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Instant Pot Lamb Shank

Instant Pot Lamb Shank

If I can develop a sheep with 8 legs I would do it just so I can get more lamb shanks!  We struggled like so many do with cooking shanks until we discovered this lamb shank recipe.  Using an instant pot or other pressure cooking only helped in making it quicker. 
Lot of recipes call for crock pot type slow cooker and you can get the same results, just takes 4-5 times as long.  I would do the same recipe except put in crock pot on low until the meat was fall off the bone good.  
Trying to share our favorite recipe for each piece of lamb and this has made lamb shanks one of the best parts of the lamb for us. Trying to figure out how to create a breed of sheep with more legs is now my goal! Lots of flavor and the quick and easy use of Instant Pot.
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Course: Main Course
Keyword: Instant Pot, lamb
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 183kcal


  • 4 each West Fork Farms Lamb Shanks
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cracked Black Pepper
  • 5 each Garlic Cloves minced
  • 3/4 cup Dry Red Wine
  • 1 can 28 ounce Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 3/4 tsp Oregano


  • Set Instant Pot to Sauté and adjust to “More” and add oil.
  • Pat lamb shanks dry and season with salt and pepper. Once the Instant Pot is hot, add lamb and cook until browned all over, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from pot and place on a plate. (You’ll likely need to do 2 at a time, adding more oil in between if needed, so you don’t crowd the pot).
  • Add garlic to pan and sauté, stirring, until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add wine and cook 2 minutes, being sure to scrape the bottom of the pot to loosen browned bits. Stir in tomatoes, basil and oregano; cook 2 minutes.
  • Return lamb to pot, place the lid on and seal. Little sauce on top. Cook high pressure for 45 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 min before manually releasing the remaining pressure.
  • Serve lamb over polenta or mashed potatoes, sprinkling fresh parsley over top if desired.
  • If desired, you can remove the lamb shanks from the Instant Pot after cooking, and use the Sauté function to reduce the sauce for a few minutes to get a thicker sauce. Be sure to stir so the sauce doesn’t burn!


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 958mg | Potassium: 431mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg
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