Pressure Cooker Leg Of Lamb

Easter Everywhere
Lamb_Yogurt_Sauce4 There’s no particular reason for that obscure reference to Easter Everywhere, the second album by cult favorite 1960s band The 13th Floor Elevators other than the fact that it mentions Easter and today's recipe is for Pressure Cooker Leg of Lamb, in my famous just barely in time for the holiday fashion (but it's good for any time). It is a dang good album, though. Give it a listen if you are a fan of Psychedelic Music. Now back to food-related matters. I was tempted to call it Leg o' Lamb, but then I would hate myself because I get annoyed at such things as replacing the word "of" with "o'", and don't even get me started on "fixin's". So Pressure Cooker Leg of Lamb (With Yogurt Sauce) it is. I am going to include separate recipes for the yogurt sauce and the lamb just to simplify things a bit, even though the sauce isn't a pressure cooker recipe. It's best to make the sauce first so you can pop it in the fridge to let the flavors blend while you work on the lamb. I used a boneless leg of lamb, since the bone-in ones at the store didn't look like they would fit in my pressure cooker. The lamb I used was 3-1/2 lbs., so the time will need to be adjusted some if you have a larger or smaller piece of lamb. It was nice of the store to include the decorative and photogenic bit of rosemary in the package. LAMB_ROSEMARY Boneless lamb usually comes already dressed in one of these sexy fishnet numbers. If yours does not you will have to tie yours up S&M style. Before you get out the leather straps and handcuffs, S&M stands for String and Meat (OK, I just made that up, but really, if your lamb doesn't have netting, roll it up and fasten with butcher twine. So first, let's do the sauce. It would probably work with low-fat yogurt, but I used full-fat Greek Yogurt, because let's face it, it tastes so much better (and it doesn't include those weird gums and whatnot that are used to make the lowfat ones thicker). Also, I haven't tried this with dried herbs, it would probably work, but would take away the nice, fresh flavor that comes from using fresh herbs, so use dried only as a last resort. Use fresh lemon as well. DILL_MINT_YOGURT_SAUCE_INGREDIENTS6 Finely chop the dill and mint, zest the lemon (I never used to use zest until I got one of these Microplane gizmos, now I'm a zesting fool) and mix it together with a cup of yogurt. Add a little salt and white pepper, too. DILL_MINT You could whisk it if you don't have an immersion blender, but I mixed it up with the Bamix. It blends the flavor a little better, and gives it a nice greenish color. YOGURT_SAUCE_PREMIX Not the most attractive concoction before blending, I know. I put it in one of the these sqeezie deals so I could make cool squiggles on the lamb, but you could just put it in a bowl and plop it on old school. MINT_DILL_YOGURT_SAUCE4 Once that is all mixed, stick it in the fridge to get it out of the way, clear away the sauce ingredients and work on that lamb which has been taken out of the fridge befor you made the sauce, right? I used a “wet” rub, which could also be used as a marinade if you have the forethought to do it ahead of time and let it marinate in the fridge for a few hours, which unfortunately I did not. LAMB_RUB_INGREDIENTS3 In a bowl or measuring cup, add 1 cup olive oil, a heaping tablespoon Herbes de Provence (I use this spice blend so often that I buy the jumbo bag, so I don't need to see my Herbes dealer as often), a tablespoon of dijon mustard, juice of a lemon and some white pepper. I add some salt slightly later. I used the Bamix to blend this mixture as well (even though I have been lusting after a Vitamix, I have found the Bamix to be one of the most useful things I have ever purchased). LEG_LAMB_WITH_RUB2 Once you've got the rub all blended, go to town on that lamb. Rub that baby all over, bottom and top. make sure you have the lamb sitting on a large platter or something with sides that isn't going to make a big mess (I should have followed my own advice). LEG_LAMB_RUB2 Let the lamb be for a minute while you put a tablespoon or so of vegetable oil in the pressure cooker over medium-high heat. When the oil gets hot, put the lamb in the cooker and brown on all sides. PC_LAMB_BROWNING After the lamb is browned, remove it to a platter and sauté the onion in the pot. When the onions are translucent, add wine, Worcestershire sauce, and the spice bag (or cheesecloth packet) with the bay leaf, peppercorns and cardamom pods (cracked first). PC_ONIONS2 Add salt and pepper to your liking at this point. Turn heat to high and add the lamb back to the pot. KUHN_RIKON_TOP_HIGH_PRESSURE You know the drill, put the top on the pressure cooker and bring to high pressure. When high pressure is reached, set timer for 35 minutes (This will result in lamb ranging from rare to medium depending what part of meat it is cut from. If you don't like it so pink, try 45 minutes. you can always bring it back up to pressure for a few more minutes if it is not to your liking). Temperature should be 135-140 for medium-rare. Around 160 if you don't want pink. LEG LAMB_PRESSURE_COOKER2 Let the pressure come down naturally, remove lid, put lamb on platter and tent with foil. Let the meat rest for 15 minutes. PC_LAMB_NET Remove the netting, slice the meat, plate it and top with the Dill Mint Yogurt sauce. Check out those cool squiggles that I mentioned earlier! Lamb_Yogurt_Sauce8 I leaned a little to the Mediterranean side of things with this, serving it with some Turmeric-Cardommom rice and a tomato-cucumber salad. You could easily serve it with more traditional Easter sides like mashed or boiled potatoes and a green vegetable of some sort. Give it a try, it's pretty lamb good!
Dill-Mint Yogurt Sauce
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Greek
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Serves: 3-4
A refreshing Yogurt sauce with Dill and Mint for topping Pressure Cooker Leg of Lamb
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 Lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoons dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mint, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Dash of salt and white pepper
  1. Combine ingredients
  2. Whisk or blend with immersion blender
  3. Put in squeeze bottle, or cover in bowl and let flavors blend in refrigerator until ready to use.

Pressure Cooker Leg Of Lamb
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Greek
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Serves: 3-4
Perfect for Easter or any day, this easy pressure cooker leg of lamb is especially good with Dill-Mint Yogurt Sauce
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 (generous) tablespoon Herbes de Provence
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 3-3.5 pound boneless leg of lamb
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups white wine, such as Chardonnay
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 6 cardamom pods, cracked
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix together first six ingredients (Olive Oil through the ½ teaspoon white pepper) using whisk or immersion blender
  2. Rub mixture on the lamb and let sit a few minutes
  3. Heat oil over medium-high heat in pressure cooker
  4. Brown Lamb on all sides
  5. Remove Lamb to platter
  6. Saute onion in pressure cooker pot
  7. When onion is translucent, add wine and Worcestershire Sauce
  8. Put bay leaves, peppercorns and cardamom pods in a spice bag or wrap in cheesecloth
  9. Add spice bag to wine mixture in pot
  10. Turn heat to high and place the lamb back in the pot
  11. Add any rub that may have dripped onto platter into pot
  12. Add a little salt and pepper
  13. Turn heat to high, cover pressure cooker and bring to high pressure
  14. Lower heat to maintain high pressure and set timer for 35 minutes (45 minutes if you like it a little less pink)
  15. When timer sounds, let pressure come down on its own
  16. Check temperature in several spots (it should be 135-140 for rare-medium rare). If necessary bring back up to pressure for 5 minutes or so.
  17. Add salt and pepper to taste
  18. Remove to platter, tent with foil and let rest for 15 minutes.
  19. Serve with Dill-Mint Yogurt Sauce



25 thoughts on “Pressure Cooker Leg Of Lamb

  1. looks sensational, just got a pressure cooker and 5/5 most excellent meals, soup, curry risotto……
    Why didn’t I get one before!!
    Dinner cooks itself while I do something else…..

    • Lee, thanks for checking out the site. I agree that once you start using a pressure cooker, it makes you feel that you’ve been missing out all these years!

  2. This recipe appears to be exactly what I am looking for. I was wondering if you think it would be better to marinate overnight or if you think that would be too much? Thanks for the recipe. I am an “old fashioned”, middle aged woman who has owned a pressure cooker my entire life. Several years ago I finally retired my old one and purchased an electric pressure cooker. This is the greatest think EVER. I like it even more than my VitaMix, which I adore.

    Thanks for sharing your creativity and your expertise. No matter how long someone has been cooking there is always room for a new recipe so I am really appreciative of your site.

    • Mary, thanks for visiting the site. Though I have never tried it I think marinating overnight would work out fine. It’s just because of a lack of time/patience that I don’t usually marinate things for very long.
      I was lusting after a Vitamix for awhile, but ended up with a Blendtec because I was able to use a 20% off Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon which excluded Vitamix in the fine print, but I am really enjoying the Blendtec. Let me know how the recipe works out!


      • Michael, First, let me say that I have made it several times since my initial posting. The first time I made it as written but left the mint out of the ingredients as my husband is not a “mint lover” . He told me something was missing but it was really good. Next time I made it with the mint and marinated it overnight, turning in the morning and early afternoon. We decided that this made the lamb perfect. Tender, flavor through out, and leftovers were superb. However, I served the sauce on the side rather than squiggle it over the lamb as you did. Almost the entire sauce ending up not being used simply because the lamb was so delicious without it that we decided there was no enhancement needed. However, the sauce was delicious so I found another use for it. I used some of the leftover lamb and made lamb gyros. I used the sauce as the base for tzatziki sauce and added finely grated cucumbers to it. It was perfect.

        Like you, I stay away from the “low-fat” “artificial” this and that and attempt to eat a more natural diet. As a ‘stay-at-home wife’ I have more time to spend on cooking but my pressure cooker is invaluable to me. Being electric, I don’t have to worry about the pressure being too high or the liquid level too low. The electric PC is perfect for anyone “afraid” of the pressure cooker. My 14 year old granddaughter wants one for her birthday as her parents are college professors and she is starting to prepare meals. After tasing a meal prepared in mine, she said she needs one because it is safer than the stove. If she forgets about it nothing will burn or “blow up.” It will simply go to the warming cycle and keep dinner warm until everyone is ready to eat.

  3. sound like a good one to try .I HAVE vitamin and a 6at electric pressure cooker..just did pork chops will be doing lamb Sunday

  4. worked great – though with bone in, cooks a lot faster. I actually only put it in for 30 mins and it was at “rarest” medium – live and learn 😉 Tasted great though. 😉 Also the mint sauce was a little lemony – I think next time I’ll tone that down by 1/2 because we couldn’t really taste the mint that much.

    • I’m glad it turned out ok. I have never tried bone in, but I would guess that it would cook faster. How large is your PC? The reason I made boneless is that all the bone-in legs that I saw looked much too large for my cooker.

  5. Cooked this tonight. Cooked for 40 mins and turned out perfect falling off the bone. That’s how my husband wanted it. Put potatoes in. Made cauliflower mash with sour cream and steamed beans. Also made gravy out of stock from lamb left over. Just left it on sauté after lamb out resting. Added a little corn flour one tea spoon. Perfect gravy for beautiful recipe. Turned out perfect. Thanks.

  6. You’re probably not monitoring this on Thanksgiving but thought I’d give it a try. I have a Wolfgang Puck pressure oven and was wondering if the timing is the same. There is no recipe on their site. I have a 3.5 lb boneless leg of lamb and was thinking it would be roughly 35-40 min on high (which is 450 degrees). Thanks for any help.

    • Hi Greg,
      This answer may be late, depending on where you live, but I would probably try 35 minutes. You can always put it back under pressure for a few minutes if necessary.

      Let me know how it turns out!

  7. Problem-my leg has a Bone – 2.2kg time & temp? I have roasted chicken twice to your menu, lovely! Now have this leg of lamb for friends this weekend – help, must be simple

    • I have never tried bone-in, but one of the commenters under the recipe said that it seemed to cook faster. 2.2kg is fairly large, so I would probably try 30 min. You can always bring to pressure for a few more minutes if necessary.

  8. I had a 3.9 lb boneless Lamb Leg and added 5 more minute for a total of 40 mins and it was done medium well. added potatoes as well and they well nicely cooked too.

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