Delicious Family Favourite Rainy Day Lamb Stew in the Slow Cooker

Without a doubt now that the nights are drawing in and the weather has taken a decidedly wet turn, we turn to some of our family favourite meals especially ones that we can throw together easily and all sit down to enjoy on an evening. Our Rainy Day Lamb Stew in the Slow Cooker is one of my favourites to make. I can throw it all together in the morning, leave it cooking during the day and then when everyone gets home to serve with some steamed vegetables, homemade bread and one of our favourite rainy day desserts (check the suggestion at the end). So here we go our easy slow cooker lamb stew recipe for families. #familyfavourite

family favourite slow cooker lamb stew for rainy days

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Family Favourite Lamb Stew in the Slow COoker

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We try and vary the meals that we have during the week, alternating lean red meats and lots of vegetables. Lamb, which we buy from our local butchers as they have the leanest cuts, is Dad’s favourite and our daughter loves it too.

If you scroll down to the bottom after the printable recipe you’ll find some of our other favourite red meat recipes to try as well. For more great recipes, also head to

One of the reasons we love lamb is how versatile it is. From making a roast to using minced lamb in a shepherd’s pie.

Lamb is naturally rich in protein, low in salt and provides seven essential vitamins and minerals that support good health and wellbeing. These are: niacin (vitamin B3), vitamins B6 and B12, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and pantothenic acid.

Another reason we love this recipe is that we can freeze it once cooked and then defrost it in the fridge and have again especially as it makes enough for 8 of us.

Types of Lamb Cuts to Cook For Family Meals

There are so many different cuts of meat that it can be difficult to tell which to use. The Welsh Lamb website has a great guide to the different cuts including what they are best for.

lamb stew with carrots and potatoes in a white bowl on table with spoon and wooden utensil behind

When we make slow-cooked lamb we either use shoulder cuts or breast diced up, depending on what is available in the meat section at the butchers or supermarket. When cooked in the crockpot or slow-cooked for a long time they are tender and melt in your mouth.

Making Sure your lamb Stew Thickens

One of the biggest questions I get asked when I make a stew in the slow cooker is how I prevent it from getting more soup-like than stew.

There are 3 things that I do that really help.

coating the lamb with seasoned flour before putting in the crockpot helps the stew thicken
  • The first is that I coat the meat in plain flour before placing in the slow cooker.
  • Then for the last 30 minutes I make sure that the lid is off and that I turn it up to high so that it can simmer and evaporate off some of the liquids.
  • If it’s very liquid at that 30 minute stage then a couple of tablespoons of cornflour mixed with water are added and this really helps to ensure that it’s not like a soup when it’s served.
Yield: 8 people

Rainy Day Lamb Stew in the Slow Cooker

bowl of lamb stew with carrots and potatoes sitting on a white table with the corner of an orange and white checked tea towel seen in the corner.

A delicious recipe of slow-cooked lamb stew a firm family favourite and ideal for rainy days and mid-week meals.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 600 g dice lamb shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 450 g carrots peeled and chopped in half
  • 2 large potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 l lamb or beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water if needed to thicken the stew before serving


  1. In a small bowl, toss together the diced lamb, flour, salt, and pepper.coating the lamb with seasoned flour before putting in the crockpot helps the stew thicken
  2. Add the chopped onion, carrot pieces and chopped potatoes to the slow cooker bowl.
  3. Pour in the stock.
  4. Add the dried herbs to the stock.
  5. Then the flour-coated lamb to the bowl of a slow cooker.
  6. Stir to thoroughly combine.
  7. Cook on low for eight hours or high for four hours.
  8. 30 minutes before serving turn the slow cooker to high and simmer. If needed to thicken the stew, add the cornflour mixture to the slow cooker at this point.
  9. Servea bowl full of lamb stew with carrots, onions and potatoes all cooked in the slow cooker


If you wish to freeze this recipe. Serve for the family and then allow to cool whilst covered.

When cool put into a freezable container and into the freezer for upto 3 months.

Defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight and serve for dinner once reheated in a pan or microwave.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 621Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 317mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 55g

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Make a Meal of It

a loaf of white bread made in the bread machine on a wooden board with a green chequered tea towel behind
homemade bread and butter pudding with golden raisins sprinkled with icing sugar in a square pyrex dish on top of a tartan napkin on white background

We love having this lamb stew with homemade bread and then one of our favourite desserts like our bread and butter pudding.

Great-Tasting Family Favourite Red Meat Recipes to Cook

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bowl of homemade beef stew cooked in the slow cooker for 8 hours with carrots, celery, onions and potatoes served on a wooden board with fresh crusty bread
heaty home cooked beef goulash for chilly days when comfort food is needed for family dinners
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