Moroccan lamb shanks

Shank you very much!

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 4 hrs cooking
  • Serves 4
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Lamb shanks are one of the most irresistible meats when cooked well, and are best enjoyed falling off the bone and swimming in sauce. Here we have them in a fragrant Moroccan spices, dried currants and crumbled fetta.
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Moroccan lamb shanks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 (800g) french-trimmed lamb shanks
  • 1 small brown onion (80g), finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ras el hanout
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • pinch saffron threads
  • 400 gram canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup (375ml) vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoon dried currants
  • 180 gram persian feta, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoon preserved lemon rind, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon roasted slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves


Moroccan lamb shanks
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F.
  • 2
    Heat oil in a large flameproof baking dish, cook lamb until browned all over. Remove from dish.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, add onion to dish, cook, stirring until softened. Add spices, cook, stirring until fragrant. Return lamb to dish with tomatoes, stock and currants and bring to the boil. Cover dish, cook, in oven, 2½ hours or until lamb is almost falling off the bone. Season to taste.
  • 4
    Skim and discard excess fat from surface of sauce. Divide lamb and sauce among plates. Sprinkle with feta, preserved lemon rind, nuts and coriander.


Persian feta is a soft, creamy cheese marinated in a blend of olive oil, garlic, herbs and spices. It is available from most delicatessens and major supermarkets. This recipe can be made a day ahead to the end of step 3.

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