True love. Eternal happiness. Life satisfaction. Melt-in-your-mouth leg of lamb, neck, shanks and shoulders. Some things are worth waiting for. Learn how to cook lamb in a slow cooker – courtesy of our handy guide – and get set to savour the flavour of meals that are effortless to prep and euphoric to eat. Perfect for darker autumnal evenings, as the cold begins to creep in! Simply stick on the slow cooker, find a sofa and prepare to slip into a self-induced comfort food coma.
Tips for Slow Cooking Lamb
Some lamb cuts are fattier than others, but this doesn’t mean you should trim it all away. Fat contains a lot of flavour and makes the meat tender! Plus, the excess fat will conveniently rise to the surface of the cooking liquid, which can be easily removed.
Be sure to also brown your lamb before slow cooking. This will caramelise the juices, which will in turn improve the colour and flavour of the meat. Lamb also cooks faster than most other meats, so keep an eye on it! For the best results, cook on a lower heat, for a longer time.
Slow cooker recipes are also perfect for batch cooking and freezing for you to enjoy later in the week. Meaning you can create uber-delicious midweek meals with zero fuss, minimal prep and no need to hang over the hob for hours.
How to Cook Lamb Shanks in a Slow Cooker
Lamb shanks are a lean, tender and flavourful meat that are ideal when braised and served in curries, stews and roasts. A slow cooker is the perfect cooking vehicle for fall-off-the-bone lamb recipes, like our Slow Cooked Moroccan Lamb Shanks.
Inspired by the great tastes of North Africa, the actual do-something part of these lamb shanks takes just ten minutes! Simply heat olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the lamb shanks for 5 minutes, turning occasionally until brown. Transfer to a large slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients and 700ml hot lamb stock, cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
How to Cook Neck of Lamb in a Slow Cooker
Lamb neck is a fabulously underrated and inexpensive cut of meat, which although ideal for all methods of cooking, is best when braised low and slow – producing beautifully tender meat, which simply melts in the mouth.
Our lip-searing Lamb and Chorizo Casserole is packed full of big, bold flavours, which are perfect for cosy evenings on the sofa. Simply fry the chorizo and brown the lamb for 3-4 minutes. Blend croutons in a food processor with the garlic, wine, vinegar, oregano, paprika, cumin and seasoning. Transfer everything to a slow cooker and leave to simmer on a low heat for 4-6 hours.
How to Slow Cook Lamb Shoulder
Perfect in stews or casseroles, lamb shoulder is meltingly tender and full of flavour. For the best results, trim the fat slightly before braising, cover and slow cook for many hours – or until the meat is literally falling off the bone.
Another slow-cooked staple of North Africa, tagine takes its name from the style of clay pot it’s traditionally cooked in. Luckily for you, you don’t need to have an authentic tagine to make our Lamb Tagine with Prunes and Almonds – just a slow cooker, a few ingredients and the desire to cook something delicious! Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
How to Slow Cook Leg of Lamb
The leg gives leaner, neater cuts of meat – but is still meltingly tender, bursting with flavour and requires surprisingly little work for such spectacular results. Case in point: our fakeaway Lamb and Spinach Curry.
Simply brown your diced lamb leg and set aside. Fry the onion, garlic, ginger and spices. Add the meat, lamb stock and bay leaf – to make it look like you know what you’re doing – then cover, reduce and simmer for 4 hours. Shortly before serving, add the spinach, yogurt and adjust the seasoning according to taste. Perfect for bringing some heat to colder autumn evenings!
So there you have it, folks. Our handy guide on How to Cook Lamb in a Slow Cooker. Now you know how to slow cook like a pro, all you need are the perfect recipes. Like these easy, tasty and affordable lamb recipes from around the world, which have been created by people like you, for people like you to cook at home - what are you waiting for?