Total Time
8hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 8 hrs

(Adapted from New Trim Lamb Shanks in Gabriel Gate's Guide to Everyday Cooking, Allen and Unwin, $35.) Recipe taken from The Age newspaper.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, mix half the oil with the tomato paste, cumin and chilli paste.
  2. Brush or rub the meat with this paste.
  3. On the stove top, heat the remaining oil in a large pan and brown the meat for a few minutes.
  4. Add the thyme, wine, stock, tomato and garlic, and season with a little salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer the mixture to your slow cooker.
  6. Allow to simmer for 8-10 hours on low, or 4-6 hours on high, until the mixture falls away from the bone.
  7. Do not lift the lid during cooking.
  8. Just before serving, stir in the chopped parsley and serve with mashed potato and a green salad.
  9. (Alternatively, sprinkle with home-made gremolata before serving.).
Most Helpful

Chris, this was a great find. It's so simple to prepare, then watches itself. I don't own a slow cooker, so I cooked this in the oven for 4 hours on 150c (fan forced) We rarely get frenced shanks, so I used normal ones, and I used the chilli paste for a nice bite.

JustJanS February 03, 2005

I did 4 shanks which only just fitted into my crock pot (3 on the bottom and 1 on the top) so I did need to open the lid to move them around a bit for even cooking which I did twice and after 9 hours on low they were falling of the bone so tender and flavoursome. The only thing was I did not have any fresh tomatoes so used a tin of whole peeled tomatoes (would do again but drain them as there was so much liquid in the end so I scooped some out into a pot and thickened with a cornflour slurry to make a lovely sauce to go over the shanks), thank you Chrissyo, made for Name that Ingredient tag game.

I'mPat October 28, 2013

Wow this was wonderfully tender and the sauce had a great flavour over mashed potatoes. Only change I made was to use a tin of roma tomatoes with most of the juice drained rather than fresh. I think the chili paste is worthwhile and it adds a very subtle flavour that wouldn't be too strong for anyone.

Peter J September 11, 2007