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Spiced Apricot Harissa Lamb shanks with Jewelled Cous Cous

Prep 20 minutesCooking 1 hour 30 minutes4 people

Spiced Apricot Harissa lamb shanks slowly cooked until they are beautifully tender and nearly falling off the bone. Fruity cous cous jewelled with pomegranate seeds, mint and coriander to provide a balance to the rich lamb shanks.


1 hour 30 minutes

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4 Lamb Shanks

50 ml Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Onions

2 Cloves Garlic

1/2 Jar Apricot Harissa

200g Dried Apricots

4 Fresh Apricots

1 x 400g Can Chopped Tomatoes

400 ml Water

Orange Zest and Juice

250g Barley Cous Cous

50ml Olive Oil

1 Pomegranate

4 Spring Onions

50g Pumpkin Seeds

25g Coriander

25g Mint

25ml Apple Vinegar

Salt to Taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy based pot that is big enough for all 4 shanks and lightly brown the shanks all over then remove from the pan. Whilst browning the shanks, slice the onions and garlic. Once you’ve removed the shanks add the onion and garlic to the pan and soften them until lightly golden. Chop the dried apricots as its cooking.
  2. When the onions are done add the dried apricots for 2 to 3 minutes and then the Apricot Harissa, cook out for a further 2 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a light simmer. Add the shanks and again bring to a simmer, then cover with a lid and reduce to a low heat. Cook for between 1 to 1 1/2 hours depending on the size of the shanks, they should be in danger of falling apart but just clinging together ideally.
  3. Whilst the shanks are cooking place the cous cous in a bowl and stir through the oil until well mixed in. Pour over boiling water until just covered, give a mix and cling film well and leave to absorb for 8 mins. Bash out the pomegranate seeds and reserve. Chop the herbs and reserve. After 8 minutes remove the film and fluff up the cous cous with a fork separating the grains.
  4. Either allow to cool if eating later or if you’re doing it to coincide add the other ingredients now before serving with the shanks and sauce.

Included in this Recipe

Barley Couscous

Barley Couscous

Our nutty high fibre couscous that has been awarded a Great Taste star in 2012.

Early Harvest Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Early Harvest Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Single varietal, stone crushed, cold extracted, Extra Virgin Olive Oil made from the first Arbequina olives of the season.