Braised lamb shanks with red wine and herbs

Braised lamb shanks with red wine & herbs

Lamb shanks are great value and known for their flavourful meat that’s incredibly tender when slow-cooked. Served on a bed of creamy mash and complemented by a rich red wine and rosemary sauce, braised lamb shanks are hard to beat.


This hearty dish will wow your dinner guests and it’s really straightforward to make

Preparation: 20 mins

Cooking: 2½–3 hrs

Serves: 4

Difficulty: easy

Braised lamb shanks with red wine and herbs


  • 4 lamb shanks
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, thickly sliced
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 350ml full-bodied red wine
  • 350ml beef or vegetable stock
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (gas mark 3).
  2. Season the lamb shanks generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large ovenproof dish over a medium-high heat.
  4. Sear the lamb shanks on all sides until browned. Then remove the meat from the dish and set aside.
  5. Add the chopped onion, carrots, celery and garlic to the same dish. Sauté until the vegetables have softened and the onion is translucent.
  6. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for a minute to blend the flavours.
  7. Pour in the red wine and scrape the bottom of the dish to release any browned bits (this will add depth to the flavour).
  8. Add the stock, rosemary, thyme and the bay leaves. Stir to combine.
  9. Return the lamb shanks to the pot, nestling them into the liquid and around the vegetables.
  10. Cover the dish with a lid and transfer to the preheated oven.
  11. Braise the lamb shanks for about 2.5–3 hours, or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone. Baste occasionally with the cooking liquid.
  12. Once done, remove the dish from the oven and discard the rosemary and thyme sprigs as well as the bay leaves.


Serve on a bed of mashed potatoes with some seasonal vegetables on the side.



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