Lisa Faulkner's Moroccan lamb shanks recipe

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This delicious lamb dish is quick and easy to prepare and contains aromatic spices for the perfect comfort food throughout the winter months

Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time2 hours 30 mins
Total Time2 hours 50 mins

This delicious lamb dish is quick and easy to prepare and contains aromatic spices for the perfect comfort food throughout the winter months

Learn how to cook the perfect lamb shanks with our easy guide!


  • 4 large lamb shanks
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • ½tsp ground cumin
  • ½tsp all spice
  • ½tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 large red onion – finely diced
  • 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • Salt - season to taste
  • 2tbsp of chopped flat leaf parsley




  1. Preheat oven to 150ºC, gas mark 3
  2. Trim any excess fat off the lamb shanks
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large oven proof casserole pan and brown the lamb shanks.
  4. Take out and add the spices and onion to the same oil and fry for 3-4 mins.
  5. Put the lamb shanks back in the pan and add the tinned tomatoes, stock and enough water to cover.
  6. Season to taste
  7. Bring to the boil, cover and put in the oven for 2½ hours.
  8. Take the lamb shanks out of the pan and cover with foil to keep hot.
  9. Put the casserole pan on the hob and lightly boil the liquid until reduces slightly.
  10. Add back the lamb shanks to reheat.
  11. Add the chopped flat leaf parsley and serve.
Top Tip for making Lisa Faulkner's Moroccan lamb shanks

Serve with herby mashed potatoes for a hearty meal

Lisa Faulkner is the actress turned celebrity chef who won series five of the popular BBC TV show, Celebrity Masterchef. Since winning the show in 2010, she has released five cookbooks full of homely recipes that have quickly become family favorites. Born in London, she started modelling at 15 and spent time in Paris before moving on to acting at 16 years old. Lisa went on to star in some of the most well loved soaps and TV dramas including Holby City, Spooks and EastEnders. Lisa has a daughter, 13-year old Billie who she adopted with her first husband Chris Coghill. Speaking openly about her daughter, Lisa has said adopting Billie was the best day of her life, “I’ll remember that day for the rest of my life. It’s the greatest privilege to be a mother and the greatest challenge of my life and one for which I’m so grateful. Seeing my daughter develop and learn is a miracle to me.” She split from Coghill in 2011 and married Masterchef Judge, John Torode in 2019 after seven years of dating. Many of Lisa’s recipes are inspired by her mother’s own cooking - “The wonderful aromas, the knife on the chopping board and her wedding ring tinkling against her glass rolling pin as she shaped pastry. Everything that she made was delicious, and to me she was just magic.” With this in mind, she curates wholesome flavours and family favourites like fish and chips (opens in new tab), leg of lamb (opens in new tab) and delicious blueberry muffins (opens in new tab) within her collections. This taste for family cooking she brings online to her social media (opens in new tab) channels, where she shares her secret to some of the most well-loved recipes out there and offers an insight into her life with husband John. If you’re looking for tasty and nourishing recipes for your family, we’re sure to have the Lisa Faulkner recipes you’ll need to be inspired in the kitchen.