Course Soups
Difficulty Easy
Pulse Type Dry Peas
Specialty Diet Gluten Free
Occasion Instant Pot
Recipe Contributed By Platings and Pairings

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Instant Pot Persian Beef Stew

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds beef, stew meat, trimmed and cut into 1-2 inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 4 cups bone broth, or beef or chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups split peas, dried; rinsed
  • 1 28 oz can tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 tbsp cumin, ground
  • 1/2 tsp saffron threads, crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp allspice, ground
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • salt and pepper, to taste

To Serve:

  • rice, basmati, cooked
  • radishes
  • mint, fresh
  • basil, leaves


  • Pat the stew meat dry and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Set Instant Pot to SAUTE, add vegetable oil and brown the meat on all sides. Meat will not be cooked through. (Be sure not to crowd the pot - you may have to work in batches). Transfer browned meat onto a plate.
  • Add onions and garlic and saut√© for a minute or two then add the tomato paste and saute for 1 minute longer.
  • Pour in the broth and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  • Return the beef to the pot and add in the split peas, crushed tomatoes, and spices.
  • Cover and seal the lid - turn the vent to sealing. Hit CANCEL then press the MANUAL (high pressure) button and set the timer to 25 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes for Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.
  • Once the 25 minutes are up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
  • Open the lid, stir in the lemon juice and zest and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.