Air Fryer Corned Beef is a delicious, easy-to-make meal that is ready in less than an hour. This corned beef brisket recipe can be served as a main dish or side dish.

sliced air fryer corned beef brisket
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Air Fryer Corned Beef

You don’t have to wait hours for your brisket to cook! With this corned beef air fryer recipe, you’ll get tender meat with crispy edges every time. The best part is that it doesn’t require any pre-cooking, so no need to worry about overcooking your Air Fryer Corned Beef!

And the flavor — it’s simply incredible! The brine adds a delicious, vinegar tang that pairs wonderfully with sandwich bread or rolls and plenty of mustard or horseradish.

If you love this corned beef brisket recipe, try making different cuts of beef in your air fryer! Some of my favorites include Air Fryer Cube Steak, Air Fryer Roast Beef Sirloin Roast, Air Fryer Prime Rib, and Air Fryer Skirt Steak.

What Is Corned Beef Brisket?

Corned beef brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of a cow, which is cured in salt and spices. The ‘corned’ part of its name comes from the treatment, which consists of packing it with large salt crystals called ‘corns’.

Corned beef brisket is usually sold pre-packaged with the brine and seasoning packet included.

Once the beef is cooked, it has the perfect texture for slicing and is delicious on sandwiches. Corned beef in the air fryer is particularly tender and ready in no time!

Why You’ll Love Corned Beef In Air Fryer

  • Ready in no time
  • So delicious
  • Perfectly tender
  • Dinner + leftovers
  • Just 1 ingredient
sliced corned beef brisket on cutting board

How To Air Fry Corned Beef

Step 1: Cook The Brisket

Set the air fryer temperature to 250 degrees. Place corned beef in air fryer and cook for 20 minutes.

Check the brisket with a meat thermometer. It’s done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Add 5 to 10 minutes if you need more time.

Step 2: Rest and Serve

Let the air fryer corned beef rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Always slice against the grain for the most tender results.

How to Store Corned Beef Air Fryer Leftovers

After you air fry corned beef, place leftovers in an airtight container or a freezer bag. They will keep in the refrigerator for about 5 days.

Reheat slices in the microwave or air fryer until warmed through. Or, serve cold on sandwiches!

overhead of corned beef slices on cutting board

Frequently Asked Questions

Can corned beef be frozen?

After making this corned beef brisket recipe, allow the meat to cool completely. Then, move the brisket slices to an airtight container or freezer bags. It can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Do you rinse corned beef before cooking?

Some people choose to rinse off the corned beef before cooking it, but you do not have to. Rinsing the beef removes the excess salt from the meat, which gives it a milder flavor.

If you do choose to rinse, be sure to pat dry with paper towels before you air fry corned beef.

Which cut of corned beef is more tender?

The point cut is considered more tender due to extra fat and marbling, but it’s best for shredding instead of slicing. Flat cut is the top choice for perfect slices of tender corned beef — you can plate them with a variety of sides or layer them on a sandwich!

Either cut will work with this corned beef air fryer recipe. The results are foolproof!

sliced corned beef brisket on a cutting board

Air Fryer Corned Beef Brisket

3.80 from 25 votes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings


Air Fryer Corned Beef is easy to make and ready in under an hour. Perfect for the whole family, it can be served as a main or side dish.
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  • 4 pound corned beef brisket


  • Place on the air fryer tray and set the temperature to 250 degrees F (air fryer setting) for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, check your corned beef with a meat thermometer. You are looking for an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Add another 5-10 minutes, depending on how large your corned beef is, then add the seasoning packet right before serving.
  • Plate, serve and enjoy!


  • Air Fryer


Serving: 1gCalories: 599kcalCarbohydrates: 0.4gProtein: 44gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 3680mgPotassium: 898mgVitamin C: 82mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 5mg

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