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Instant Pot Lamb Stew

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. 

Instant Pot Lamb Stew

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! 

Instant Pot Lamb Stew

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Instant Pot Lamb Stew
4.91 from 10 votes

Instant Pot Lamb Stew

Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 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)

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

Crockpot Method:
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. In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat olive oil. When hot, in batches, sear the lamb meat until golden brown on all sides. About 2-3 minutes per side. Place browned meat in a crockpot. 
Add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, chili flakes, tomato paste, red wine, thyme, potato, bay leaf, and 1 cup of the beef broth to the crockpot. Stir until well combined. Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours. 
When cook time is complete, turn the crockpot on high. 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. Slowly pour the slurry into the soup, stirring, until the soup has thickened, about about 5 minutes.
 
 
 

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 4 people


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32 Comments

  1. This recipe is labeled for Instant Pot – But then it says to cook 6 hours – !! – in a slow cooker. — ?

  2. 5 stars
    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?

  3. So excited to make this tonight! Can leftovers be frozen? And ok to cook in crockpot for more than 6hrs?

  4. 5 stars
    I didn’t know how much I loved lamb until I made this on a whim. This stew is BEYOND good. Huge crowd pleaser!

  5. 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?

    1. 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!

  6. 5 stars
    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?

  7. 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!!

    1. 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! 🙂

  8. 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