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Instant Pot Butter Cabbage Lamb Stew

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Instant Pot Butter Cabbage Lamb Stew and a lovely winter warmer, quickly done and not wasting much time in the kitchen.

Can you overcook Lamb in a Stew?

Yes, it’s possible to overcook lamb stew. If you cook it for too long, the meat will start to fall apart, and it will actually lose moisture and begin to toughen. Cook the stew just until the meat is fork-tender but still intact.

Instant Pot Butter Cabbage Lamb Stew
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Instant Pot Butter Cabbage Lamb Stew

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner Recipes


Instant Pot Butter Cabbage Lamb Stew and a lovely winter warmer, quickly done and not wasting much time in the kitchen.


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  1. Add meat to dish sprinkled with 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda and covered with water for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and pat dry and season as you wish with herbs and spices of choice (I included (salt and pepper) thyme, Italian seasoning, BBQ, paprika, garlic, and herb)
  3. Turn IP pot to sauté. Add butter, garlic, thyme, seeds, and salt to Instant Pot.
  4. Sauté till seeds pop. Press ‘Cancel’.
  5. Pour in chicken stock, then give it a quick mix.
  6. Add in cabbage wedges (ensure they are all partially submerged in the cooking liquid).
  7. Close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.
  8. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes (for a crisp cabbage 6 minutes for tender cabbage) then do a Quick Release.
  9. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside and cover.
  10. Drain stock into a jug or bowl.
  11. Without cleaning the pot, turn to Sauté mode and add the olive oil.
  12. Add the onion, chili paste, and garlic.
  13. Sauté till tender then add the meat and tomato puree and cook lightly, stirring all the time.
  14. Press Cancel.
  15. Add enough of the buttery stock (that you cooked the cabbage in) to cover the meat.
  16. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  17. Cancel and then Quick Release.
  18. Add the potatoes and cook on high pressure for another 6 minutes. Cancel. Quick-release.
  19. Return the cabbage and stir to mix.
  20. Garnish with chopped red chili and Parsley.


Prepared, tried, and tested by Melanie from The Recipe Hunter:  Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 1557
  • Sugar: 7
  • Sodium: 1167
  • Fat: 101
  • Saturated Fat: 42
  • Unsaturated Fat: 51
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 49
  • Fiber: 5
  • Protein: 107
  • Cholesterol: 413
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What does stew mean in cooking terms?

To cook (food) by simmering or slow boiling. to undergo cooking by simmering or slow boiling. Informal. to fret, worry, or fuss: He stewed about his chaotic state of affairs all-day

A stew is a combination of solid food ingredients that have been cooked in liquid and served in the resultant gravy. Ingredients in a stew can include any combination of vegetables and may include meat, especially tougher meats suitable for slow-cooking, such as beef, pork, lamb, poultry, sausages, and seafood.

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Instant Pot Butter Cabbage Lamb Stew

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