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Air Fryer Corned Beef

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Air Fryer Corned Beef is an incredible way to cook up your corned beef. This is brown sugar and mustard-basted corned beef.  This nontraditional way of making corned beef will quickly become your favorite way to make it.  

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

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.

Does This Recipe Create A Crust 

You start by cooking the corned beef covered, and then eventually take off the foil and 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. 

 

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. 

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

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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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Carin

Friday 19th of March 2021

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?

Melissa

Saturday 20th of March 2021

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.

Penny

Thursday 18th of March 2021

This recipe was so easy. I had trouble identify the grain direction. Can you comment on this . Thanks

Melissa

Friday 19th of March 2021

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

Beverly Ross

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

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?

Melissa

Friday 19th of March 2021

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.

Don

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

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

rebecca

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

I have a 2.5 lb corned beef, what should my cooking time be as this is one you posted is for a 4-5 lb

Melissa

Friday 19th of March 2021

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

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