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Instant Pot Irish Lamb Stew

by Kristen


This year, I have been making tons of recipes in my Instant Pot. You can view my <strong>Instant Pot Recipe Index Here.

I picked up some ground lamb at Aldi this weekend, and I didn’t really know what I was going to make with it.¬† ¬†I love the taste of lamb, and ground lamb actually works the best for me, because for some reason I find that cooking a lamb roast to be quite a task.

I decided to try to make Irish lamb stew in my Instant Pot.  Because of Instant Pot, well duh.  And, I was remembering the time that I ate lamb stew when I was studying abroad in Cork, Ireland in 2004.

And after finding this photo, realizing how long I have had my Shutterfly account. Haha.

This stew is easy, and the taste of the broth was really enjoyable.  Instead of adding chicken broth or beef broth to this stew, I just added water.  The lamb flavor really came through, plus it was light.

Here is a little video I made for you!

This really is a great ” dump and go” recipe.¬† I love how easy this dish is.¬† Plus it is a great way to switch up your dinner rotation.¬† ¬†I sometimes hesitate¬†before feeding my kids soup.¬† My older boys have a history of not really loving eating soup, but they really loved this.¬† I was pleasantly surprised.

Instant Pot Irish Lamb Stew 


1 small onion, chopped

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 pound of ground lamb

4 carrots, chopped

8 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped

1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

1-2 bay leaf

3 cups of water


  1. Set your Instant Pot to sautee.
  2. Add olive oil and onions, and cook onions until they are transparent.
  3. Add ground lamb and brown.¬† You don’t need to cook the lamb all the way through, just brown it.
  4. Add Worcestershire sauce, thyme, carrots, potatoes, water, and bay leaf to the Instant Pot.
  5. Place the lid on your Instant Pot and close the vent.
  6. Set to high pressure and cook for 20-25 minutes.
  7. let the pressure naturally release ( you don’t want your stew to spew everywhere!)
  8. Remove the bay leaf
  9. Serve!

I garnished mine with a little parsley.  A little Irish cheddar cheese would also be wonderful!


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mike B December 13, 2021 - 1:39 am

This is a great soup that I’ve made many times! Thank you. It is the closest recipe that I have found that reminds me of the deeply satisfying soup my grandparents made (they had sheep on the mountain).

Kristen December 13, 2021 - 8:07 pm

I really appreciate you letting me know!


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