Tender Slow-Cooker Leg Of Lamb Recipe

If you haven't yet discovered the joys of preparing food in a slow cooker, you might want to go purchase the handy appliance before reading any further. As recipe developer Ting Dalton of Cook Simply remarks, "If you want a completely hands off meal then this slow cooker lamb is perfect." A leg of lamb benefits from a low and slow cooking process, but leaving your oven or stovetop burner on all day isn't ideal. 

Here, the slow cooker takes care of all the work, leaving you with "a comforting rich meal, that can be prepared in minutes." Dalton raves that "it's also perfect if you're entertaining family and friends, as all the hard work can be done just before serving." There aren't so many delicious meat dishes that can be made with only 5 minutes of prep work, so it's worth taking note. If you're still hesitating to buy a slow cooker, scroll down to see the final result and we guarantee you'll quickly make up your mind. 

Get the ingredients for this slow-cooker leg of lamb

This easy recipe requires pretty basic ingredients. You'll need a white onion, two carrots, and three garlic cloves. Peel them all and cut the onion in half. Next, pick out half a leg of lamb weighing a bit over 2 pounds. You'll season the meat with salt and pepper to taste, as well as with a lamb broth cube, some fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs, and ½ cup of red wine.

Add the ingredients to the slow cooker

The magic of a slow cooker is that you simply toss everything into the vessel. Dalton points out, "even better, you don't even have to brown the meat off first." Throw in the carrots, halved onion, and place the lamb leg on top. Sprinkle it generously with salt and pepper, then add in the garlic cloves, rosemary, and thyme sprigs. Crumble the cube of lamb broth over the lamb. Next, pour the red wine into the pot and cover it with the lid. 

Cook the leg of lamb on a low setting for 8 hours, or until the meat becomes tender and begins to fall off the bone. 

Reduce the liquid and shred the meat

When the meat is ready, transfer the lamb to a plate. Strain the liquid into a saucepan and heat it on the stovetop. Give it several minutes while it reduces and thickens into a rich jus. Dalton notes, "If you would like more of a gravy, add some cornstarch slurry," which she indicates can be made by mixing "around 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water."

Depending on your preference, you can shred the meat fully using two forks.

Serve the lamb with classic sides

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the savory meat, whether it's simply as is, in a sandwich, or in a meat pie. Dalton recommends serving the shredded lamb with a traditional mashed potato recipe and the jus. "The result is tender, melt in your mouth lamb, and a rich red wine gravy sauce," she describes.

Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Tender Slow-Cooker Leg Of Lamb Recipe
5 from 22 ratings
Enjoy tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone lamb with this easy slow cooker recipe.
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shredded lamb meat on plate
Total time: 8 hours, 5 minutes
  • 1 white onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 carrots, peeled

  • 1 (2.3-pound) half leg of lamb
  • pinch of salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 lamb broth cube
  • ½ cup red wine
  1. Add the onion and carrots to the slow cooker, then place the lamb leg on top.
  2. Season the leg of lamb well with salt and pepper.
  3. Then throw in the garlic, rosemary, and thyme.
  4. Crumble the lamb broth cube over top and pour in the wine.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or until the meat is tender and falls off the bone.
  6. Carefully remove the lamb from the pot, then strain the remaining liquid.
  7. Heat the sauce in a pan on the stovetop for several minutes until it begins to thicken.
  8. Shred the meat with two forks for your desired consistency.
  9. Serve the lamb with mashed potatoes and the reduced sauce.
Calories per Serving 632
Total Fat 46.0 g
Saturated Fat 21.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 159.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 7.0 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Total Sugars 2.4 g
Sodium 176.1 mg
Protein 40.8 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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