Balsamic & Tomato Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

Balsamic & Tomato Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

Now we are almost into the colder weather and those dark nights, what could be better than coming home from work and dinner is cooked for you already. So get your slow cooker out and try this great Lamb Shanks recipe. This is such an easy recipe, no standing in the kitchen preparing dinner for hours.  

Although the shank is one of the least tender parts of the lamb (meaning it has excellent flavour), when it’s slow cooked, it falls off the bone. That’s why these balsamic & tomato slow cooker lamb shanks are a firm favourite.  


4  lamb hind shanks

1/4 cup white flour

4 tbsp olive oil

2 thinly sliced onions

3 crushed garlic cloves

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup maple syrup

800g chopped canned tomatoes

3 peeled and sliced carrots

A pinch of salt

A pinch of black pepper

Turn your slow cooker to low.

In a small bowl, mix the flour with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Next you need to coat the lamb shanks in flour, shaking off any excess.

Heat a frying pan to moderate-high heat on the stove-top and add half the olive oil.

Brown the lamb shanks, turning often to brown all over.

Set lamb aside.

To Prepare Sauce

Add the remaining oil to the pan and add the onion and garlic.

Cook until the onion starts to soften, about 2-3 minutes.

Add the thyme, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, tomatoes and carrots, season to taste.

Stir well and bring to a gentle bubble then remove from the heat.

To Slow Cook

Add the sauce to the slow cooker and the lamb shanks on top.

It is best to have the bone sticking upwards to ensure the meat is covered by the sauce.

Spoon the sauce over any exposed meat.

Cover with the lid and cook on low for 8 hours or high for approx 4 hours, or until the meat tender and easily pulled from the bone.

To Serve

Once cooked you may need to thicken the sauce further.

You can do this by removing the shanks from the sauce carefully and setting aside, then simmer the sauce rapidly in a saucepan to reduce it.

Additionally, you can thicken with a water and flour paste over heat.

Serve shanks and sauce on-top creamy potato or kumara mash with a generous side of seasonal greens.

Garnish the lamb shanks with fresh parsley.