Instant Pot Lamb and Sweet Potato Stew

PrimalThe Instant Pot is a perfect appliance for stew, coaxing flavor and tenderness out of meat and vegetables in a short amount of time. Instead of the typical beef and white potato stew, this recipe uses lamb and sweet potatoes, plus a bunch of spices, for a richly flavorful and comforting meal.

The sweetness of the potatoes is perfect with the slightly gamey flavor of lamb. After a short time in the Instant Pot, both the meat and sweet potatoes melt in your mouth like butter. Cinnamon, coriander, cumin, garlic and ginger all punch up the flavor but don’t overwhelm the dish.

This lamb and sweet potato stew doesn’t need anything more to be a full meal. However, roasted cauliflower and sautéed greens are nice sides.

Time in the Kitchen: 1 hour

Servings: 4


Step 1

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (15 ml)
  • 1 1/2 pounds (680 g) lamb shoulder, cut into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt (7. 5 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (2.5 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (5 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander (10 ml)
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 inches (5 cm) ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (15 ml)
  • 1 cup bone broth (240 ml)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled (1.2 ml)
  • Cilantro or parsley for garnish



In a small bowl, mix together salt, pepper, cumin and coriander. Rub spice mixture all over the lamb. Let the seasoned lamb sit out while you chop and prep the other ingredients.

Press the “sauté” button on the Instant Pot. Add coconut oil. When oil is hot, add lamb in two separate batches and brown on all sides, then remove from the Instant Pot and set aside.

Lower the sauté heat and add onion (add more coconut oil if the pot seems dry). Sauté 3 to 5 minutes until onion is translucent. Add garlic, ginger and tomato paste. Sauté about 1 minute, mixing constantly.

Add bone broth and cinnamon stick. Add meat back to the pot. Seal and cook at high pressure for 25 minutes.

Let the pressure release/vent naturally. Open the lid and add the sweet potatoes (and saffron, if using).

Cook under high pressure for 10 minutes. This time, activate the quick release the valve.

Garnish with cilantro or parsley.

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  1. I’m sure this would be just as tasty with beef or pork if your family doesn’t do lamb or “gamey.” Cooking times would be about the same. I would opt for some fresh string beans and a salad as side dishes. Yum.

  2. Looks good. Does anyone have any tips of where to find the most affordable lamb? It’s not one of the most affordable meats. Thanks!

  3. Hello! I do not have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Anybody know how long this would take in a slow cooker or on the stove?

    1. My guess would be 8 hours in a slow cooker. But you would have to saute everything first in a pan on the stove and then transfer to the slow cooker.

  4. Looks beyond delicious… we keep a pot over flames (low heat) 24 / 7 as our early ancestors would have… going to ask wife to add those delicious ingredients, along with some bits of pancreas and spleen too.

    “The sweetness of the potatoes is perfect with the slightly gamey flavor of lamb…” I think that the sweetness of the potatoes and all the other complimentary spices will go very well with the aforementioned organ meats. Thank you for the inspiration!

  5. This looks beautiful! Normally I wouldn’t be drawn to a stew in the summer but we are going through a cold streak up here in Alaska; it would be awesome to come home to a bowl of lamb stew after hiking in the rain.

  6. Thank you for sharing about this . My favorite dish. In indonesia, it’s called “sop daging kambing”

  7. Any tips on how to make this in a dutch oven instead of an Instant Pot?

  8. How come you’re including sweet potato when that’s one to avoid on virtually every paleo diet I’ve seen?

    1. Paleo is surprisingly variable, but this site is a little different in that it is a “primal” diet, which happens to share a lot in common with paleo. Here we are a little more lenient when it comes to potatoes, full fat dairy, legumes, and occasional rice. It’s all up to what works for you. No wheat or processed foods ideally.

  9. I agree that 10 minutes destroyed my sweet potatoes. Next time I will try 5 minutes. I couldn’t find lamb but subed in stewing beef, which turned out delicious and fork tender.

  10. I cooked this on high for 6 minutes after adding the sweet potatoes and they were soft but not mushy. Didn’t have tomato paste so I used a couple of tbsp of tomato sauce instead. And added more cumin since I didn’t have coriander. Delicious stew!

  11. Does anyone have any advice on how to double this recipe? I’ve heard conflicting things about doubling the cooking liquid and cooking time when you double the rest of the ingredients for an instant pot recipe.