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

Ingredients:
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)

Directions:
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:   (34 votes)

Tags:   braised  lamb  shanks  meat  slow cook  easy  recipe  

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    • BP posted on May 1st, 2013
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Excellent

    • Trace posted on April 28th, 2013
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

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

    • D Mason posted on September 17th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      Very quick to prepare and very very tasty!!!

    • Liz posted on July 23rd, 2012
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      Excellent, easy, so full of flavor.

    • frith posted on July 7th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

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

    • Tatiana posted on May 15th, 2012
      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

    • Catherine Sarah Te Whare posted on October 17th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

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

    • Brendan posted on September 24th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

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

    • Dee posted on June 25th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bruce posted on June 10th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

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

    • Jeanine posted on March 21st, 2011
      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

    • sarah posted on February 1st, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

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

    • penny posted on August 2nd, 2010
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

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

    • nicola posted on June 17th, 2010
      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...

    • nicola posted on June 17th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Fantastic easy recipe...it 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

    • Lynda posted on April 18th, 2010
      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.

    • Len posted on April 12th, 2010
      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

    • Jazz posted on April 11th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

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

    • Leah posted on March 10th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

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

    • Geraldine posted on February 8th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

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

    • Frances posted on December 3rd, 2009
      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.

    • Emily posted on September 29th, 2009
      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!

    • CB posted on August 28th, 2009
      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

    • Liz posted on June 20th, 2009
      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!

    • Andrew posted on May 13th, 2009
      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.

    • Antoinette posted on January 16th, 2009
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

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

    • Ernie posted on December 27th, 2008
      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!!

    • kerray posted on September 20th, 2008
      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

    • maggie posted on July 16th, 2008
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Gin...how 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!

    • Rachel posted on July 14th, 2008
      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.

    • holidayLOVER posted on June 13th, 2008
      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!

    • anna posted on June 13th, 2008
      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?

    • holidayLOVER posted on April 9th, 2008
      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.

    • holidayLOVER posted on February 23rd, 2008
      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.