How to cook lamb in a crock pot or slow cooker until fork tender

Crock Pot or Slow Cooker Lamb Recipe

Slow cooking lamb in a slow cooker or crock pot is the best thing you can do to red meat especially if you can just add everything to the pot and cook. This slow cooker lamb will give tender, juicy, fork-tender meat in just 4 hours with a rich creamy sauce that works a treat over steamed rice or crusty bread.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, Crock-Pot, Lamb, slow cooker recipes, slow-cooked, slow-cooker, stew
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 477kcal
Author: Veena Azmanov
Cost: $15


  • 1 kg Lamb cut into cubes
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove sliced
  • 10 garlic cloves whole skin-on
  • 250 ml Stock veg, beef
  • 2 tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Mustard paste
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Hot paprika smoked
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 2 sprig Rosemary fresh
  • 2 sprig Thyme fresh
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper


  • Ideally, you can add all ingredients in the slow cooker except the cornstarch and give it a good mix.
  • But to ensure everything is well combined and cooks evenly I like to layer things
  • Start by adding the oil, onions, and garlic (slices and whole)
  • Followed by the lamb, salt and pepper
  • In a bowl or measuring cup combine the stock, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, brown sugar, paprika – stir well then pour over the lamb
  • Add the bay leaves, rosemary, and thyme
  • Make sure everything is immersed inside the liquid.
  • Cover the slow cooker with its lid.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours or until the meat is fork-tender
  • After the cooking time – combine the cornstarch with a little water to create a slurry – add it to the slow cooker – stir well.
  • Continue to cook on low for half-hour or high for 15 minutes.
  • Discard the leaves before servings.
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 741mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 702IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg