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Braised Lamb Shanks

Lamb Shanks are an easy delicious meal for any night of the week. They are slow braised in the oven in a delicious red wine braising liquid.
Course entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 4 servings
Calories 380kcal
Author Beth Neels
Cost $5



  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 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 beef stock can use veal, beef or vegetable stock, use low sodium
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme preferably, fresh
  • 3 bay leaf


  • Remove shanks from refrigerator 1 hour before continuing with recipe to allow meat to come up to room temperature.
  • Start oven at 250°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, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to boil.
  • Add lamb back to Dutch oven. Cover. Braise for 2½-3 hours until shanks are very tender. Twist meat with fork. If it separates easily, the meat is done. Internal temperature should be at least 190°F.
  • 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: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 563mg | Potassium: 1016mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4220IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 5mg