Slow Cooked Spiced Lamb Shanks with Dates

Lamb Shanks cooked with dates by you.

This was a definite result a sticky brown sauce  from dates and caramalised onions  and the meat from the shanks falls off the bone . Lovely with mashed potatoes or some fluffy cous cous.

Slow Cooked Spiced Lamb Shanks with Dates

2 Lamb Shanks
2 handfuls of dates cut into quarters
1 pint of water
2 medium onions finely sliced
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
2 tbsp of ras al hanout
1 star anise
2 tbsp of olive oil

  1. Rub the ras al hanout over the lamb shanks
  2. Heat the olive oil in a cast iron dish
  3. Brown the lamb on all sides,  add the onions and garlic
  4. Pour over the water and bring to a gentle simmer
  5. Cover and place in a medium oven 180degC for two hours.
  6. If possible leave overnight in the oven and reheat for at least 20 minutes at 180degC
  7. If it is not possible to leave overnight allow to rest for at least 30 minutes before serving


  1. I’ve got a couple of lamb shanks in the freezer – maybe they’ll get an outing this weekend.

    Also, that’s a lovely photo – have you pushed it to Tastespotting, Foodgawker et al?

  2. i’m with you on the good things about this time of the year! I only wish i had more friends who were into lamb and roasts………………….right now i’m having to make small amounts of things to cook since i’m the only one who will eat it. what’s wrong with my peeps???? ;D

  3. Was just right for my husband and I. I added a quartered lemon.some chopped dried apricots and made a Moroccan cous cous salad with chickpeas was yum😃

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