Moroccan-Style Slow Cooked Lamb

Moroccan lamb shoulder

Since I have been buying a lot of lamb in bulk recently, I’ve been experimenting with different flavours to mix things up. I couldn’t find a recipe online for Moroccan lamb in the slow cooker without a tomato sauce, soย I played around with some Moroccan seasonings until I found a combination that I liked.

I have made this recipe with both lamb chops and a lamb shoulder and it was delicious both times. The flavour is stronger in the chops because more surface area is exposed to the marinade. Just like when you roast a chicken in the slow cooker, you don’t have to add any liquid and it will just cook in its own juices.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of different spices in this recipe. If you’re missing one or two it won’t make a huge amount of difference to the final product.

Ingredients (serves 3-4):

1 lamb shoulder or 4 lamb chops (shoulder or loin)

3 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp chilli flakes

1 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp sumac or grated lemon zest


Combined all ingredients except the lamb in a large bowl. Rub all over the lamb and leave to marinate for at least an hour, preferably overnight. In a pinch you can throw it all in without marinating, and it will still be tasty (ask me how I know!).

Place in the slow cooker and cook on low for around 8 hours or high for around four hours. The lamb should be tender, if it’s not, cook it a little longer.

Lamb chops with roast veggies

Enjoy with quinoa, rice pilaf, roast veggies or salad.

This post was featured inย 125+ Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipes.

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  1. I love your spice mixes, so I’ll keep this on file for next time I need to ‘jazz up’ some meat!

  2. Why didn’t you want tomatoes in it?

  3. I will have to try cumin and cinnamon together because I like both and it sounds interesting!

  4. I’ve tried a couple of Moroccan recipes that were too complicated and didn’t work out very nicely. I’m really looking forward to trying this. We always have all those spices on hand, too, which makes it a quick “go to” meal! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Can I say that this recipe has nothing moroccan in it


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