slow cooker lamb shanks with tomato and capers




Yield 6 serves

Capers and gremolata give these slow cooker lamb shanks a fresh lift. Best of all they're easy to make and terrifically tasty.


for the lamb shanks

6 lamb shanks

3 tbs plain flour

salt and pepper to season

olive oil for browning

1 onion

1 carrot

2 cloves garlic

500 ml chicken stock

1200 g tinned chopped tomatoes (3 x 400g tins)

150 g capers

for the gremolata

1/2 bunch parsley

zest of half a lemon

1 clove garlic

2 anchovies


Add the flour to a plastic bag, season with salt and pepper, then add the shanks one at a time, shaking to coat the shank in flour.

Heat some olive oil in a large fry pan and brown the shanks on each side. Don't rush this step - browning the lamb shanks adds lots of flavour to the dish. Once browned, add the shanks to a 6L crockpot.

Dice the carrot and the onion. Mince the garlic. Add the carrot, onion, garlic, chicken stock and tomatoes to the shanks in the crockpot and cook on high for three hours.

After three hours, stir the shanks, add the drained capers and cook on low for a further hour.

Taste, season and serve on cheesy polenta topped with fresh gremolata.

for the gremolata

Combine parsley, lemon zest, garlic and anchovies in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped. Sprinkle on top of lamb shanks before serving.

Courses Dinner

Cuisine Italian

Recipe by Cooker and a Looker - Australian Home Cooking at