Slow Cooker Lamb Shoulder with Lentils, Garlic & Rosemary

Slow Cooker Lamb Shoulder Recipe - SavvyMom

This slow cooker lamb shoulder recipe is perfect for the tougher shoulder meat. Lamb shanks are cut from the shoulder and braising the pieces in advance will sear the outside then you’ll slow cook them to perfection.

This slow cooker lamb shoulder dish can also be roasted in the oven instead of using your slow cooker. But if you’re looking to up your slow cooker game, this is a wonderful meal to try something new.

Guests will love this warm and hearty dish.

You’ll Need

  • Olive or canola oil, for cooking (optional)
  • 4 lamb shanks (about 4 lb/1.8 kg total)
  • ¾ cup (185 mL) dry green or brown lentils
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic bulb, cloves separated and peeled
  • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup (250 mL) red wine
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chicken, beef, or vegetable stock

Prep and Cook

  • In a large, heavy skillet, heat a drizzle of oil over high heat and brown the lamb shanks a couple at a time, turning to brown them on all sides. (Don’t worry about cooking them through.)
    Put the lentils and carrot in the bottom of a slow cooker or large ovenproof pot and put the browned shanks on top. Scatter with the garlic, rosemary, and a sprinkling of salt.
    Pour the wine and stock over top. (If preferred, omit the wine and double the stock).
  • Cover and cook in your slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours, or bake in a 325°F oven for 3 to 3½ hours, until the lamb is very tender.
    Serve the shanks alongside the lentils, with roasted, boiled, or mashed potatoes.



  1. Marnie on October 31, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Just wanted to know, If I add the wine which is optional, should I also add the Chicken broth? If I don”t add the wine, do I use 2 cups pf chicken stock?

    • Michelle Reddick on November 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Marnie, great question! You should use 2 cups of liquid in total, whether broth or a mix of wine and broth.

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