How To Successfully Cook Lamb With a Pressure Cooker
A pressure cooker is a large pot that uses hot steam to cook meat and food in it… One of the benefits of using a pressure cooker for lamb is that it tenderizes the meat slowly, making it fall apart when you eat it. Of course, you’ll need to follow a few basic rules if you plan on plan on cooking lamb with a pressure cooker; otherwise, you could end up with a ruined dinner that looks better than what it tastes.
Type of Lamb
The first thing that you’ll need to decide is what type of lamb you want to cook in a pressure cooker. Contrary to what many people believe, you can actually cook just about any type of lamb using a pressure cooker, including shanks, ribs, shoulder, and loins. The general rule of thumb to follow is that as long as your meat fits in the pressure cooker, you can go ahead and cook with it. Even if it doesn’t foot, you may still be able to chop it down some to make it fit.
So, just what type of lamb should you use in a pressure cooker? As stated above, there’s really no wrong choice as long as it fits. With that said, one of my personal favorites is lamb shanks. They’re easy to cook, tender and all-around a delicious item to eat.
Trim Your Fat
Because pressure cookers slowly cook the lamb over the course of several hours, you should trim the fat before placing it in the cooker. Some people may prefer the additional marbling flavor offered by the fat, but it generally does more harm than good. If you want a little bit of marbling to coat your lamb, trim the necessary amount before placing it into the pressure cooker.
Heat The Pressure Cooker Oil
Before adding your lamb to the pressure cooker, you’ll want to add and heat the oil for it. This not only makes it cook more evenly and thoroughly, but it will cook quicker as well. Whether you’re using canola, vegetable, or some other type of oil, it needs to be heated up before you place your lamb inside the cooker. Failing to do this step will result in your lamb not cooking properly, and it could even come out undercooked if you aren’t careful.
The tips covered here are just a few things to remember when using a pressure cooker on the lamb. Follow these steps and do a little trial and error to find out what works and what doesn’t.