Heavenly Lamb Shanks


This recipe for lamb shanks in the oven is simply gorgeous because it's so comforting. The meat is slow-cooked in a generous amount of red wine. Preparation is easy too — it goes from the stovetop to the oven. This is best served with the pan juices poured over creamy mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, risotto, or even soft polenta.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins


  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 4 (1 pound) lamb shanks

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 2 onions, cut into chunks

  • 1 leek, halved and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 12 cloves garlic, unpeeled

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

  • 1 sprig thyme

  • 1 sprig rosemary

  • 3 cups chicken stock

  • 1 ½ cups red wine

  • 1 pinch sea salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  2. Heat olive oil in a heavy, metal roasting pan on the stove over medium-high heat. Toss shanks with flour to coat well; then shake off excess. Sear shanks in hot oil until well browned on all sides, then remove from the pan and set aside.

  3. Add celery, carrots, onion, leek, and garlic to the roasting pan. Cook until softened and lightly browned, stirring constantly; about 5 minutes. Season with bay leaf, peppercorns, thyme, and rosemary. Pour in chicken stock and red wine, increase heat to high, and bring to a simmer. Season to taste with salt. Place the lamb shanks on top of the vegetables.

  4. Cover the roasting pan tightly with heavy aluminum foil and place into the preheated oven. Bake gently until meat is tender and falls off the bone, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

  5. Remove bay leaf and herb stems before serving shanks with vegetables and sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

824 Calories
41g Fat
35g Carbs
61g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 824
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 793mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 61g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 1191mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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