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Slow Cooker Greek Lamb Shanks are fall off the bone tender and rubbed in the best greek spices. Potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, and kalamata olives all cook to perfection in the slow cooker and make such a delicious meal in one! 

Slow Cooker Greek Lamb Shanks on a white platter.

Easter is right around the corner and let me ask,  lamb or ham? We have always been a ham sort of family on Easter but I am all about trying new things. This year we are having lamb! Whether you are having ham or lamb on Easter, try a new seasoning to really amp up the flavor of your dish. McCormick’s bold spices were used to create this amazing greek spice rub for the lamb, and the flavor is out of this world!

Making a tasty and nutritious meal does not have to be complicated especially when you use your slow cooker! Your lamb will be the star in the slow cooker infused with greek seasoning. It will slow cooker to tender perfection and have the best savory flavor.

What spices are used in Greek seasoning?

Herbs such as rosemary, oregano, basil, onion powder, salt, and pepper all make their debut in this greek spice rub. After you sear the lamb shank you will rub it in the spice rub and then allow it to cook to perfection.

McCormick seasonings on a white table and a small dish of mixed seasonings.

How do you cook lamb in a slow cooker?

Start by putting your potatoes, kalamata olives, and sun-dried tomatoes in the bottom. Pan sear the lamb shanks until brown and add to the slow cooker. Rub the greek spices on the lamb shanks and add to the top of the slow cooker. Add chicken broth and lemon juice.

How long do you cook a lamb in the slow cooker?

Turn your slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours. Or you can turn it on high for 1 hour and cook it for about 6 hours.

Slow Cooker Greek Lamb Shanks in a slow cooker.

Your family is going to go crazy for this fall of the bone tender lamb meat. It has such incredible flavor and seasonings. It is so nice to let the slow cooker do all of the work and free up the oven for rolls or other side dishes you will be creating for your feast. It makes the perfect meal with the potatoes, sun dried tomatoes, and kalamata olives. This greek flavored inspired meal is perfect for your holiday feast!

For more recipe inspirations like this  Rack of Lamb with Quinoa-Hazelnut Crust and Mint Pesto, Electric Pressure Cooker Lamb, or this Slow Cooker Ham, Spiced Orange Glazed Ham,  visit McCormick

Slow Cooker Greek Lamb Shanks on a white platter with McCormick seasonings.

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Slow Cooker Greek Lamb Shanks

4.75 from 4 votes
Slow Cooker Greek Lamb Shanks are fall off the bone tender and rubbed in the best greek spices. Potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, and kalamata olives all cook to perfection in the slow cooker and make such a delicious meal in one!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Servings: 4


Greek Spice Rub:

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons McCormick dried oregano
  • 1 tsp McCormick dried basil
  • 1 tsp McCormick dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick onion powder


  • Heat a large heavy skillet with the olive oil. Season the lamb shanks with salt and pepper. Brown the shanks on each side.
  • Add the potatoes, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and salt and pepper. Add chicken broth and lemon juice to the bottom of your slow cooker. Add the lamb on top and rub the greek spice rub on the lamb shanks.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or until tender.


Calories: 394kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 42gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 893mgPotassium: 987mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 135IUVitamin C: 30.8mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 4.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Close-up of Slow Cooker Greek Lamb Shanks on a white plate.

This post was sponsored by McCormick®. I love working with brands that I am passionate about and use in the kitchen for myself. All opinions expressed are my own.


About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this dish for Waitangi Day (the national day for New Zealand), since Kiwis pride themselves on a lot of their produce – in particular, the lamb. From a previous big grocery shop, there was a sheep’s worth of lamb cuts in the deep freezer. What I pulled out of it was a whole big leg, and I knew to find something that would be special. It was this recipe, which I have had saved up for longer than I care to mention.

    The meal turned out to be pretty tasty, and my baby nephew loved the meat. It was just tender enough, absorbed the flavour from both the olives and sundried tomatoes, plus there is plenty still left in the fridge. Paired with some lemon rice, you have a delicious meal that will impress a crowd. And it was one of the easiest, most straightforward recipes yet – the joys of knowing the ways around a kitchen.

  2. 5 stars
    We will be doing lamb shanks Oso Bucco for Christmas dinner. We started this tradition a few years ago to get away from the spiral sliced ham that had been served since I was a child. No regrets. We still do the ham New Years Day. It’s too good to give up entirely.

  3. This recipe fails to indicate if the potatoes, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and salt and pepper are to go in the pan or the slow cooker.

  4. 5 stars
    Kristina, you may want to substitute artichoke hearts for the sun-dried tomatoes, they’d go beautifully in this dish and would be true to the Greek roots.

  5. Hi Alyssa! I LOVE lamb. Is it possible to make this recipe without the sun-dried tomatoes? I have a weird dislike for them, but the rest of the recipe sounds phenomenal.