Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks In Onion Gravy


January 12, 2015

Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks In Onion Gravy 5 0 5 14
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs 30 mins
  • 5 mins

    4 hrs 30 mins

    4 hrs 35 mins

  • Yields: 2


2 x lamb shanks

1 x onion

1/2 cup gravy powder (I use Maggi Rich Gravy Mix)

1.5 cups water

salt and pepper to taste

1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary


11. Spray slow cooker base with cooking spray. Slice onion in half, one half slice in half rings, the other half dice.

22. Place the sliced half rings on base of slow cooker, then place lamb shanks on top of the onions.

33. In small saucepan, saut the diced onions (and yes I do believe it adds a depth of flavour to the dish to do this step, but of course it is optional). Pour these sauted onions on top of the lamb shanks.

44. In same small saucepan blend together the gravy powder and the water and season with salt and pepper if desired then pour this over the lamb shanks. No need to heat or cook this gravy, just blend it - just use the same saucepan to save dishes :)

55. Place your rosemary into the slow cooker.

66. Cook on HIGH 4-5 HRS or LOW 6-8 HRS.

77. Serve on a bed of mashed garlic potatoes.


9Note: If you want to you can add 2 TBS of French onion soup mix to this but I prefer it simple.

Submitted by Karen Barwick


29 Reviews

If it’s the meat you want to double you could probably getting away with leaving the rest as is and still have plenty of gravy I suspect πŸ™‚


June 29, 2022

If you would like to double the ingredients can you?

Linda Robinson

June 14, 2022

Fantastic recipe. Almost too easy to prep and walk away for the end result. Meat was so tender and the gravy perfect. I added half a packet of salt reduced french onion soup (personal preference) but will try without it next time. Hubby has already asked for these again. Thankyou for a great fuss free, tasty recipe.

Tracey Daly-Muir

February 12, 2022

BEST ever recipe thamk you very much . I added carrots and yellow peppers . thank you very much

Cheryl Campbell

February 28, 2021

Instead of lamb shanks I’m going to use 2.5 kilo boneless leg lamb I hope it works out

Andrea Crocombe

February 27, 2021

Reviewed in 2019, but it’s still delish! Served with rice, steamed carrots and baby spinach. So easy and enough leftover gravy to slow cook some meatballs or make a savoury mince! There’s only the two of us so this recipe is great.

The shanks release a lot of their own liquid Brooke so I wouldn’t think you’d need to double it πŸ™‚


January 28, 2021

Hi would you double the recipe if cooking 4 shanks or is there enough liquid

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

September 27, 2020

Tips here for you Nicole >> Removing fat/oil

nicole otago

September 25, 2020

Did you find there was a little fat in the gravy

We have dozens WITHOUT tomato or red wine Deborah hahaha

Deborah McGann

June 10, 2020

Finally a lamb shank slow cooker recipie WITHOUT tomato and red wine in the sauce – easy to make

Natalie Dodds

April 27, 2020

This is so delicious! I added fresh diced garlic as garlic is my thing and I put it in everything! I also used the Maggi deglaze gravy and it was heaven on mashed potatoes. Will definitely make again and might also try it with a boneless lamb roast.

Colleen Bishop

April 26, 2020

Amazing recipe, would definitely recommend as it’s so easy and delicious

I would use your regular gravy powder of preference to make the 1.5 cups volume

Laura Hill

February 4, 2020

Hello . I’m wanting to make this but can’t get the maggi gravy in the supermarket in the uk. Only available on line Can you suggest an alternative please & how much & how to make it up ?
Many thanks Laura

Andrea Crocombe

October 9, 2019

Too easy and soooo delicious! Lots of lovely gravy – I’ve saved the leftovers! πŸ˜‹

Jo Lowery

June 23, 2019

We tried this tonight for the first time and it was really nice, it got the tick βœ… of approval
Next time I will add some mushrooms but it was so good

Peter Cleary

August 12, 2018

This recipe is fantastic and tasted so nice.

Annie Herbert

June 28, 2018

This was absolutely delicious, shanks we’re so tender. I used Gravox Lamb & Rosemary powder and did add extra salt & pepper to the gravy

Sharna Autenzio

June 15, 2018

This was my first slow cooker meal and it was delicious. Even my chef hubby liked it πŸ™‚


April 17, 2018

This was a crowd pleaser in my family. This dish finally pushed my husband into believing in a slow cooked meal. Thanks again ladies for giving me yet another yummy recipe πŸ˜πŸ€©πŸ‘Œ


August 11, 2017

hi kerrie
i buy that gravy by the 1kg tub its so nice its easily purchased online and in store .


April 5, 2017

It was obsolutely delicious. I did my own tweets to it. I didn’t have the rosemary substituted it with homemade gravy as far as used 3 tablespoons of flour , pepper and salt to taste beef bouilion packet.
I added 1 green peppers sliced, carrots closed thin, and fres garlic. It turned out to be very tasty and delicious. I will definitely go this once a month to add verity to my dinners. What a wonderful choice to add to your recipes!!


March 3, 2017

This is the lamb shanks recipe I’ve been looking for! Really tender lamb and a tasty rich gravy. Once the lamb was cooked, I moved the gravy to the hob to thicken and added cornflour. I’ll definitely be making this again.

Shameem M

September 19, 2016

Wow, this was absolutely fabulous!

I added some garlic to the onions when I fried them with a stock pot and I mixed a packet of brown onion soup to the water and added that to the cooker. Did not add extra salt.

This is so on my favourites list!!!


August 19, 2016

Love this Recipe! I made it for 4 people and used 2 cups of water, 3/4 cup of Red Wine and 1/4 cup of port. Amazing!!! This will be a favourite for years. Thank you

Serena McKerrow

June 22, 2016

Love love love this recipe! I use a little less gravy powder however maybe 1/3 of a cup (gravox traditional) as it was slightly too rich the first time. As I have made it a few times I havent always had the fresh rosemary available so I have made it both without and with dried rosemary and its equally delish! Thanks for the recipe!

Kerrie martin

May 29, 2016

Hello I’m concerned about how much gravy powder to put in, I can only buy 27 gram sachets of Maggie roast meat gravy, which I love πŸ™‚ but 1/2 cup seems a lot. So could you tell me how many sachets I should use. Keeping in mind 1 sachet is 27 grams. Hope you can help. Regards Kerrie Martin

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