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May 2024

Slow Cooker Braised Lamb Shanks with Rosemary and Garlic

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Tender, fall-off-the-bone lamb shanks, slow-cooked to perfection with aromatic rosemary and garlic, creating a cozy, comforting meal that’s sure to impress.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 6-8 Hours  |  Serves: 2 people


  • 2 lamb shanks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 cups beef or lamb broth
  • 1 cup red wine (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Lamb Shanks:
    • Pat the lamb shanks dry with paper towels and season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Sear the Lamb Shanks:
    • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
    • Once hot, add the lamb shanks and sear them on all sides until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.
  3. Prepare the Slow Cooker:
    • Place the minced garlic, diced onion, carrots, and celery into the slow cooker.
  4. Braise the Lamb Shanks in the Slow Cooker:
    • Nestle the seared lamb shanks on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker.
    • Add rosemary sprigs, beef or lamb broth, and red wine (if using) into the slow cooker, ensuring that the liquid covers about halfway up the sides of the lamb shanks.
  5. Slow Cook:
    • Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours, or on high heat for 3-4 hours, until the lamb is tender and falling off the bone.
  6. Serve:
    • Carefully remove the lamb shanks from the slow cooker and transfer them to a serving platter.
    • Optionally, strain the braising liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan and simmer over medium heat to reduce and thicken the sauce.
    • Serve the lamb shanks with the reduced braising liquid spooned over the top, alongside your favorite side dishes like mashed potatoes, creamy polenta, or roasted vegetables.
  7. Enjoy!
    • Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and serve hot. Dive into the tender, flavorful lamb with the rich aroma of rosemary and garlic, all cooked to perfection in your slow cooker!