Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks Recipe #CrockpotRecipes

slow cooked lamb shanks

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This easy recipe for slow cooked lamb shanks makes for a perfect meal to impress your guests at a holiday party or even Thanksgiving.  When I’m at my busiest I always appreciate having my Crock-Pot Slow Cooker.  It’s kind of like having a second cook in the kitchen, one that is specialized in bringing out the juicy best flavor combinations of meats, veggies and more.  Lamb shanks are actually a wonderful dish to serve up at the holidays.  For starters, it’s delicious tasting lamb!  Lamb shanks also have a nice look to them, they sell themselves.  When cooked in a Crock-Pot the lamb is so moist and tender.  If you’re a fan of lamb osso buco or other variations where the meat just falls off the bone, then read on!

slow cooked lamb shanks

Especially during the holidays I am always pressed for time, especially when juggling four different dishes all with the same tight deadline.  With my Crock-Pot I can get an early start on a dish by just adding the contents and letting it do its thing.  Prep time is a snap and I’m back to work on other stuff, or maybe take a break!  In addition to freed up time I also gain back some space on the stove and in the oven.

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Per usual the slow cooker brings together all of the flavors, and this unique recipe has some great ones from the saffron to the nutmeg, the cardamom to the turmeric, and of course some good old onions and tomatoes.  I think a key ingredient in this dish is cinnamon, which is especially fitting for a December holiday dinner.   In a prior post I mentioned that I like to take some risks on Thanksgiving and break the  norms a bit.  If you aren’t in the mood for turkey then write your own Thanksgiving manual this year and try some lamb instead!






Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks
Easy Slow Cooked Lamb Shank Recipe
Servings: 2
Author: Posh Journal
  • 2 Lamb Shanks
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 whole tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 1/3 teaspoon saffron
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • teaspoon optional : 1/2 dried rose flowers
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a medium skillet pan and cook the onion until fragrant. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a medium skillet pan and sear the lamb on all sides for about 5 minutes (until nicely browned on all sides). Transfer to the slow cooker.
  3. Place tomato, tomato paste, cinnamon stick, nutmeg powder, black pepper, ground turmeric, beef broth, saffron and dried flower into the slow cooker
  4. Stir together until the meat well coated and cook for 7-9 hours in low heat.
  5. Add salt/pepper to taste


slow cooker lamb shanks

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    Alli Rutherford Smith
    Nov 23, 2016 at 2:31 am

    I didn’t grow up eating lamb and I’ve never cooked it before. I need to make my lamb cooking debut with your slow cooked lamb shanks. Looks so good and I know my family would love it. I always enjoy finding new crockpot recipes to add to my list.

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    Nov 23, 2016 at 5:23 am

    I think I would like to get this over the turkey on Thanksgiving! Wow does this look delicious. I have never tried but now I can’t wait to try.

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    Paula Schuck
    Nov 23, 2016 at 5:38 am

    I absolutely love lamb. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try. It looks delicious AND easy. e

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    Nov 23, 2016 at 7:09 am

    This looks and sounds delicious. I have not cooked lamb in years. it is one of my favorites too. I’ll have to try this recipe for myself.

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    Nov 23, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I’ve never made lamb before, but this looks delicious. I love using my slow cooker, I will add this recipe into my rotation.

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    Nov 23, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    This recipe sounds absolutely delicious! I really like lamb but have never cooked it – a slow cooker is a great place to start.

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    Maureen @Scoops of Joy
    Nov 23, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    This looks so delicious and I love that you use slow cooker. I am a sucker for slow cooker and I’ve missed cooking with them. PS: Enak banget kayaknya! 😉

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    Ali Cummins
    Nov 24, 2016 at 10:54 am

    These lamb shanks look amazing. It would be perfect for the next get together with friends!

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    Fi Ni Neachtain
    Nov 24, 2016 at 11:08 am

    My other half would absolutely love that for dinner. You’ve really made me want to get a Crockpot for myself!

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    Ave Hla
    Nov 24, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Those slow cooked lamb shanks look absolutely mouthwatering! I wish I had an slow cooker. I think I’ll have to add it to my Christmas wish list.

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    Making Our Life Matter
    Nov 25, 2016 at 6:53 am

    I never made lamb on my own. This recipe looks amazing, and I think I may have to try it very soon! Thanks for sharing.

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    Nov 25, 2016 at 8:05 am

    This sounds good. I never had lamb but would like to try some.

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    Jennifer L Johnson
    Nov 25, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I have never had ham before!! This looks so good, love that they are made in the slow cooker!!

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    Michele d
    Nov 26, 2016 at 4:28 am

    I’ve never made lamb shanks before. I don’t think that my family would eat it to be honest but it looks so yummy cooking in the crock pot.

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    Chubskulit Rose
    Nov 26, 2016 at 7:24 am

    I have never tried cooking any kind of lamb dish. This looks super delicious!

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    Nov 26, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I am using my slow cooker more and more these days and just used it for some lamb. This looks really delicious

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