direction of the grain, look for the parallel lines of muscle fiber running down the meat, and slice perpendicular to them.

  10. This looks delicious…I plan to try it this weekend. Do you think traditional boiling with the seasoning packet first might cut down on cook time and help with tenderness?

    1. You can definitely boil it first and then finish it off with the glaze and air frying for about 10 minutes to let the glaze carmelize a bit. I am sure it would be delicious.

  11. Making this recipe for the 3rd time.. love it.. instead of Dijon I use a spicy German mustard.. thank you for sharing this, it’s the only way I will cook corned beef now

  12. Not sure if you will see this today, but I am in the process of making this today and was wondering what to do with the pickling spices? Do they go in with the vinegar, mustard and brown sugar? Thanks so much!! Looking forward to trying this out!!!

    1. Just save those for another recipe. You wont need them for this recipe. 🙂 I am so sorry it took me a while to see this 🙂

  13. I am beyond happy with this recipe!! By far the best Corned Beef ever!! Easy with zero clean up! The house has the best smell you can imagine! Best of all my husband agrees that it is fabulous!! Will never use any other recipe! THANK-YOU!!

  14. Someone on a air fryer group I’m in on Facebook asked about making corned beef in an air fryer. While most responses were “it’s best in a crock pot” or “Instant Pot”, it got me thinking that I’m tired of making it the same way every year. So I searched and found this recipe. Delicious! Was it the most tender corned beef I’ve ever had? No, but it was far from the least tender, too. And the flavor of the basting sauce is amazing. I also had to research a way to cook my cabbage, carrots, and potatoes without cooking them with the meat and found a great recipe for that, too.

  15. Hi everyone,
    I followed this recipe to the letter.
    Unfortunately it was awful – very very tough, incredibly salty despite adding no salt and was actually inedible.
    I usually cook corned beef in a slow cooker and have never had an issue and is delicious.
    I use my air fryer now for virtually everything with great success. What could have gone wrong here?

    PLEASE HELP!

    Kindest regards
    Dennis

    1. My best guess is maybe the foil wasn’t doing it’s job trapping some of the moisture. It is a very different end product than one cooked in a slow cooker, but quite delicious as well. I’m
      Sorry it turned out so bad.

    2. It is defintely a different result then when it’s slow cooked but I suspect it may have just been the piece of meat possibly. It happens. I tend to stay away from roast beef because I can’t ever seem to get a nice tender piece.

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