Chocolate Lamb Shanks

Meat with bones in a brown stew in white casserole dish, green herbs and red food scattered over. Slices of bread on wooden board, pots of salt pepper in the back.
With the colder months upon us, it's time to get your slow-cooker or pressure cooker out and give this chocolate lamb shanks recipe a try. Quick to assemble, you can put it on in the morning and come home to a hearty meal with melt in your mouth meat. Serve with crusty bread or a creamy mash to soak up the rich sauce.

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 4


Serve with

  • Crusty white bread


  • Add oil to a large deep frying pan over high heat. Sear the lamb shanks until browned, in batches, then set aside. Turn the heat down to medium, add extra oil if needed, then add onion and garlic to the pan. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring often.
  • Place the lamb shanks in a pressure cooker bowl with bone sticking upward. Add the rest of the ingredients, so the lamb meat is covered. Cook for 45 minutes. The shanks will cook beautifully - meat easily pulls off the bone. If you are using a conventional slow cooker, cook on High for 4 hours or on Low for 8 hours.
  • Remove cinnamon quill then season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with crusty white bread or your favourite sides.


We love a good creamy mash or smashed root vegetables on the side.
The chocolate is subtle in this recipe so feel free to increase the amount of chocolate you put in or remove it completely if you prefer.
Keyword gluten free
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