Slow Cooker Lamb Neck Stew

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Slow Cooked Lamb Neck Stew

Lamb’s neck. Tastier than it sounds. As cheap and you would imagine.

I recently bought five lamb neck chops (500g) for $2.80, so I halved the recipe and all up it cost under $5.

With leftovers.

Which is pretty cheap.

Not only is this recipe inexpensive, it is so easy to cook in the slow cooker and it is also one of my favourite stews. 

Cook it on the bone and the meat just falls off the bone after hours of cooking and you get all that good marrow and gelatin from the bones. 

Sere it with a side of greens or some mashed potato or crusty bread. 

{Looking for more super frugal meals? Try Bone and Barley Broth or Sausage and Bean Stew.}

Yield: 6 serves

Slow Cooker Lamb Neck Stew

Slow Cooked Lamb Neck Stew

This underutilised piece of meat is tastier than it sounds and very cheap.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 kg lamb neck chops
  • 2 carrot, roughly cut
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 litre of stock
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 5 small potatoes, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley to garnish


  1. Brown lamb chops quickly, a couple at a time, in a pan with a little hot oil. Place in the slow cooker.
  2. Reduce the heat and lightly brown the onion and carrots. Sprinkle flour over onion and cook for a minute stirring, then add the tomato paste and cook stirring for a further minute to take off the raw tomato taste.
  3. Add enough stock to make a sauce and to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Pour the onion mixture into the slow cooker.
  4. Add enough stock to cover the lamb chops, then add the crushed garlic and bouquet garni and give everything a good stir.
  5. Cook on high for two hours before adding the potatoes and turning the cooker to low. Continue cooking for six hours or until vegetables are cooked through.
  6. At this point, you can remove the bones if you like, and chop up the meat. The bones are mostly large and easy to remove and the meat tends to just fall off them. Season to taste and serve with steamed greens and a sprinkling of chopped parsley.
  7. Alternatively, throw the potatoes in at the beginning of the cooking time and cook on low for eight hours or until tender (or you are ready).


There may be small bones left in the stew, so take care when feeding to children as the bones can be a choking hazard.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 709Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 198mgSodium: 469mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 56g

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  1. Hi Melissa,

    Is there a way to stop the small bones ending up in the slow cooker. I love this cut of meat, but last time I used it, I couldn’t serve it to the kids, and I would love to give it another try. Would appreciate any tips. TIA. I am a big fan of your website.

    1. Hi Sarah :)
      Good question. If I remember correctly, we just picked through our kid’s plates with our fingers first, lol. Another option is to use forequarter chops until they get older pick individual pieces out of the stew and then strain some sauce over the top.

    2. When ordering the lamb neck from your butcher ask the butcher to use a saw to cut up the neck and not use a cleaver as this causes the bones to splinter.