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Simple & Delicious, Middle Eastern Lamb Stew with chickpeas and fragrant spices- a fast flavorful wholesome meal, that can be made in an Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Middle Eastern Lamb Stew with chickpeas and fragrant spices- a simple flavorful wholesome meal. Serve over quinoa, basmati rice or cauliflower "rice". | www.feastingathome.com

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Here’s a recipe for Instant Pot Middle Eastern Lamb Stew with chickpeas and fragrant spices that will warm you to your bones. It takes 15 minutes of hands-on time before finishing off in an Instant Pot using the pressure cooker setting.

This can also be made on stovetop, then finished in the oven, but know it will take twice as long. Whichever way you choose to go, the flavors will satisfy. Serve the stew over basmati rice, everyday quinoa, or if going grain-free, try cauliflower rice.

 Middle Eastern Lamb Stew Video

Here I’ve used stew meat- cut from lamb shoulder. I’ve opted for local, sustainably-raised American lamb, which seems meatier and sweeter in flavor than imported lamb.  It’s also fresher, having traveled far fewer miles to get here.

Instant Pot Middle Eastern Lamb Stew with chickpeas and fragrant spices- a simple flavorful wholesome meal. Serve over quinoa, basmati rice or cauliflower "rice". | www.feastingathome.com

Here I’ve used stew meat- cut from lamb shoulder.  Lamb leg would also work. I’ve opted for local, sustainably-raised American lamb, which seems meatier and sweeter in flavor than imported lamb.  It’s also fresher, having traveled far fewer miles to get here.

This week I’ve partnered with The American Lamb Board who is offering great prizes this month in celebration of Friendsgiving!  If you are a fan of lamb, you won’t want to miss out on this, so make sure to enter!

If Middle Eastern Spices are not your thing, this simple Irish Lamb Stew would work great in  the Instant Pot too!

Instant Pot Middle Eastern Lamb Stew with chickpeas and fragrant spices- a simple flavorful wholesome meal. Serve over quinoa, basmati rice or cauliflower "rice". | #americanlamb

If using an Instant Pot, brown the onion and lamb using the sauté setting. Once the rest of the ingredients are in, set the pressure cooker on high for 50 minutes. The lamb will turn out perfectly tender and infused with the most delicious Middle Eastern Spices.

Instant Pot Middle Eastern Lamb Stew with chickpeas and fragrant spices- a simple flavorful wholesome meal. Serve over quinoa, basmati rice or cauliflower "rice". | www.feastingathome.com

How to make Lamb Stew on the Stovetop

If cooking this Middle Eastern Lamb Stew on the stovetop, sear in a dutch oven, add the rest of the ingredients, then place in a 325F oven for  1¾-  2 hours, until the meat is tender.

 

Instant Pot Middle Eastern Lamb Stew with chickpeas and fragrant spices- a simple flavorful wholesome meal. Serve over quinoa, basmati rice or cauliflower "rice". | www.feastingathome.com

What to serve with Lamb Stew?

Instant Pot Middle Eastern Lamb Stew with chickpeas and fragrant spices- a simple flavorful wholesome meal. Serve over quinoa, basmati rice or cauliflower "rice". | www.feastingathome.com

Can Lamb Stew be made ahead?

Yes, absolutely,  it will get even more flavorful as the flavors meld. Lamb stew will keep up to 4 days in the fridge, or freeze up to 6 months.

Instant Pot Middle Eastern Lamb Stew with chickpeas and fragrant spices- a simple flavorful wholesome meal. Serve over quinoa, basmati rice or cauliflower "rice". | www.feastingathome.com Instant Pot Middle Eastern Lamb Stew with chickpeas and fragrant spices- a simple flavorful wholesome meal. Serve over quinoa, basmati rice or cauliflower "rice". | www.feastingathome.com

Instant Pot Lamb Stew infused with Middle Eastern Spices….a fast and easy weeknight dinner that requires only 15 minutes of hands-on time before letting the Instant Pot work its magic.

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A quick, flavorful  and tender Middle Eastern Lamb Stew that can be made in an Instant Pot using the pressure cooker setting (or bake in the oven). Serve over basmati rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice! 

Instant Pot Middle Eastern Lamb stew

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Description

Instant Pot Middle Eastern Lamb Stew with chickpeas and fragrant spices- a simple flavorful wholesome meal. Serve over quinoa, basmati rice or cauliflower “rice”. | www.feastingathome.com


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, butter or ghee
  • 1 ½1 ¾ pounds lamb stew meat ( shoulder, leg or shank) cut onto 1 ½  inch cubes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 46 garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of each: salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, and cumin seeds ( seeds are optional, add another teaspoon ground cumin if no seeds)
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes ( Aleppo Chili flakes are nice) and more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar
  • 1  1/4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 x 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup raisins or  dried apricots (chopped), or even dried currants

Serve with cooked quinoa, couscous or basmati rice & garnish with fresh Italian parsley or cilantro leaves and extra chili flakes.


Instructions

Turn the Instant Pot on and set it to the Sauté function. Heat the butter or oil and saute the onions for 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Add the lamb, garlic, salt and all the spices and saute for 5 more minutes until fragrant. Add the vinegar, tomato paste, honey, stock, chickpeas and raisins and stir until combined.

Cover and set the Instant Pot (or pressure cooker)  to  pressure cook setting for 50 minutes on normal/high. Naturally release.

Let the pressure release and give a stir. The lamb will be tender and break apart easily. If you prefer it less juicy, return to saute function and cook off some of the liquid. ( Note that it will thicken a bit as it sits)

Serve over quinoa, rice or cous cous with some fresh cilantro or parsley.

The leftovers taste even better the next day as the flavors have more time to meld.


Notes

Alternatively you can cook this on the stove top in a oven proof dutch oven. Pre heat the oven to 325. Brown the onions in the ghee or butter then add the garlic, lamb, salt and spices, cooking for 5 -6 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients – all except the raisins,  and bring to a simmer. Cover and place in the oven and bake 2 hours, adding the raisins about an hour or 1 ½ hours into the baking time.

After two hours the lamb will be very tender. If you like a little more browning, give a quick broil to the pot uncovered.

LAMB: This recipe is designed for “tougher” cuts of lamb- shoulder, leg, etc., that need longer cooking times to tenderize.  Please don’t waste already tender lamb chops or lamb loin on this recipe. You can also use beef stew meat or even goat.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 580
  • Sugar: 33.3 g
  • Sodium: 299.7 mg
  • Fat: 20.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.7 g
  • Fiber: 7.7 g
  • Protein: 47.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 113.1 mg

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  1. I’m so glad I found this recipe. It’s an easy go-to recipe for a busy family. I have 4 kids 6yr and younger and am always looking for simple recipes that don’t require buying a bunch of ingredients and tons of prep. And it has great flavor. Probably my favorite meal from the blog.

  2. Is there a substitute for vinegar. I cook your recipes all the time for my husband. I can’t have yeastvso no soy,tamari,wine or vinegar. Soy is easily replaced with aminos but how about replacing the vinegar. And for other recipes is there a substitute for rice vinegar.?

    1. Hi Abby. 🙂 How about a little squeeze of lemon at the end? I would also cut back the honey and apricots by half. The vinegar helps mitgate the sweetness here.

  3. Soooo easy and good!!
    I used chops as that was what I had. The meat fell off of the bones – so tender. Another keeper.

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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