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Slow Cooker Recipes - Lamb with Figs Recipe for the Slow Cooker

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Ive always wondered what to do with figs? I'm not exactly a fan of them on their own but I have tasted them in a few dishes, so had thought about trying to cook them my self. After a little bit of recipe hunting I stumbled on a recipe for a lamb and fig tagine which I could cook in my slow cooker. I altered it for our personal tastes and this recipe is what we came up with.

I love my slow cooker and love how much easier it makes making a good hearty healthy meal. As me and my husband have very busy hectic lives having a slow cooker is an absolute life saver. Plus to go one step further this meal can be made up as a freezer meal, so can be prepared then frozen in advance, and just added to the slow cooker on the morning you wish to cook it.

This recipe when made in a slow cooker leaves the lamb so soft it literally falls apart, it is so tender. The sauce has a sweet taste to it thanks to the figs and cinnamon. The dish is very filling and will go down well with the the whole family.

Lamb and Fig Tagine with Couscous

Lamb and Fig Tagine with Couscous

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

8 hours

8 hours 15 min



  • 750g lamb, diced into small chunks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves or 1tsp garlic, crushed or lazy
  • 1 inch ginger root, finely chopped
  • 2 tbs plain flour
  • 600ml (1 pint) lamb stock (or veg)
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100g dried figs, de-stalked and chopped
  • oil
  • Enough for 4 Couscous, to serve
  • Toasted almonds, optional
  1. Heat a little oil in a pan and add the lamb chunks slowly. Fry over a high heat until all the meat is browned. Then using a slated spoon add the meat to the slow cooker.
  2. Add the onions to the same pan and fry until beginning to brown.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger, then sieve in the flour and slowly add the stock. Stirring gently.
  4. Add the chopped figs and ground cinnamon. Plus a little salt and pepper if you wish (I don't use any salt and pepper at all in my cooking) Then bring to the boil while stirring.
  5. Add entire mixture to the slow cooker and mix together well. Leave to cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5.
  6. Serve over Couscous and sprinkle with touted almonds, if you wish!


  • This dish could be served over rice or potatoes instead of Couscous
  • You could try adding some veg to the dish to make it even healthier. Carrots and mushrooms would be great
  • The original recipe also added a tsp of saffron, but I didn't have any at the time and don't think it really needs it.

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Kelly A Burnett from United States on March 05, 2014:

I have never cooked with figs and would love to try this. Great recipe and well written. Voted up!

Chantele Cross-Jones (author) from Cardiff on December 16, 2012:

Oh on your Christmas list is it! I love mine so much, it is a life saver sometimes. I hope you try this recipe and love it!

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mizjo from New York City, NY on December 16, 2012:

I like couscous with lamb, and figs make it that much more delicious. This recipe is easily adapted to stove-top or oven if you don't have a slow-cooker. I should have one after Christmas.

Chantele Cross-Jones (author) from Cardiff on July 14, 2012:

It'll taste just as good over rice, we just went with the moroccan theme and had couscous. THe dish is really yummy!

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on July 14, 2012:

Sounds wonderful. My family isn't found of couscous, so I would probably serve it over rice. :)

Chantele Cross-Jones (author) from Cardiff on April 18, 2012:

It really is a great recipe and I have another i shall be putting up this week too!

Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on April 15, 2012:

This sounds delicious. I love lamb and always appreciate new ways to cook it. Thank you very much!

Chantele Cross-Jones (author) from Cardiff on April 15, 2012:

Hi Viking305, Glad you like the recipe, it really is very yummy!

L M Reid from Ireland on April 15, 2012:

Lamb casserole with figs, hmmm never tried that. It looks really tasty and easy to make. Great recipe idea for a cold night

Thanks for SHARING, Voted up, interesting and 5 stars

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