Moroccan Lamb Shanks
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Moroccan Lamb Shanks

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Lamb shanks are a beloved Kiwi classic, and it’s not hard to see why. 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. I’ve put a Moroccan twist on this recipe – the lovely hum of all those delicious aromatic spices will warm you up on even the chilliest of evenings.
<b>Prep:</b> 20 mins Prep: 20 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 4 hours  Cook: 4 hours
Serves 4-5 Serves 4-5
Excellent source of iron Excellent source of iron
Low Sodium Low Sodium
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  • 4 Quality Mark lamb shanks
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon each: ground coriander, turmeric and cumin
  • 1 teaspoon each white pepper and mixed spice
  • 2 cups Campbell’s Real Stock – Beef
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • ¾ cup unsweetened yoghurt
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped or grated
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup dried apricots


  • 1½ cups couscous
  • 1½ cups flaked almonds
  • ½ cup fresh coriander or parsley, roughly chopped



Preheat oven to 140°C conventional bake. 


Bring lamb out of the fridge an hour before cooking. Cut through the tendon that connects the meat to the bone at the bottom of the shank – this will allow the meat to bunch up nicely. Brush the shanks with oil and season.

Heat a little oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Sear the shanks, two at a time, to brown all over. Set aside in a large casserole dish with a lid.

Reduce the heat to medium, add a little more oil to the pan along with the onion and cook, stirring for 5 minutes to soften. Add the garlic, ginger, spices and pepper and cook for another 2 minutes. Continue stirring so the spices don’t stick and burn. Turn up the heat, add the stock and tomato paste, bring to a rapid simmer and scrape up any bits of caramelised meat stuck to the bottom. Add the tomatoes, yoghurt, carrot, lemon zest and stir. Pour over the shanks, cover and cook in the oven for 31/2 – 4 hours. Add the apricots with 1 hour to go.

Remove from the oven and gently remove the shanks from the sauce (careful as they will be very delicate) and set aside covered in foil. If the sauce needs thickening, transfer to a saucepan, add 1/4 cup water mixed with 2 teaspoons cornflour and simmer for 5-10 minutes until thickened.


Cook according to packet directions. Just before serving, stir through half the almonds and herbs.

To serve

Spoon some couscous on serving plates, top with a shank, ladle on sauce and sprinkle with remaining almonds and herbs – and a dash of extra yoghurt if you like.
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Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 530g
Energy kJ (kcal) 2040 (487)
Protein (g) 34.3
Fat (g) 18.6
Saturated (g)
Carbohydrate (g) 42.1
Sugars (g)
Sodium (mg) 537
Iron (mg) 5.6
Zinc (mg) 4.8
Vitamin B12 (ug) 2.2
Vitamin D (ug) Trace
Selenium (ug) 9.0

This hearty dish packs a punch, providing excellent sources of protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B12 - all essential for every member of the family.
  • Browning creates the great depth of flavour you get once lamb shanks are cooked.
  • This recipe can be made in the slow cooker for around 8 hours on low or 6 hours on high. If the sauce isn't thick enough at the end, simmer it rapidly in a saucepan to reduce it.
  • Add a pinch of chilli or cayenne pepper if you like a little heat. 
  • Beef and lamb are rich in iron, zinc and vitamin B12 helping your immune system fight off winter ails.

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Comments & Reviews

There are: 11 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5
We adjusted your recipe to be pressure cooked for 35 mins and I can tell you the dish was just sensational.
Posted by Kate 2018-08-16 10:45:55
Perfect winters meal....tasty and so easy!
Posted by Deb 2018-06-17 20:54:31
Yum, just finished this and scoffed it all up. great recipe
Posted by Andy c 2017-07-20 20:10:27
We used this recipe with lamb shoulder chops and was great. We had left over sauce which we added mince and made another great meal. THANKS
Posted by Sheryll 2017-04-25 19:51:16
The best I have had yet and I've prepared many!! Just outstanding flavours and deserves the rating it has.
Posted by Robin 2017-03-04 13:16:41
This was so delicious, everyone had second helpings. Definitely going into my 2017 special receipe folder!
next time I will add more veges because there is a good amount of fluid. so yummy!
Posted by Shona 2017-01-07 13:57:21
Hi, yes in the slow cooker you would need to reduce the stock. You generally need to reduce the amount by about half of the recipe. 1 hour of simmering on the cooktop of an oven equates to approximately 5-6 hours on low or 2-25 hours on high for a slow cooker. Enjoy :)
Posted by Beef + Lamb New Zealand 2016-10-18 14:09:56
Hi there, if you do this in the slow cooker would you need to decrease the amount of stock as the liquid can't evaporate or is it fine to leave the recipe as is? Also how long and on what setting would be best for the slow cooker?

Thanks heaps :)
Posted by Anon 2016-10-18 14:09:06
Great recipe. Easy. tasty, spicy but not hot for those who are nervous about chili
Posted by Trevor Walton 2016-09-06 15:52:28
I didn't have 4 hours to cook so I cooked the lamb for about 45 minutes at 200 degrees then added the sauce and sprinkled over sliced dried apricots and then cooked it for another 2 hours at 160 degrees and it turned the meat once after an hour and it was the best alcohol free recipe I have used
Posted by Judah 2015-11-15 19:11:13
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