Braised Lamb Shanks served on mash potato

Braised Lamb Shanks

Recipe submitted by maggie on November 1st, 2007

Braised lamb shanks are extremely easy to make. Anyone can follow this recipe and turnout with succulent tasty lamb that falls off the bone. It's basically a throw it all in the oven recipe but with stunning results. The recipe doesn't require exact amounts either. The sauce has a delicious complex flavour that is sure to impress your dinner guests. Great for a hearty meal in winter.

Prep time:   10 minutes
Cook time:   2 hours
Servings:   3 people

3 Lamb Shanks (a shank per person but just add more for more guests)
5 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
1 cup red wine
2 cups beef stock
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 large carrot roughly diced
1 large stick of celery roughly diced
1 large onion roughly diced
4 tablespoons of oil
1 tablespoon of Rosemary leaves(fresh is better but dried works well)
1 tablespoon of Thyme leaves(fresh is better but dried works well)

Preheat oven to 180°C

Place oil in pan and heat until med-high. Brown lamb shanks on all 3 sides quickly, remove using tongs and add to your casserole dish.

I use a heavy cast iron casserole dish (also called a dutch oven) with a lid but if you don't have one, you can use an oven roasting pan and just add a little more stock/water so that the lamb is half covered and cover with tin foil.

Next turn the heat down and cook onions, carrot, and celery. When onions turn clear add garlic and cook for a further minute. Tip the onions, garlic, celery, carrot and oil into casserole dish.

Add the rest of the ingredients into the casserole dish and give it a quick stir. Cover and place in the oven for 2 hours.

Serve on mash potato, use a large spoon to add a little of the sauce to each dish. YUM!

Average Rating:   (35 votes)

Tags:   braised  lamb  shanks  meat  slow cook  easy  recipe  

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    • posted on 1644183009
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      This is an awesome recipe. Best lamb shanks i have ever eaten. Thanks for sharing.

    • posted on 1367393042
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10


    • posted on 1367133215
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Shanks for that, awesome recipe. I made it stove top and cooked for two hours on low heat. Yummy

    • posted on 1347854491
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      Very quick to prepare and very very tasty!!!

    • posted on 1343003160
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      Excellent, easy, so full of flavor.

    • posted on 1341644863
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      my friend and i have just finished the lamb shanks. wonderful. sooooo yummy. thank you. will cook it often

    • posted on 1337046540
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      Yummy! Nz shanks are the best! I added 3 carrots, ginger, tomato sauce as well. My partner thought I am as good as Gordon Ramsey :). Could you suggest where to buy lamb shanks cheaper than from the butchery directly? Cheers

    • posted on 1318802138
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Thank you so much for this recipe. It was so easy and absolutely delicious! Yum Yum

    • posted on 1316829962
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      One word - Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • posted on 1308998094
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10


    • posted on 1307683928
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      This is a delightful wintery dish, full of warmth and goodness. Thanks so much.

    • posted on 1300690230
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      Yes this was lovely - and easy to !!! Great recipe I cooked the shanks in the crock pot for a few hours the day before then just roasted them for the last 1 - 1.5 hrs YUUMM

    • posted on 1296534684
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      so so so sooooo good my mouth is watering just thinking about it

    • posted on 1280700435
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      sooo YUM ... AMAZING everyone loved it def going to cook this again

    • posted on 1276746929
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      oh and the smell from this dish is just heavenly....its in the oven now and i bet all the neigbours are jealous.....the smell from my oven is drifting down the street...

    • posted on 1276738175
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Fantastic easy was a real winner in our family,,,i used the beef stock in the container as the stock cubes i find a little salty....ive got a great cast iron dutch oven that i cooked this dish in...tasty rich delicious meal for those cold winter nights

    • posted on 1271537041
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      This was lovely, I added a can of spicy Tomatoes, the whole family enjoyed and ask when I'm making this again. Real easy meal for a busy family.

    • posted on 1271060937
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      I've made shanks and mash b4 using my own variation but this recipe was very very yummy,had the family for dinner ,blew them away,,,,seared the shanks on the bbq first the rest is history

    • posted on 1270962619
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      mmmmmm so so so good, and there will be many more to come

    • posted on 1268174308
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      It was absolutely amazing and i enjoyed it immensely! Thanks.

    • posted on 1265625462
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Absolutely gorgeous. Lovely flavors, easily prepared and enjoyed by my entire family. Thanks

    • posted on 1259825054
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Last week it was all summery salads and mixed grilled grilled chops, or pan sauted fishes. We just had a cold snap, Chch has been overcast with rainy weather .So it was back to the casserole making scene. I made this recipe up in my slow cooker over 3 days - using onions, carrots and parsnips.... Very sustaining and satisfying family meal.

    • posted on 1254206480
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      Fantastic - just finished and had to run and write a review because it it soooo good! and so easy - try it!

    • posted on 1251426827
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      This was AWESOME! You definitely have to try it out... very simple and full of flavour... yummmy!!! Thanks for submitting

    • posted on 1245490465
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      I loved this recipe - very easy, full of flavour and I was left with an amazing gravy to use as a base for soup!

    • posted on 1242186975
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      I've tried this recipe some years ago and from time to time I'm using it. I must admit that for me lamb meat is the best there is. So I love my lamb shanks and have tried doing them using different recipes. From all recipes for a lamb shank dish I have tried over the years - this one is the best. Instead tomato paste I'm using diced tomatoes (400g tin). This time I've served it with a mushed garlic potatoes and a leak & apple salad ..... it's superb.

    • posted on 1232090026
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      loved it. my son who doesn't usually eat all his meat cleaned off his entire bone!

    • posted on 1230358187
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      My first attempt at Lamb Shanks and they were absolutely delicious. Like other reviewers this easy recipe will be repeated again and again, especially as winter arrives...But even on a warm Wellington summer's night they hit the right spot!!::))) I don't think one could get a better Lamb Shank dish in a 5 Star restaurant!!

    • posted on 1221859453
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      I dont have an oven at the moment so I followed this recepie and cooked in my microwave for 2 lots of 25 mins using tongs to move the lamb around at each interval and then finished in crock pot for one hour on high. It came out really well and was amazing!!! Will definitely use this again

    • posted on 1216166399 0
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10 great! I just thought I would mention that I use good old beef stock cubes dissolved in water, not the fancy liquid beef stock and this recipe turns out super tasty every time. Oh and one more thing, sometimes the shanks still have a few chunks of fat which I like to remove first before cooking. Enjoy your lamb shanks!

    • posted on 1216018094
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      first time in my life I cooked lamb shanks and it is beautiful!! I didn't even have the red wine and so had to add a dash of Saphire Gin (figured what the hey). Great recipe - thanks.

    • posted on 1213329585 1
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      No need to turn them! That's what is great about this recipe and why I love it so much, you put it in the oven and it's cooked to perfection 2 hours. Easy!

    • posted on 1213323428
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      do i need to turn over the lamb when it is in the oven??? to ensure every side touch the gravy?

    • posted on 1207688384 1
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      I made the recipe again but left out the tomato paste and it was YUM also! I had to use a heaped teaspoon of corn flour dissolved in water at the end to thicken the gravy. The gravy was really delicious and could be a good alternative if you don't like tomato or want to try something different.

    • posted on 1203722630 1
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      This is a great GREAT recipe! I had never made braised lamb shanks before but this recipe was so easy and the result was PERFECTION. I will definitely be making this again and again.