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Greek Lamb Shank

Greek Lamb Shanks

Slow cooker lamb hind shanks with Greek inspired flavors. Family food or easy entertaining this Winter.
Course Main
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Kyrstie Barcak - A Fresh Legacy


  • drizzle of cooking oil of choice
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 lamb shanks hind
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates
  • 1 piece preserved lemon finely diced
  • 3 grinds pepper
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme leaves

To Serve

  • Freekeh cooked according to instructions
  • Feta cheese
  • fresh thyme leaves
  • Vegetables of choice


  1. Add the oil to the pan (or base of your slow cooker if you can remove it and use it on a hot plate)
  2. Add the garlic, cumin and oregano to the pan to heat for a minute
  3. Add the shanks and turn every 4 minutes to brown on each side
  4. Add the red wine vinegar and allow to reduce by half - this will happen in tens of seconds
  5. Add the dates, lemon, pepper, stock and fresh thyme leaves and place the ingredients back into the base of the slow cooker
  6. Set to cook on high for 5 - 6 hours
  7. Serve on a bed of freekeh, crumbled feta, fresh thyme leaves and vegetables of choice

Recipe Notes

The instructions for this recipe are based on using a slow cooker that has a removable pan that can also be used on the stove top. If your machine does not have this feature you will need to complete steps 1 - 6 in a pan on the stove top and then transfer the food to the slow cooker.
The recipe is based on serving 2 adults and 2 young children.