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November 08, 2021 4 min read

This is a guide on how to cook tender goat using an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker. You'll find that after you follow the directions, you may make adjustments on when you add ingredients and other seasonings (before the pressure cook or after), as well as how much cooking liquid to remove.  By using the pressure cooker, this is an easy, no-fail way to cook your goat meat so it's tender and flavorful without spending hours in the kitchen. It allows you to use your favorite goat curry, Indian food, other recipes or keep it simple with a seasoning kit or a jar of curry sauce from the grocery store. 

Table of Contents

Suggested Ingredients 

Use your original recipe as a guide for the ingredients you'll need to cook your goat meat in the pressure cooker. However you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 lb. – Stew goat meat or goat roast or shanks chopped into cubes
  • 1 tbs. – Butter or your favorite fat/oil for sautéing
  • 1-2 cups – Bone broth – goat, beef or chicken stock, or water
  • Your choice of sauce, curry or scratch sauce recipe with the whole spices or seasonings such as garlic, turmeric powder, ginger, garam masala, chili powder
  • Your choice of vegetables, such as thinly sliced onion, green onions
  • Your choice of side rice, noodles, flat bread, tortillas for serving your dish

Suggested Equipment

You'll need the following equipment to cook your goat meat with this technique:

  1. Electric pressure cooker, such as an Instant Pot
  2. Knife, if using a large cut of goat meat
  3. Spatula or wooden spoon 

How to cook using the instant pot or pressure cooker

  1. Thaw goat meat if frozen.
  2. Lightly salt and add other seasonings to the goat meat, if desired.
  3. In the pressure cooker’s inner pot with the lid off, sauté the goat meat on medium heat in butter or your favorite fat or oil to sear the meat. It does not need to be fully cooked.
  4. Add any chopped vegetables for the purpose of adding flavor to the meat during the cooking process. This is a good time to sauté chopped onion with the meat. This is optional. If you’d like vegetables in your dish as a side, wait to add them after the pressure cooking is complete. 
  5. Add any sauces or seasonings, pre-made or scratch recipe into the pressure cooker. If the sauce includes any cream/milk (dairy or coconut) or yogurt, wait to add them until after the pressure cooking. After following this recipe, you may find it more ideal to add your seasonings or sauce afterwards or before. 
  6. Add 1-2 cups of bone broth, stock or water to the mix. If you’re not adding a sauce until after the cooking is complete, add 2 cups of broth to make sure the meat is completely submerged. Mix ingredients in the inner pot until everything is combined.
  7. Put the lid on and properly secure it. Set it for 45 minutes, high pressure, with a natural release. Let it slowly release the pressure on its own.
  8. Once the natural release is complete, remove the lid carefully
  9. Your dish is ready if it’s already seasoned and no vegetables need to be added. You may wish to remove half of the liquid from the pressure cooker, but it is not necessary. 
  10. If your recipe calls for cream/milk/yogurt, remove at least half of the liquid (about 1 cup), then mix in the cream/milk/yogurt and any other ingredients and vegetables.
  11. Set your pressure cooker to the simmer setting at medium with the cover off. Cook for about 15 minutes. Stir frequently to make sure it doesn’t stick. Turn down the temperature if needed. 
  12. If you want to just add vegetables, remove about half of the liquid (about 1 cup), then mix in the vegetables. Set to the simmer setting at medium with the cover off. Cook for about 10-15 minutes. Stir frequently to make sure it doesn’t stick. Turn down the temperature if needed.

You’re ready to serve your dish with your other sides of choice, such as rice, noodles, flat bread or tortillas, depending on your type of recipe. 

Goat recipes to use with your pressure cooker

Your Instant Pot or pressure cooker is great for goat curry and other recipes, such as

  • Goat stews, Caribbean goat stew or African peanut goat stew
  • Many Indian food recipes, such as tikka masala
  • Mexican or Latin American dishes, such as goat barbacoa or Birria
  • Recipes with bone in goat meat, such as goat shoulder or stew meat

Other tips for Instant Pot goat:

  • If you want an easy recipe or dish you can opt for a sauce in jar or use a premade curry powder or garam masala seasoning mix. The last time I cooked goat in our Instant Pot, I used a Tikka Masala Curry that I bought off the shelf at the grocery store. 
  • If your goat meat isn't tender after the 45 minutes of pressure cooking, you may need to extend the cooking time in your Instant Pot. Larger cuts of meat, such as a leg of goat or a roast, may cook faster if it is cut into smaller pieces.
  • If your sauce has too much liquid, in the future remove at least half of the cooking liquid after the pressure cooker is finished cooking. Then add your other seasonings, yogurt, tomato paste, or other ingredients to create the sauce for your goat dish.
  • Cooking goat, or as it's sometimes called mutton, with an Instant Pot pressure cooker is great way to create tender goat meat from an older, adult goat.

Where to buy goat meat

You can buy goat meat from our family's farm, Cylon Rolling Acres, in Western Wisconsin. We sell packaged stew meat, which is great for Instant Pot goat curry, as well as other cuts of goat meat, such as legs, shanks or roasts. Buy your goat meat here for nationwide shipping to your doorstep.


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