Recipes for Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks

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Although lamb shanks are a tough cut of meat, they are extremely popular, being perfect for a warming, winter slow-cooked dish.  If you have the right cooking equipment, slow cooking is one of the easiest ways to make a delicious and flavoursome dinner for a big, hungry family.  As you’ll see with the recipes below for slow cooker lamb shanks, they use just one pot and involve very little fuss.  As long as you have time to get the dinner cooking a few hours earlier, you’ll simply love making these easy slow cooked lamb shanks.  You’re family will be happy too!

Lemon and Thyme Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks


  • 8 French-trimmed lamb shanks
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 lemon, rind grated, juiced
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 750g potatoes, peeled, cut into 4-5cm pieces
  • 40g butter, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • Lemon wedges, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and place lamb shanks into a large roasting pan.  Season well with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine the stock, grated lemon rind, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and the thyme in a jug.
  3. Pour the stock mixture over the shanks before covering the pan tightly with foil.
  4. Roast the shanks for 90 minutes before removing the foil and roasting uncovered for another 30minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, place the potatoes into a large saucepan and cover with cold water.
  6. Bring to the boil over a high heat.  Once boiling, reduce the heat, allowing potatoes to simmer partially covered for 20 minutes.
  7. Once tender, drain the potatoes and return them to the saucepan with the butter and milk.
  8. Mash until smooth before adding the Parmesan, chives and seasoning with salt and pepper.
  9. Place the slow cooker lamb shanks over the mash, with sauce from the roasting pan spooned over.  Serve with lemon wedges on the side.

Mediterranean Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks


  • 4 French-trimmed lamb shanks
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 red capsicum, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 2 zucchini, thickly sliced
  • 1 eggplant, cut into 3cm cubes
  • 2 sticks celery, thickly sliced
  • 2 x 440g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Fresh pasta to serve


  1. Place the lamb and flour into a bowl and toss to coat the shanks.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat and cook the lamb shanks for 5 minutes, turning until browned on all sides.
  3. Transfer the lamb shanks to the slow cooker bowl.
  4. Add the onion, garlic, capsicum, zucchini, eggplant and celery to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until vegetables just start to brown.
  5. Add the vegetables to the lamb and top with the chopped tomatoes.
  6. Pour over the combined tomato paste, wine and stock before stirring all ingredients to combine.
  7. Turn the slow cooker on to a low heat and cover, cooking for 6-7 hours.
  8. Meanwhile cook the fresh pasta in boiling water and serve the slow cooker lamb shanks over pasta.

As you have seen, these two recipes for slow cooked lamb shanks are extremely simple, requiring very little fuss.  If you can start cooking dinner a few hours earlier than usual, you can have one of these warming winter dishes ready for the family.  In this cold weather, they will simply love some slow cooker lamb shanks!


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