Pomegranate and slow cooked lamb couscous

Pomegranate and slow cooked lamb couscous

  • serves 6
  • A little effort

This recipe for slow-cooked lamb creates a delicious, melt-in-the-mouth supper. Perfect for feeding the family on a weekend, they'll love the fresh flavour of pomegranate with harissa-spiced couscous.



  • lamb or shoulder 1, about 2kg
  • onion 1 peeled, halved and finely sliced
  • pomegranate or molasses 1 tbsp plus more to serve
  • couscous 300g
  • butter
  • harissa 1 tsp
  • mint 1 small bunch, leaves roughly chopped
  • pomegranate 1, seeds picked out or 1 tub


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 190c/fan 170c/gas 5. Put the lamb in a roasting tin, fatty-side-up, with the onion scattered around. Score the lamb with a knife and rub in the molases. season well. Add 2 mugs of water, cover with foil and cook for 4 hours. Rest for 15 minutes. Pull the lamb off the bone in chunks using two forks.

  • Step 2

    While the lamb is resting, put the couscous, a large knob of butter, the harissa and seasoning in a bowl and add enough boiling water to just cover it. Cover and leave to absorb for 5 minutes, then fluff the grains gently with a fork. Put the couscous onto a platter, shred the lamb on top. Pour off any fat from the lamb pan and add some juices, plus a little more molasses to the couscous. Serve with the mint leaves and pomegranate.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 745
  • Fat 41.6g
  • Carbs 39.1g
  • Fibre 3.2g
  • Protein 50.6g
  • Salt 0.4g