Lamb Shanks – Cafe Delites


Tender, fall off the bone Lamb Shanks braised in a luxuriously delicious red wine gravy is your new family dinner recipe! Includes 4 cooking methods!

Slow cooked lamb shanks are a family favourite dinner ordered at restaurants and pubs all over Australia year round. Simmered in a rich, Bourguignon inspired red wine sauce, the meat just slides off the bone!

You choose how to cook them! In the oven, on the stove, in a slow cooker or Instant pot (pressure cooker). Whichever one you choose, you will not be disappointed!

Tender, fall off the bone easy braised Lamb Shanks in a luxuriously delicious red wine gravy! Oven, stove top, slow cooker or Instant pot.


LAMB SHANK

Lamb shanks are an inexpensive cut of meat begging to be slow cooked. Slow cooking turns this tough cut of lamb into the most tender, succulent, fall off the bone meat, while creating a luxurious depth of flavour in this delicious gravy.

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Along with ingredients you already have on hand, like garlic, onions, beef stock, herbs and tomato sauce (tomato puree), you’ll have a heavenly stew simmering in your kitchen.

The perfect Sunday afternoon is a slow cooking pot of lamb shanks. This is one recipe where you want to take your time cooking, while enjoying a glass of wine or two waiting for its arrival to your dinner table.

Tender, fall off the bone easy braised Lamb Shanks in the oven, stove top, slow cooker or Instant pot.

HOW TO SLOW COOK LAMB SHANKS

Inspired by our Beef Bourguignon, we’ve added one or two extra ingredients to make a spectacular lamb recipe.

No matter which cooking method you choose from the recipe below, your starting point consists of 5 easy steps:

  • SEAR: When cooking stews (like Pot Roast, Beef Bourguignon or Chicken Au Vin), the best flavour develops when browning the meat first, creating layers of flavours right from the beginning. Browning lamb shanks can take up to 10 minutes with their uneven shape, but it’s worth every minute in the end results.
  • AROMATICS: Onions, carrots and garlic are cooked in the same oil and pan juices left behind from the shanks ensure the flavours continue to develop.
  • FLOUR: Allows the stew to thicken while it cooks.
  • LIQUIDS: Wine, stock and tomato puree are added to submerge the shanks, give them flavour and tenderise the meat.
  • HERBS: Rosemary, parsley and bay leaves complete the flavours in this sauce. This recipe is very versatile in that you can use your favourite herb combination, or leave them out all together. Thyme and oregano work well here!

How To Cook Lamb Shanks

WHAT WINE CAN I USE:

Inspired by our Beef Bourguignon, I recommend a good quality dry red for this lamb shanks recipe. We always use a $15-$20 bottle of Pinot Noir as we love cooking with that particular wine. It’s not too strong and yields our favourite flavour when cooking, but you can use any dry red you have on hand.

It doesn’t need to be expensive, but try to get a good quality brand.

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WHAT DO YOU SERVE WITH BRAISED LAMB SHANKS?

Lamb shanks go so well with creamy Mashed potatoessweet potatoes or a buttery cauliflower mash!

You can also serve lamb shanks with plain rice or pasta. Anything to drizzle all the gravy/sauce with. There is so much flavour here, you need a fairly plain side to go with it.

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HOW TO THICKEN THE GRAVY

Simmer the liquid for about 10 minutes to turn it into a glossy, thick gravy.

Or to cheat time, mix 2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of the sauce from the pot until completely dissolved. Pour the slurry into the simmering sauce, stirring quickly until completely blended.

Let simmer for 4-5 minutes, or until thickened to desired consistency, and pour all over your lamb shanks to serve!

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Lamb Shanks

Tender, fall off the bone Lamb Shanks braised in a deliciously rich sauce is your new family dinner recipe! Includes 4 cooking methods: oven, stove, slow cooker or Instant pot. The meat just slides off the bone!

Course:

Dinner

Cuisine:

Australian

Keyword:

lamb shank

Servings: 4 people

Calories: 254 kcal

Author: Karina

Ingredients

  • 2
    tablespoons
    extra-virgin olive oil
    divided
  • 4 – 6
    lamb shanks
    trimmed of excess fat
  • 1
    large white onion
    diced
  • 6
    cloves
    garlic
    minced
  • 2
    large carrots
    sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1
    pinch
    coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4
    cup
    flour
  • 2
    cups
    beef stock
  • 1 1/2
    cups
    red wine like Merlot
    Pinot Noir, or a Chianti — optional. Substitute with extra stock).
  • 14
    oz
    (400 g) passata
    (tomato puree or American tomato sauce)
  • 2
    tablespoons
    tomato paste
  • 2
    beef bouillon cubes
    crushed
  • 1
    teaspoon
    fresh rosemary
    finely chopped
  • 2
    tablespoons
    fresh parsley
    finely chopped (divided)
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
    to season

Instructions

OVEN METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Wash and pat dry lamb shanks with paper towel.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a heavy based pot over medium-high heat. Sear two shanks in the hot oil until browned on all sides. Repeat with remaining shanks and oil. 

    Transfer to a plate, tent with foil to keep warm, set aside.

  4. To the pan juices, sauté the carrots and diced onions until softened, (about 3 minutes), then add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

  5. Return the shanks back into the pot; season with 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper. Sprinkle with flour, toss well and cook for 4-5 minutes to brown the flour.

  6. Add stock, wine, puree, tomato paste, bouillon and herbs. Bring to a simmer on the stove.

  7. Cover, transfer to lower part of the oven and cook for 2 1/2 hours, or until the meat is fall apart tender (adjust the heat so that the liquid simmers very slowly).

  8. Gently transfer the shanks onto a plate; tent to keep warm.

  9. Discard the bay leaves from the sauce and place pot onto stove. Simmer sauce over medium heat until thickened to your desired consistency. 

    OPTIONAL: skim off any additional fat which rises to the surface.

  10. You should be left with about 3 cups of sauce thick enough to lightly coat the back of a spoon. 

    
*If the sauce is too thick, add a few tablespoons of stock. If the sauce is too thin, boil it over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until reduced to the right consistency. (See notes about thickening.)

  11. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt and pepper, if desired. Add the shanks back into the pot of sauce.

  12. Garnish with parsley and serve with mashed potatoes, rice or pasta.

  13. To serve the following day, allow the casserole to cool completely, cover and refrigerate.


    The day of serving, remove from refrigerator for at least an hour before reheating. Place over medium-low heat and let simmer gently for about 10 – 15 minutes, basting the shanks and vegetables with the sauce.

Recipe Notes

STOVE TOP:

  1. Wash and pat dry lamb shanks with paper towel. 
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a heavy based pot. 
  3. Sear two shanks in the hot oil until browned on all sides. Repeat with remaining shanks and oil.
  4. Transfer to a plate, tent with foil to keep warm, set aside.
  5. To the pan juices, sauté the carrots and diced onions until softened, (about 3 minutes), then add garlic and cook for 1 minute. 
  6. Return the shanks back into the pot; season with 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper. 
  7. Sprinkle with flour, toss well and cook for 4-5 minutes to brown.
  8. Add stock, wine, puree, tomato paste, bullion and herbs. 
  9. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the meat is falling apart.
  10. Garnish with parsley and serve with mashed potatoes or rice.

 

INSTANT POT / PRESSURE COOKER:

  1. Set Instant Pot or Cooker to SEAR function (or use a pan on the stove over medium heat of you wish).
  2. Wash and pat dry lamb shanks with paper towel. 
  3. Sear two shanks in the hot oil until browned on all sides. Repeat with remaining shanks and oil.
  4. Add all shanks to the pot. Season with 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper. Sprinkle with flour, toss well and cook on SEAR for a further 4-5 minutes to brown.
  5. Add in the onions, carrots, wine, stock, tomato puree, tomato paste, garlic, bullion and herbs. Stir well, cover and lock the lid into place. Press Keep Warm/Cancel to stop the Sauté function, then set to MANUAL mode. Choose HIGH PRESSURE for 30 minutes cook time. 
  6. After cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 8-10 minutes. Open the valve and allow and remaining steam to escape (for Instant Pot, turn the valve from sealing to venting to release the pressure).
  7. Change the Instant Pot or cooker setting back to the SEAR setting (or SAUTE) stir well and allow the sauce to thicken uncovered, for a further 5-10 minutes. 
  8. Garnish with parsley and serve with mashed potatoes, rice or noodles.

 

SLOW COOKER:

  1. Wash and pat dry lamb shanks with paper towel. 
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a heavy based pot over medium-high heat. 
  3. Sear two shanks in the hot oil until browned on all sides. Repeat with remaining shanks and oil.
  4. Transfer to 6 quart (litre) slow cooker bowl.
  5. Add in the onions, carrots and garlic. Season with 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, tossing well to combine.
  6. Pour the red wine into the pan or skillet and allow to simmer for 4-5 minutes, then whisk in the flour until free from lumps. Allow to reduce and thicken slightly, then pour it into the slow cooker along with the stock, tomato puree, tomato paste, bullion and herbs.
  7. Mix well to combine all of the ingredients. Cook on high heat setting for 6 hours or low for 8 hours, or until lamb is fall apart tender.
  8. Remove shanks, transfer sauce to a pot and let simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat to reduce to desired thickness.
  9. Garnish with fresh parley and serve with mashed potatoes or rice.

 

TO THICKEN SAUCE

For a quicker method to thicken the sauce once the shanks are cooked through and tender:

Mix 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of the sauce from the pot until completely dissolved. 

Pour the mixture into the simmering sauce, stirring quickly until completely blended.

Let simmer for 4-5 minutes, or until thickened to desired consistency.

 

 

Nutrition Facts

Lamb Shanks

Amount Per Serving

Calories 254
Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 7g
11%

Saturated Fat 1g
5%

Sodium 368mg
15%

Potassium 817mg
23%

Total Carbohydrates 27g
9%

Dietary Fiber 3g
12%

Sugars 9g

Protein 6g
12%

Vitamin A
117.8%

Vitamin C
24.4%

Calcium
6.5%

Iron
19.2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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