Braised Lamb Stew

Braised Lamb Stew
Yasmin Fahr


  • 1   ground cumin
  • 1   turmeric
  • 1   hot paprika
  • 1/2  cayenne
  • 1/2  cardamom (optional)
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste
  • olive oil, plus more as needed
  • boneless leg of lamb or shoulder, cut into 1-inch pieces, at room temperature
  • pearl onions, peeled
  • peeled and sliced carrots, in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4   water or broth
  • 26  chopped tomatoes, preferably Pomi brand

After receiving a new Dutch oven for Christmas (yay!), I was excited to put it to use with this easy stew. Feel free to add other herbs like rosemary or thyme to it and vegetables like chickpeas or beans, but this lamb stew is delicious as is. 

Because of my love for tomatoes, I decided to use that as my braising liquid instead of broth. It still has a fair amount of acidity and some sweetness, which was enhanced by the carrots. We served it with crispy potatoes, but it would also work well with rice, couscous, or boiled potatoes. 

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In a mixing bowl, combine the spices and 2 tablespoons of olive oil (it will feel like a paste). Add the lamb and coat thoroughly with the spice mixture. Heat a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and when hot, brown the lamb, working in batches so you don’t crowd the pan.

When you’ve finished browning the lamb on all sides, add the onions and carrots to the pan with the water. Cook until the water has mostly burned off, stirring and scraping off any brown bits on the bottom. Add the tomatoes and the lamb and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down until you reach a bare simmer and cook for 2 ½ to 3 hours, or until the lamb is falling apart and tender, stirring occasionally. 


Calories per serving:

3,480 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Carb Paleo, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 922g 1,418%
  • Carbs 144g 48%
  • Saturated 395g 1,974%
  • Fiber 43g 172%
  • Sugars 92g
  • Monounsaturated 376g
  • Polyunsaturated 76g
  • Protein 1,202g 2,404%
  • Cholesterol 4,313mg 1,438%
  • Sodium 16,535mg 689%
  • Calcium 916mg 92%
  • Magnesium 1,906mg 477%
  • Potassium 24,392mg 697%
  • Iron 119mg 659%
  • Zinc 223mg 1,490%
  • Phosphorus 11,937mg 1,705%
  • Vitamin A 1,855µg 206%
  • Vitamin C 451mg 751%
  • Thiamin (B1) 10mg 636%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 16mg 936%
  • Niacin (B3) 416mg 2,081%
  • Vitamin B6 12mg 616%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,783µg 446%
  • Vitamin B12 161µg 2,685%
  • Vitamin E 18mg 89%
  • Vitamin K 266µg 333%
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