Talk about a soup to cozy up with on a cold day!!!! This Instant Pot Lamb Stew pushes all the right buttons: hearty, cozy, deep in flavor, and the perfect leftovers.
It’s no surprise that I absolutely love the flavor of lamb meat. It has a distinctive taste that regular beef just doesn’t have and makes any dish immediately taste more elevated and unique, in my opinion. This Instant Pot Lamb Stew has such a beautiful combination of flavor to make it rich and comforting: red wine, a little tomato, lots of herbs, some veggies and of course the star of the show: the lamb.
If you are a stew person, this is one to put on the top of your list to try. It’s just so dang fabulous!
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Instant Pot Lamb Stew
- 1 lb lamb stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes (shoulder or leg meat works great) (you can also sub beef here)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tbsp arrowroot flour (you can sub tapioca or regular flour here, too)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup carrots, sliced diagonally about 1/2 inch thick (or 2 large carrots)
- 1/2 cup celery, diced large (or 1 stalk)
- 3/4 cup yellow onion, diced (or 1/2 medium onion)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp chili flakes (optional)
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves (4-5 sprigs)
- 2 cups russet potato, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup beef broth + 1/4 cup
- 1/2 tsp freshly chopped rosemary leaves (about 1 sprig)
- Pat dry the cubed lamb meat and place in a large bowl with the salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon arrowroot flour. Toss until evenly coated.
- Turn the Instant Pot on the sauté function with olive oil. When hot, in batches, sear the lamb meat until golden brown on all sides. About 2-3 minutes per side. Set browned meat aside and continue cooking until all meat is finished cooking.
- Add garlic, celery, carrot, onion and chili flakes (optional) to the Instant Pot (still on sauté function). Stir and sauté the veggies until softened, scraping any of the brown edges from the pot. About 3 minutes.
- Once vegetables are softened, add tomato past. Stir until veggies are coated. Add red wine and stir, scraping brown bits from bottom.
- Add the potato, lamb (plus any of its juices), thyme, rosemary, bay leaf and beef broth into the pot.
- Securely fasten the lid on top of the Instant Pot. Hit the cancel button then hit the meat/stew function. Lower the time to 40 minutes.
- When the cook time has complete, hit the 'cancel' button and release the pressure in the Instant pot manually by carefully turning the valve to "venting". Let vent until all the steam has released and carefully remove the lid.
- Turn the instant pot back onto the 'sauté' function. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of the arrowroot with the remaining 1/4 cup of beef broth. Whisk until the arrowroot has dissolved in the liquid, making a "slurry" that will help thicken the soup.
- With the sauté function on and while stirring, slowly pour the slurry into the soup, stirring, until the soup has thickened, about 2 minutes.
Ania LFebruary 21, 2023 at 8:36 pm
Absolutely delicious! Cut the lamb into smaller pieces though as I like it super tender, but this was a simple and extremely tasty meal to whack in the instant pot.
AlexFebruary 22, 2023 at 12:44 am
So glad you loved it!
DanielleSeptember 30, 2022 at 4:00 pm
I love this recipe!! I want to make a double batch and my Dutch oven pot is a better size, I’m assuming this could be done one the stovetop? How hot and long would you cook it for? Thank you!!
AlexOctober 15, 2022 at 2:13 pm
Im sure it would be great stovetop! I would get it so that it’s lightly simmering (so medium-low/low heat) covered until very tender, I would think 1 1/2 hours or so!
JudithNovember 20, 2021 at 2:29 am
Made it proportionately larger in my 8 qt instant pot tonight for dinner and it was so delicious! I used a dry cabernet merlot and substituted fennel rather than celery as my daughter is unable to eat celery. A perfect harmony of flavours, this will be requested again for sure!
BellaMarch 22, 2022 at 8:53 pm
For the larger serving, did you have to increase the cooking time and the liquid amount?
Hannah HusbyNovember 4, 2021 at 4:15 pm
Making this tonight, sounds delish! Looks the crockpot instructions left off the rosemary. I just added it in with everything else! Is that correct?
Mona BanzerNovember 22, 2021 at 1:02 am
not enough fluids, needs a lot more broth…
PaigeOctober 28, 2021 at 11:00 pm
Made tonight with beef and it was so delicious!!!! Warning to let it cool significantly after cooking it in the IP! Can’t wait to make it again.
Brenda WagnerOctober 25, 2021 at 3:33 am
Awesome. Added parsnips, no need to chop the rosemary and thyme – just threw in the whole sprig. Used small potatoes and did not peel. Very good stew. I doubled it and it fit in a 6 qt instant pot.
Kris MonsonOctober 10, 2021 at 10:15 pm
Yum! We loved the flavor of this stew. I left out the potatoes, doubled the carrots and then served it with mashed potatoes with parsley. We had tried lamb stew this way in Sun Valley, Idaho and this was almost as good!
Randy BowserJuly 22, 2021 at 2:40 pm
This recipe is labeled for Instant Pot – But then it says to cook 6 hours – !! – in a slow cooker. — ?
AlexJuly 22, 2021 at 5:37 pm
There are instructions for the Instant Pot and Crockpot depending on what you have in your kitchen.
EdianaApril 12, 2021 at 1:57 am
Made this today. So good!
IsabelApril 12, 2021 at 12:33 am
I made this the other day and it was delicious! I’m excited to make it again. If I doubled the recipe would the cook time in the instant pot be the same?
KristinaMarch 18, 2021 at 4:48 pm
So excited to make this tonight! Can leftovers be frozen? And ok to cook in crockpot for more than 6hrs?
AlexMarch 18, 2021 at 8:20 pm
you can definitely freeze the leftovers! and if it’s on low, more than 6 hours should be ok.
LaurenMarch 11, 2021 at 4:14 am
I didn’t know how much I loved lamb until I made this on a whim. This stew is BEYOND good. Huge crowd pleaser!
JewelJanuary 10, 2021 at 12:24 am
Awesome recipe (Made it in instant pot ). My husband said he’d never enjoyed anything more!
Jennifer GerichJanuary 3, 2021 at 11:41 pm
Hi! I am a total lamb lover as well. Question for you: I am doing the Whole 30 – what would you suggest in place of the red wine? Or should I just wait until I’m done and make it with the wine?
AlexJanuary 4, 2021 at 1:36 pm
You can just use beef broth– but I’d also add a splash of balsamic vinegar (1 tbsp) or apple cider vinegar for some acidity!
JessecaNovember 12, 2020 at 5:12 pm
Just made this last night and it was delicious! Next week I’d like to try it with beef. What type of beef would you recommend to substitute for lamb?
AlexNovember 13, 2020 at 1:38 pm
‘Chuck’ roast meat would work best 🙂
Stephanie AnnOctober 19, 2020 at 11:11 pm
Can you add a little more broth to make it more soupy? Or does the meat release a lot of liquid to make more broth? I find that some stews don’t have very much broth and I like a good broth 🙂 Thank you!!
thedefineddishOctober 19, 2020 at 11:11 pm
The meat does release more liquid. What I would do is just leave it as is and don’t add the “slurry” at the end if you prefer a brothier stew! 🙂
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Sandy McMorris WheelerOctober 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm
What is you favorite wine to cook with? I’m not a wine drinker (I’m a beer girl..lol) so I struggle with this. I usually just add extra broth. But I know the wine will give it extra boost of flavor
EmilyNovember 16, 2020 at 1:56 am
Dry wines are the way to go! So like a Cabernet Sauvignon would work great with recipes that ask for red wine! 🙂