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Instant Pot Lamb and Green Beans (Fasoolya)

Instant Pot Lamb and Green Beans, or Fasoolya, is a quicker version of a classic Armenian and Middle Eastern dish.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Armenian, Middle Eastern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 419 kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2.5 lb boneless lamb leg, cut into 4 approximately equal pieces
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1-2 lb frozen green beans
  • salt and pepper


  1. Turn a 6 quart or larger Instant Pot onto saute mode. Add the olive oil, and heat for 1-2 minutes. 

  2. Sprinkle the lamb pieces with salt and pepper, and place in the Instant Pot to sear. After a few minutes, flip the pieces over to sear on the other side for 2-3 minutes. It doesn't have to be perfect. 

  3. Add the onions, garlic, and diced tomatoes with their liquid into the Instant Pot. Stir to combine. Close the pot, seal, and cook on high pressure for 40 minutes. 

  4. When the timer goes off, manually release the pressure. Skim some of the fat off of the top of the liquid. Add the tomato sauce, and green beans (1 lb for fewer people and a more meaty stew, 2 lb for more people and a more veggie heavy stew). Stir, seal the pot, and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. At this point, start making rice pilaf (if desired). 

  5. When the timer goes off, allow natural release for about 3-4 minutes, and then manually release the rest of the pressure. Stir, breaking apart the lamb into smaller pieces. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

  6. Serve the fasoolya with rice pilaf, bulgur pilaf, or on its own. 

Recipe Notes

Calorie info is approximate, using 1 lb green beans, and does not include pilaf.