Try this lamb shank tagine, then check out our classic lamb tagine and vegetarian tagine. Also try more lamb recipes such as our braised lamb shanks, lamb shank rogan josh and lamb shank shepherd's pie.


  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 2 onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • a pinch saffron
  •  ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 dates, halved
  • 400g tinned cherry tomatoes
  • chicken stock
  • to serve couscous
  • to serve almonds, toasted and chopped
  • to serve pistachios
  • to serve parsley


  • STEP 1

    Brown the lamb shanks all over in a little oil. Put in a large casserole with the onions, garlic, saffron, ground ginger, cumin and cinnamon.

  • STEP 2

    Add the dates, cherry tomatoes and enough chicken stock to barely cover. Cover and simmer for 2-2½ hours until meat is tender. Cool, then freeze. To use, defrost completely overnight, then heat gently until piping hot.

  • STEP 3

    Serve with couscous mixed with the almonds, pistachios and parsley.


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Janine RatcliffeFood director

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