Venison shank on white plate with gravy, potatoes and carrots
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Braised Venison Shanks

Venison Shanks are an underutilized cut of the deer. When slow braised, these shanks are tender, flavorful and juicy. Also known as ossobucco.
Course entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Dry aging 1 day
Total Time 1 day 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 489kcal
Author Beth Neels
Cost $5



  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 venison shanks Back legs will serve 2, front legs serve 1
  • 3/4 cup Onion chopped
  • 3/4 cup carrot chopped
  • 3/4 cup Celery chopped
  • 1 cup red wine Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, burgundy, etc.
  • 3 cups venison stock can use veal, beef or vegetable stock, use low sodium
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme preferably, fresh
  • 3 bay leaf


  • Place thawed venison shanks on rack, placed over a rimmed baking sheet, to catch drips. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours. I left mine about 48 hours.
  • Remove from refrigerator 1 hour before continuing with recipe to allow meat to come up to room temperature.
  • Start oven at 300°F.
  • Melt butter and olive oil together in Dutch oven.
  • Brown shanks on all sides. Remove to plate.
  • Add onions, carrot and celery to pan, if needed add more oil or butter. Saute vegetables, scrapping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Once golden brown, add red wine and continue to scrape bottom of pan.
  • Add stock, tomatoes, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to boil.
  • Add venison back to Dutch oven. Cover. Braise for 3 to 4 hours until shanks are very tender. Twist meat with fork. If it separates easily, the meat is done.
  • Remove from oven and remove shanks to a plate.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons cornstarch to a small bowl. Mix in enough water to incorporate all of cornstarch. (Quantities are not crucial.) Cook over low heat until sauce is thickened, dark and glossy. Add shanks back to sauce.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes and your choice of vegetable.



Brown well on all sides.
Reheat leftovers in microwave.
Leftovers can be frozen up to 1 month.
Serve with;


Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 74g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 226mg | Sodium: 383mg | Potassium: 1150mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3357IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 11mg