Stout-Braised Lamb Shanks


This hearty Irish lamb shank stew is perfect if you feel like having something a little different on St. Patrick's Day.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
4 lamb shanks


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 4 lamb shanks

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 2 celery ribs, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) bottle stout (such as Guinness®) or porter

  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large, wide pot over medium-high heat until oil begins to smoke. Sear lamb shanks in hot oil on all sides until browned, about 10 minutes. Remove lamb shanks and set aside. Drain excess grease.

  2. Add onion and garlic to the Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook and stir until onion is softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in carrots, celery, and tomato paste; cook for 5 minutes more.

  3. Return lamb shanks to the Dutch oven and pour in broth and stout beer. Use kitchen twine to tie together thyme, parsley, and bay leaf into a secure bundle; add to lamb shanks. Bring to a boil.

  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until lamb is tender and nearly falls off the bone, 2 to 3 hours. Stir in rosemary sprig and season with salt and pepper during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Remove rosemary sprig and herb bundle before serving.


You can add water in step 4 to keep the cooking liquid from becoming too thick. The cooking liquid should reduce into a nice sauce when lamb shanks are done.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
15g Fat
16g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 544mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 38mg 189%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 826mg 18%

* 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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