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Instant Pot Leg of Lamb Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Instant Pot leg of lamb is my go-to for a hearty, flavorful meal. Seasoned with garlic, rosemary, and thyme, it's a tender, juicy delight that never fails to impress!

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Ever tried leg of lamb in an instant pot? Let me tell you, it's a game changer! This recipe transforms that intimidating chunk of meat into succulent, fall-off-the-bone goodness. With garlic, rosemary and thyme sending their fragrant aromas swirling around the kitchen, your mouth will be watering long before it's time to tuck in! So, ready to give your tastebuds a treat they won't forget? Let's get cooking!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Leg of Lamb

  • Leg of lamb: Tender, flavorful centerpiece of the dish, slow-cooked to perfection in the instant pot for a juicy result.
  • Garlic: Adds depth and aroma to the lamb, infusing each bite with a savory and fragrant flavor profile.
  • Rosemary and thyme: A classic herb pairing that enhances the lamb's natural taste, providing earthy and aromatic notes to the dish.
  • Chicken or beef broth: Creates a rich and savory base for cooking the lamb, adding moisture and depth of flavor to the dish.

Essential Tools for Making This Lamb Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking time and helps to tenderize the leg of lamb effectively.
  • Tongs: Essential for handling the hot leg of lamb safely during cooking and when removing it from the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Leg of Lamb Recipe

This Instant Pot Leg of Lamb Recipe is a quick and easy way to prepare a delicious and tender leg of lamb. Perfect for a family dinner or special occasion, this recipe is sure to impress.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Natural Pressure Release 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 350 kcal


  • Instant Pot


Main Ingredients

  • 1 leg lamb about 4-5 pounds
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth


  • Season the leg of lamb with garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the seasoned lamb in the Instant Pot and add the broth.
  • Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 45 minutes.
  • Once done, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure.
  • Remove the lamb from the Instant Pot and let it rest before slicing and serving.


For best results, let the lamb rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to redistribute.


Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 45gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 400mgPotassium: 600mgVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Instant Pot, Leg of Lamb, Pressure Cooker
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Can You Make Leg of Lamb Ahead of Time or Freeze It?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Season the leg of lamb as per the recipe instructions and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking.
  • You can prepare the leg of lamb in the instant pot up to the point of pressure cooking, then refrigerate it. When ready to eat, resume cooking from where you left off.

Freezing Instructions

  • After cooking the leg of lamb in the instant pot, let it cool completely.
  • Slice the lamb and store it in an airtight container or freezer-safe bags. Make sure to remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn.
  • Label the container with the date and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, thaw the lamb overnight in the refrigerator and then gently warm it in the oven or microwave.

Marinating the leg of lamb overnight with the seasonings can enhance the flavors and tenderness of the meat in this instant pot leg of lamb recipe.

Common Questions About Cooking Lamb in the Instant Pot

How long does it take to cook the leg of lamb in the instant pot?
The leg of lamb cooks in the instant pot for 45 minutes on high pressure.
Can I use water instead of broth for this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute water for broth if you prefer.
Should I remove the bone from the leg of lamb before cooking?
It's best to cook the leg of lamb with the bone-in for added flavor.
Do I need to marinate the leg of lamb before cooking?
No, you can season the leg of lamb right before placing it in the instant pot.
Can I add vegetables to cook along with the leg of lamb?
Yes, you can add vegetables like potatoes and carrots to cook with the lamb for a complete meal.

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