Slow Cooked Maple Syrup Lamb Shanks Thermomix

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Maple syrup lamb shanks are one of my favourite winter dishes. There is nothing like the rich flavour of lamb with a side serve of silky mash potato to warm the belly during winter.

Lamb Shanks Thermomix Style
Lamb Shanks Thermomix Style

I have been making this dish for so long! It’s always been a family favourite.  The smell of the dish cooking and warming the house makes me happy. Initially, I used to make the recipe in the slow cooker but I’ve found that cooking it in the Thermomix Varoma is quicker and gives all the same slow cooked, melt in the mouth magic as more traditional cooking methods.

When you get the shanks out of the Varoma you may be concerned that they don’t have that gorgeous glazed look.  Don’t worry, once the sauce goes over the top you would never guess they weren’t oven-cooked.

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Lamb Shanks Thermomix
Lamb Shanks Thermomix
5 from 7 votes
Thermomix Slow Cooked Lamb Shank
Thermomix Slow Cooked Maple Syrup Lamb Shanks
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 5 mins

These classic slow cooked lamb shanks are a perfect winter warming recipe.  

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Lamb, lamb shanks, Main Meal, Slow Cooked, Thermomix, Winter food, Winter Meals
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 284 kcal
Author: Julie Carlyle
  • 1400 gm lamb shanks 4-5 shanks
  • 220 gm onion quartered
  • 10 gm garlic
  • 250 gm beef stock campbells real stock
  • 250 gm red wine
  • 130 gm maple syrup
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 shallot sliced finely to garnish
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 600 gm water added to replenish cooking liquid
  1. Place the onion & garlic in TM bowl. Chop 5sec/Speed 9.

  2. Scrape down the bowl.

  3. Add stock, red wine, maple syrup, salt and star anise to the onion. 

  4. Place the lid on the TM bowl(MC OUT) and stack the deep Varoma dish on top of the lid.

  5. Arrange the lamb shanks in the Varoma dish and cover with the lid.

  6. Cook 60 min/Varoma/Speed 2.

  7. Add 600gm water to the TM bowl. Repeat the cooking. 90 min/Varoma/Speed 2.

  8. Remove the lamb from the TM and place into a serving dish.

  9. Blend the sauce 1min – Start at speed 5 then gradually increase to speed 9.

  10. Pour the sauce over the lamb shanks and serve with vegetables.

Recipe Notes


Lamb shanks can be pan-fried quickly prior to adding to the Varoma if you would like the outside meat to have a darker appearance. This is purely aesthetics and won’t impact the flavour. 

Nutrition Facts
Thermomix Slow Cooked Maple Syrup Lamb Shanks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 284 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 319mg13%
Potassium 587mg17%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

During winter I always enjoy warming, cosy comfort foods. These are usually covered in a silky mashed potato and a rich gravy.  Another favourite winter recipe is Swedish meatballs. The rich gravy has such a lovely homely flavour, so they also tick my comfort food box.

My favourite comfort foods tend to be quite meaty? I also love a Guinness Pie or a melt in the mouth piece of Corn Beef which has been cooked in the Varoma and served with a mustard sauce.

Even the smell of these comfort foods cooking is warming and nourishing on a cold day. I usually serve the lamb shanks with mashed potato and green beans but today I feel like changing things up, and I’ve decided to prepare a homemade coleslaw.

Thermomix Maple Syrup Lamb Shank
Thermomix Maple Syrup Lamb Shank

So what are your favourite winter warming recipes? Do you have any vegetarian comfort foods to share?

Thermomix Slow Cooked Lamb Shank
Thermomix Slow Cooked Lamb Shank

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Happy Cooking

j xx

10 thoughts on “Slow Cooked Maple Syrup Lamb Shanks Thermomix”

  1. Kath Bateman says:

    5 stars
    These were amazing! My husband hasn’t stopped raving about them and has requested them for his birthday dinner in a couple of weeks. I always used to do lamb shanks in the slow cooker, but there is no way I could get them like this in two hours. I was able to fit six lamb shanks in the varoma. Awesome. Thank you.

    1. I am so pleased you enjoyed the shanks! I will have to come up with some new lamb shank recipes for winter. Thanks so much for coming back and saying hi 🙂

  2. Kerry Whiteside says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. Wow.. amazing.
    It took 3 hours to cook to falling of the bone, but the gravy was superb.

  3. Vanessa Nevjestic says:

    5 stars
    Well, I just tried this – easy and by far the best recipe of lamb shanks I ever did! The maple sirup sauce is to die for – my husband wiped his plate in 1 minute ?

    1. That is somfabulous to hear Vanessa! I’m so pleased you liked it 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. CHERIE says:

    5 stars
    Could this be done with a boneless leg of lamb in the varoma?

    1. Cherie, yes the recipe could be altered for boneless leg of lamb. Its best to keep the lamb around the 2kg in size and it will take between 3-4 hours to get to that beautiful, falling apart meat stage. Happy Cooking J

  5. Trina says:

    5 stars
    I made this today and it was so easy. Thank you for the simple yet tasty lamb shank recipe. I substituted red wine with cranberry juice. Also added 50 grams cranberry juice + 50 grams water instead of 100 grams water in step 9. Meat was tender and maple syrup sauce was delicious.

    1. Fabulous!! This is one of my favorite recipes on the site too! The lamb just melts in your mouth 🙂

  6. Tanya wilson says:

    5 stars
    Omg this lamb shank recipient was so easy. Them meat was so moist and juicy.and the maple syrup sauce was to die for.well done.

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