Crock Pot Persian Lamb Stew

Total Time
5hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 hrs

Persian lamb stew sends wonderful flavors your way - not spicy - just a nice blend of flavors. A meal in one pot. Serve with a salad on the side and crusty rolls to scoop up the last of the sauce. I was very pressed for time today to make this recipe so I just put everything in the crock pot with out browning anything and it turned out heavenly - 1/2 hour on high then 4 hours on low. I used 4 shoulder steaks bone in. I did cut off any fat. Also I threw in a carrot. I love this recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season the lamb with about half of the salt & pepper.
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat& 2 tbs of oil brown the lamb and transfer the lamb, when browned, to a 3 1/2 quart crock pot.
  3. Sauté the onions in the last tbs of oil until they are translucent 3-5 minutes Add the garlic& oregano, cook& stir approx 1 minute.
  4. Add tomatoes and simmer, smashing the tomatoes as you stir.
  5. Pour approx half of the tomatoes over the lamb in the crock pot.
  6. Place potatoes in a layer on top of the tomatoes and season with salt & pepper.
  7. Add a layer of green beans, then the eggplant and zucchini.
  8. Season each layer lightly with salt & pepper to your taste.
  9. Pour remaining tomatoes on top.
  10. Add bay leaves.
  11. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until the lamb is tender.
  12. Remove bay leaves & serve.
Most Helpful

This was so tasty, not a meaty flavour but a wonderful blend of spices and vegetables. I used all of the ingredients with the exception of the bay leaves, and as I don't have a crockpot I put it in the oven on a med/high temp for about 1 1/2 hours. This will be a regular. Thanks for posting.

Angela Sara April 22, 2002

This is an INCREDIBLE lamb stew with a great mix of ingredients from the Persian tradition! The ingredient combinations are just right, and SO flavorful. *It should be noted, however, that in step #5 and #9, there is a misprint. The author of the recipe means for you to pour half the tomato/onion MIXTURE over the lamb in step #5, and the rest of the mixture in step #9 (not just the tomatoes, as it states.) But I whole-heartedly disagree with one of the reviewers...This is NOT "smelly", in fact it's wonderfully fragrant. And if this recipe seems a little too "vegetable-heavy", simply try adding an extra 1/2 lb of lamb. This is what we did, and it was a PERFECT balance! Enjoy! We sure did!!

NWGirl April 13, 2008

what spices are people talking about? oregano, salt and pepper (and bay leaves)? did i miss something?

iam.ddo April 23, 2015