Slow Cooker Lamb with Cumin, Garlic, Lemon and Lime

Slow Cooker Lamb with Cumin, Garlic, Lemon and Lime

For this month’s Slow Cooked Challenge Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen challenged us to make a slow cooker recipe using Oranges and Lemons. With the coming of Spring it is time for fresh and zingy flavours to mark the new season.

I decided to make a lamb dish full of fragrant spices with lime zest and lemon and lime juice. Read on for my recipe for Slow cooker lamb with cumin, garlic, lemon and lime!

Slow Cooker Lamb with Cumin, Garlic, Lemon and Lime

The spices are mixed into a paste which is spread over the lamb joint and then fresh garlic, lime zest, lemon juice and lime juice is added on top. The dish smells so fragrant and tempting as it starts to cook.

One of the hazards of using a slow cooker I find is that if you are at home while it is on, the delicious cooking smells will make you hungry all day!

Slow Cooker Lamb with Cumin, Garlic, Lemon and Lime

After cooking the lamb falls off the bone cleanly, and the flavours of the spices have mellowed to produce a warming dish with fresh notes from the citrus zest and juice.

My husband remarked it was good which is high praise in this house!

Slow Cooker Lamb with Cumin, Garlic, Lemon and Lime

I’m sending this over to the Slow Cooked Challenge, which Janice is hosting this month. Do go and visit for more delicious slow cooked recipes with Oranges and Lemons.


Slow Cooker Lamb with Cumin, Garlic, Lemon and Lime

A fragrant lamb dish which is good served with rice or couscous
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 281kcal


  • 1 kg half lamb shoulder
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • Zest of a lime
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed


  • Mix the cumin, salt and pepper, chilli powder and rapeseed oil in a bowl, to make a thick paste.
  • Place the lamb shoulder in the slow cooker pot and rub the paste on both sides of it with a spoon.
  • Place the crushed garlic on top of the lamb, and sprinkle over the lime zest.
  • Pour the lemon and lime juice over the top.
  • Cook on high for 5 hours or on low for 8 hours.


Delicious served shredded with rice and green vegetables.
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This was dinner last night and it was delicious, thank you.

Delicious Lucy! You always inspire me to use my slow cooker more xx

Fuss Free Helen

Lovely flavours with the lamb, I love large pieces of meat cooked in the slow cooker. So delicious.

Ooooh well this sounds rather fantastic! Just my sort of lamb dish!

Janice @FarmersgirlCook

Lovely use of the theme, I like the idea of a spice paste. Will be trying this soon. Thanks as always for your Slow Cooked Challenge recipe.

Mmmm – sounds lovely!