Instant Pot Lamb Shank

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Instant Pot Lamb Shank. How to cook delicious lamb shanks in the instant pot. Our instant pot lamb shanks are cooked with red wine and both vegetables and mashed potatoes for the ultimate one pot dinner.

Our instant pot lamb shank is our 2nd recipe this week that shows you how to cook meat and potatoes together in the instant pot. If you missed yesterday, we made instant pot bangers and mash.

instant pot lamb shank recipe
instant pot lamb shank

Instant Pot Lamb Shank

Lamb lovers take note, lamb shanks in the instant pot is a taste sensation that you will not forget. Easy prep and the way the lamb falls off the bone as you cut into it is amazing.

But first, can I say I am late to the lamb party? I rarely ate any lamb at all before my 35th birthday and as I write this in my 39th year that just sounds so wrong to say out loud.

My husband Dominic, a culinary trained chef, rolled his eyes for many years when I said I didn’t like lamb.

Telling me that there are many different ways to eat lamb that you have hardly tried any and you should give them a go.

I fell in love with homemade slow cooker doner kebabs, air fryer lamb burgers, air fryer leg of lamb and instant pot lamb shawarma.

What I don’t like though is the fattier cuts of lamb that Dominic adores. Such as air fryer lamb ribs or air fryer lamb chops.

But with instant pot lamb shank it doesn’t have that feeling of a fatty cut and instead feeling lean and more like pulled lamb.

If you like lamb shawarma, then you will love how amazing instant pot lamb shanks are.

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Gordon Ramsay Lamb Shanks

Like most people my introduction to lamb shanks were Gordon Ramsay’s Lamb Shanks.

The way that they were so tender and how the lamb shank was always served over the super creamy mashed potatoes.

But could you take a recipe that was made famous by Gordon Ramsay and make it easier to make in the instant pot? An instant pot lamb shank recipe that ticks all these boxes:

  • Instant Pot Lamb Shank With Vegetables – You cook the vegetables in the bottom of the instant pot with the lamb shanks resting on them. It gives you a fantastic future lamb stock too.
  • Instant Pot Lamb Shank With Potatoes – As well as the vegetables cooking below with the lamb shank we have the mashed potatoes being steamed above in the steamer basket.
  • Instant Pot Lamb Shank With Red Wine – We also use red wine to deglaze the instant pot. Not only does it do a fantastic job of deglazing, but your lamb shank cooks in red wine.
  • Instant Pot Braised Lamb Shank – The point of cooking lamb shank in the instant pot is so that it is like perfectly braised lamb. Lamb that falls off the bone as you put your fork into it but stays whole to be loaded on the plate.
instant pot lamb shank falling off the bone

How To Cook Lamb Shanks In A Pressure Cooker?

instant pot lamb shank step by step

Cooking lamb shanks in the pressure cooker is EASY.

  1. Sauté onions and brown lamb shanks in the instant pot and remove lamb.
  2. Deglaze the instant pot with red wine.
  3. Add in vegetables and stock and submerge lamb.
  4. Add stock.
  5. Add the tall trivet and add your peeled and quartered potatoes.
  6. Place the lid on the instant pot and cook your lamb shanks.
  7. Manually release pressure and remove the steamer basket and trivet.
  8. Mash your potatoes.
  9. Thicken your gravy.
  10. Plate it up and serve.

How Long Do You Cook Lamb In A Pressure Cooker?

The instant pot lamb shank cook time is an hour. This ensures that your lamb shank is not just cooked but tender and will fall off the bone.

If you want lamb that is just cooked but not falling off the bone reduce the cook time to 45 minutes.

instant pot lamb shank falling off the bone
instant pot lamb shank falling off the bone
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Instant Pot Lamb Shank

Instant Pot Lamb Shank. How to cook delicious lamb shanks in the instant pot. Our instant pot lamb shanks are cooked with red wine and both vegetables and mashed potatoes for the ultimate one pot dinner.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 6 minutes
Total Time1 hour 21 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Servings: 2
Calories: 912kcal


Instant Pot Lamb Shank Ingredients:


  • Peel and thinly slice an onion and load into the instant pot with extra virgin olive oil and sauté.
  • Season your lamb shanks with salt, pepper, and bouquet garni. Load into the instant pot and brown all sides of the lamb shank in the olive oil and onions.
  • Once browned cancel sauté and remove the lamb shanks and put to one side.
  • Deglaze the instant pot with red wine. Do this by pouring your red wine into instant pot cooking pot and then using a silicone spatula or a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits and any oil or onion that is stuck in the bottom of the pot.
  • Peel and dice carrots. Clean and dice celery. Load celery and carrot into the instant pot.
  • Cancel sauté.
  • Stir in tinned tomatoes, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and stock and mix well.
  • Submerge the lamb shanks.
  • Place the tall trivet over your lamb shanks and add your steamer basket.
  • Dice your potatoes and load as many potatoes as will fit without going passed the max line of the instant pot.
  • Season potatoes with salt.
  • Place the lid on the instant pot and cook for 60 minutes on meat/stew. When it beeps manually release pressure.
  • Remove the steamer basket and the trivet. In a bowl load up your potatoes and mash with a masher. Add in salt, pepper, thyme, butter, and milk.
  • Load the mashed potatoes onto a dinner plate and place a lamb shank on top.
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of mashed potatoes to what is left in the bottom of the instant pot and blend. The mushy vegetables and mashed potatoes and stock have now made a thick flavoursome lamb gravy. Pour a little gravy over your lamb shanks and then when cool portion up the rest for the freezer.


Never skip the last step. It’s the most amazing lamb gravy you have ever tried. I have lots of it stored in the freezer for next time I have lamb. Works perfectly for a base for a lamb stew, lamb curry or even a lamb soup.
For a more in depth tutorial check out our no drain instant pot mashed potatoes.
You can serve some of the carrots and celery, but I use it mainly as a stock for my lamb.


Calories: 912kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 3292mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 11400IU | Vitamin C: 117mg | Calcium: 311mg | Iron: 15mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes. Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie marker and several other kitchen gadgets. CLICKING HERE →

3 thoughts on “Instant Pot Lamb Shank”

  1. 5 stars
    Thanks Samantha for such a great recipe. Can’t believe how the lamb shank fell off the bone. It was so tender and juicy. Never going to cook lamb any other way now.


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