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November 21, 2020

Instant Pot Moroccan American Lamb Stew


Recipe Provided By
"Zestful Kitchen"
Prep Time


Cook Time

1HR, 15min

Total Time

1hr, 30min



bowl or moroccan stew with garnishes


  • 2 pounds boneless leg of American lamb, or shoulder, (trimmed and cut into 1– 1 1/2 inches thick)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1 1/4 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon ras el hanout
  • 1/8 teaspoon Allspice
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/4-inch pieces 
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup diced dried apricots or golden raisins
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

To serve:


  • Cooked basmati rice, couscous, or quinoa
  • Cilantro, parsley and or preserved lemons


Pat-dry the lamb with paper towels; season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Using highest sauté function, heat oil in Instant Pot for 5 minutes (or until just smoking). Add lamb and cook until well browned on all sides, about 5 minutes; transfer to a bowl and reserve drippings in pot.

Add onion and carrot to drippings, season with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cook on highest sauté function until softened, about 5 minutes.

Stir in garlic, flour, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, allspice, and ras el hanout; cook until fragrant, 30–60 second. Whisk in a few splashes of broth, scraping up any browned bits and smoothing out the mixture after each addition. Gradually add in the remaining broth; add browned lamb back and any accumulated juices to pot, stir to incorporate.

Lock lid in place, close pressure release valve, and select high pressure cook function; cook for 50 minutes. Turn off Instant Pot and quick-release pressure. Carefully remove lid, allowing for steam to escape away from you.

Select sauté functions and add tomatoes, chickpeas, and apricots and simmer for 5 minutes. Off heat, stir in vinegar and season with salt (I use 1 teaspoon) and pepper to taste.

Serve stew over rice and finish with parsley, cilantro, and/or chopped preserved lemons. 

How to make this stew in a Dutch oven

Don’t have an Instant Pot? You can instead make this in a large Dutch oven. Brown the lamb and cook the vegetables according to recipe instructions.

Add the broth as directed and bring to a boil, add the browned lamb and bring the stew to a simmer. Cover and transfer to a 325 degrees F oven and braise until lamb is tender, about an hour and 45 minutes.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


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