Spiced Lamb Stew

Spicy Lamb Stew
Diana Rattray
  • 95 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 75 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Your family will love the exotic flavors in this easy spiced lamb stew. A combination of ginger, cinnamon, and cumin are added to the stew along with tomatoes, garlic, and a bit of lemon juice.

If you prefer to use a slow cooker, see the tips and variations below the recipe.

Serve this lamb stew with hot cooked rice, grits, or couscous, along with a simple tossed salad.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless lamb shoulder (or stewing lamb)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 medium carrot (peeled, diced)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can tomatoes (with juice, diced)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

How to Make It

  1. Trim any visible fat from the lamb and cut it into bite-size pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and then toss with the flour.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil—or vegetable oil—in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat. Add the floured lamb pieces and the chopped onion. Cook the lamb until browned on all sides, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes longer, or until the onion is translucent.
  1. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute longer.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 1 hour, until lamb is tender.
  4. Serve over hot cooked rice, grits or polenta, or couscous, or serve with hot buttered noodles or potatoes.

Tips and Variations

  • Add diced potatoes about halfway through the simmering time.
  • To convert to the slow cooker, follow the first 5 steps and then transfer to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for about 5 to 7 hours. Alternatively, cook on HIGH for about 4 hours.


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 527
Total Fat 30 g
Saturated Fat 12 g
Unsaturated Fat 13 g
Cholesterol 124 mg
Sodium 633 mg
Carbohydrates 26 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 37 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)