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Braised Lamb Shanks

By Makinze Gore March 19, 2019


Braising lamb shanks might sound a little intimidating, but honestly, it couldn't be easier. After a quick sear, the oven does all the work for you! You'll have the most tender, fall-off-the-bone lamb for the most comforting dinner you've had all year!


6 lamb shanks

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

4 tbsp. butter, divided

1 onion, chopped

2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp. tomato paste

2 c. low-sodium beef broth

1 (15-oz.) can tomato sauce

2 sprigs rosemary

1 c. red wine

Mashed potatoes, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Season lamb shanks with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add lamb and cook until golden all over, about 4 minutes per side. Work in batches as necessary. Remove lamb from pot and place on a plate. 

  2. In the pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add onion and carrots and cook until soft, 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more, then add tomato paste and stir until vegetables are coated. 

  3. Pour in broth and tomato sauce, then return lamb shanks to pot. Add rosemary and bring to a boil. Cover and transfer to oven.Cook until lamb shanks are completely tender, 2 hours.

  4. Remove lamb from pot and place on a cutting board. Tent with foil to keep warm. Discard rosemary. 

  5. Return pot to stove over medium heat. Add wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer until thickened, 10 minutes. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons butter. 

  6. Serve lamb with mashed potatoes and spoon sauce on top.


Photo by Parker Feierback

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