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Pressure Cooker 7 Hour Leg of Lamb (in 90 minutes)

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  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 1x


Pressure Cooker 7 Hour Leg of Lamb (in 90 minutes) - the classic French recipe, sped up with the help of a pressure cooker.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4-pound bone in leg of lamb roast (the sirloin half if possible)
  • 1 tablespoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • 1 cup dry white wine (dry Riesling)
  • 1 cup chicken stock (or water)
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Minced parsley to garnish


  1. Brown the lamb: Heat the tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat (“sauté” mode on an electric PC) until shimmering, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the lamb roast all over with 1 tablespoon kosher salt and the fresh ground black pepper. Sear the lamb roast, about 4 minutes a side, then move it to a bowl.
  2. Sauté the onion and simmer the wine: Add the onion to the pot, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and sauté until just starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the white wine and bring to a simmer, scraping any browned bits of lamb and onion from the bottom of the pot, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add everything to the pot: Pour in the chicken stock, then stir in the garlic, rosemary, and thyme sprigs. Add the lamb and any lamb juices in the bowl
  4. Pressure cook the lamb: Lock the pressure cooker lid and bring the pressure cooker up to high pressure. Cook on high pressure for 90 minutes in an electric PC, 75 minutes in a stovetop PC. Let the pressure come down with a natural pressure release, about 20 minutes.
  5. Serve: Carefully lift the lamb roast out of the cooker and transfer to a platter (I use a slotted spatula and a pair of kitchen tongs). Strain the liquid in the pot into a fat separator and let it settle for 10 minutes. Slice the lamb roast, pour some of the defatted liquid over the slices, and serve, passing the rest of the defatted liquid as a sauce. (Or serve the lamb family style, with the sauce straight out of the pot. Just pour it over the roast after you discard the herb sprigs).
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Sunday Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: French