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Lamb Shanks with Ginger and Figs (Pressure Cooker, AIP)

  • Author: Jaime Hartman
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This is an easy, delicious, and budget friendly way to prepare lamb. AIP-friendly too if you serve it with cauli-rice!


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 12-ounce lamb shanks
  • 1 large onion, sliced thinly pole-to-pole
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 23 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 cups bone broth
  • 10 dried figs, stems cut off and halved lengthwise


  1. Turn Instant Pot on and press “saute” button (or set a 6 quart stovetop pressure cooker over medium heat). When hot, add 1 tablespoon coconut oil.
  2. Place two of the lamb shanks in the pot and brown on all sides, turning occasionally. Transfer to a plate or bowl. Repeat with remaining tablespoon coconut oil and lamb shanks.
  3. Add onion and ginger to empty pot and cook, stirring often, until softened (about 3 minutes).
  4. Stir in the coconut aminos, vinegar, fish sauce, and garlic. Stir in the broth and figs, scraping up any browned bits. Return the shanks and any accumulated juices to the pressure cooker. Make sure the meaty portion of each shank is at least partially submerged in the liquid. Lock lid in place.
  5. If using Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker, set the machine to cook at high pressure for 1 hour. OR If using stovetop pressure cooker, raise heat to high and bring the pot to high pressure, then reduce the heat as much as possible while maintaining the pressure and cook for 40 minutes.
  6. If using Instant Pot, turn off the machine, do not allow it to go into keep-warm setting, and let its pressure return to normal naturally for 20-30 minutes. OR If using stovetop pressure cooker, remove the pot from heat and allow its pressure to fall to normal naturally for about 20 minutes.
  7. Unlock and open the cooker. Transfer the shanks to a serving platter. Skim the surface fat from the sauce in the cooker and discard. Ladle the sauce over the shanks.
  8. Serve with white rice or cauli-rice.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 90 mins
  • Category: Entree