Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

Prep Time
Cook Time
6h 30m
Ready In

"This recipe is by Julie Goodwin the first Australian MasterChef. I have since made this using my older crock pot and it took 6 hours to cook 2 lamb shanks which each weighed just under 500 grams each. Though my sauce would not reduce down on the high setting so I transferred into a pot and boiled on the stove and to add a gloss to the sauce I added a cornflour/cornstarch slurry which also helped to thicken it - would definitely suggest you have some crusty bread on hand to mop up the delicious sauce."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (710 g)
  • Calories 1126.9
  • Total Fat - 78.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 28.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 182.5 mg
  • Sodium - 857 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 52.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.6 g
  • Sugars - 12.6 g
  • Protein - 49.2 g
  • Calcium - 102.7 mg
  • Iron - 5.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 20.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step 1

Heat half the oil in a large frying pan.

Step 2

Toss the lamb in flour that has been seasoned with salt and pepper; shake away excess and cook the lamb over high heat until browned all over; transfer to the bowl of a slow cooker.

Step 3

Add remaining oil into the same pan and sauté onions, carrots and garlic, stirring, over a medium heat for about 2 minutes or until the onion is starting to soften and then add the tomato paste and cook stirring for a further minute.

Step 4

Add the wine to the pan, bring to the boil and then stir in stock, undrained tomatoes, sugar and bouquet garni and bring the boil; pour over the lamb in the slow cooker, making sure the lamb is covered by the liquid.

Step 5

Cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on the low setting or until lamb is soft and fall off the bone (see notes).

Step 6

Remove the lamb from the slow cooker and cover to keep warm.

Step 7

Turn the cooker to the high setting, cook uncovered for about 30 minutes or until sauce thicken slightly, removing any fat from the surface.

Step 8

Serve the lamb with the sauce, instant polenta and steamed green vegetables, if desired.

Step 9

Suitable to freeze but not to microwave.

JULIE'S NOTES - I made this dish simultaneously in two types of slow cookers. It was interesting to see how the low settings differed between them. The cooking varied by about 2 hours, as one cooker had a much lower heat than the other. It is important to keep an eye out, taste as you go and use your own judgement. Bouquet garni is a bundle of fresh herbs, usually bay leaf, sprig of thyme and parsley stalks, tied together with kitchen string. The bundle is removed at the end of cooking and discarded

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


I loved this! I love braised lamb shanks and this was a really nice version with the veggies. Thanks for sharing, Pat. Made for For Your Consideration tag.

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(10 Apr 2015)