Recipe: Balsamic & Tomato Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

Prep 20 minutes. Cooking time 8 hours. Serves 4

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. Make this beautiful dish to impress on date night, or dinner party. The simple flavours marry together to give a rich and flavoursome sauce that will leave everyone wanting more.


4 lamb shanks

1/4 cup white flour

4 tbsp olive oil

2 onions thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves crushed

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 x 400g chopped tomatoes

3 carrots peeled and sliced

A pinch of salt

A pinch of black pepper


To Serve

a very small handful of flat-leaf parsley chopped

mashed potato

seasonal greens

Method – Lamb

To Serve

1 Once cooked you may need to thicken the sauce further.

2 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.

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

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

5 Garnish the lamb shanks with fresh parsley.


Serve immediately.


This recipe by Beef + Lamb New Zealand was first published on and is republished with permission.