Braised lamb shanks

image.jpegI’ve been cooking this for years, it’s a great recipe, one pot and very few ingredients. Once the prep is done which is very minimal it just looks after itself and sits happily in a low oven for hours. Easily made ahead and warmed through, making it perfect for a dinner party. It just needs creamy mash and a vegetable of choice. I’ve used it for entertaining and a lazy Sunday family meal!!

As I said it uses very few ingredients and little prep and you’re good to go!!! When I found this recipe the only tweaking I did was I doubled the sauce, it is really rich and scrummy! My family love to dunk crusty bread in the dish at the end!! Guests have also dived in with bread too!!! It really is very good. And a special looking dish with hardly any effort.

This recipe is for four but is easily doubled. In fact it will work for as many lamb shanks as you can get in your pot!!!

Pre heat oven to : 160c / gas 2-3 I use fan 150

You will need:

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Large red onions, sliced
  • 4 French trimmed lamb shanks ( about 250g each)
  • 4 Garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 x Tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Red wine ( 250ml )
  • 4 tsp Chopped rosemary ( fresh )


Heat the oil in a 4 litre flameproof casserole dish over a medium heat and cook the onion for about 5 mins, or until soft and translucent.

Add the lamb shanks and cook until lightly brown – about 5-8 mins.

Add the garlic, tomatoes and wine, then bring to the boil and cook for 3-4 mins. Stir in the Rosemary.

Season with 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper.

Cover, transfer to the oven and cook for 2 hours. Remove lid, return to the oven and simmer for a further 15 mins, or until lamb just starts to fall off the bone.

Check the sauce is not to dry throughout cooking, add water if you think it needs it. Because I doubled the sauce I have never had to do this!!!

NOTES: I use my Aga and just transfer it to the simmering oven once it has come to the boil. I usually get this ready in the morning and just leave it all day!

To make this even easier, ocado do red onion already sliced, and don’t forget the garlic already chopped in a jar!!


Enjoy x


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