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Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks

This recipe for Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks makes a hearty, slow-cooked dish.  The succulent lamb meat ends up, melt in your mouth tender and because it's made in the slow cooker, you can make it all year round without heating up the kitchen!

Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword best lamb shank dish, lamb shank recipe, slow cooked lamb shank
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 455 kcal
Author Erren


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 6 cloves large garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 leaves large bay
  • 6 juniper berries
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup vermouth or white wine
  • 4 cups lamb stock if you don't have access to lamb stock use 1/2 chicken 1/2 beef
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • a good handful of fresh parsley chopped


  1. Preheat slower cooker on low heat.
  2. Heat the oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle lamb on all sides with salt and pepper. Add lamb to pot and brown on all sides.
  3. Transfer lamb to slow cooker.
  4. Add vegetables. Sauté to soften slightly, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Mix in tomato & anchovy paste. Mix in cinnamon, juniper berries & salt & pepper. Sprinkle in the flour and coat the vegetables.
  6. Add the stock and vermouth. Bring to a boil to cook off the alcohol and thicken the sauce, stirring occasionally, boil for 3-4 minutes until thick. Pour the vegetable/sauce mixture over the lamb in the slow cooker.
  7. Cook on 3-8 hours - 3 hours on high, 5 hours on medium and 8 hours on low
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 455 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 128mg43%
Sodium 632mg27%
Potassium 726mg21%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 5340IU107%
Vitamin C 7.8mg9%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.