Pressure Cooker Lamb Shanks | The Foodie Eats

Pressure Cooker Lamb Shanks

Incredibly tender lamb with an amazing sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 275 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats


  • 3 lamb shanks preferably skinless
  • 1/2 cup olive oil divided
  • 1 green chili pepper sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 medium onion roughly chopped
  • 3 medium carrots roughly chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 3 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. In large bowl - combine lamb, pepper, garlic, paprika, oregano, salt, cumin, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and 1/4 cup oil. Mix well to coat meat, then marinate from 30 minutes to overnight.
  2. Using sauté setting, heat Instant Pot. Once hot add 1/4 cup olive oil and thoroughly brown lamb on all sides – making sure to render all the fat. Once browned, remove lamb shanks and set aside.

  3. Add onions, carrots, bay leaves, and remaining marinade to the pot. Sauté until onions become translucent – about 5 minutes.

  4. Add red wine to deglaze the pot - making sure to scrape all the bits stuck to the bottom. Return lamb to pot. Simmer to reduce by half - about 10 minutes.
  5. Add stock. Lock lid and cook for 30 minutes at high pressure.

  6. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure naturally release. Remove shanks and set aside.

  7. Pour liquid through a fine mesh strainer and return to pot. Discard cooked ingredients. Separately in a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water, then add to pot.
  8. Switch Instant Pot back to sauté setting and simmer until sauce reaches desired thickness. Return lamb to pot and let sit in sauce until ready to serve.

  9. Serve lamb with polenta or mashed potatoes topped with gravy!

Recipe Notes

Serve with mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, or polenta.

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Lamb Shanks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 740mg 31%
Potassium 864mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 8g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 127%
Vitamin C 5.5%
Calcium 8.9%
Iron 21.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.