Braised Beef Shank with Wine and Tarragon


This beef shank recipe is easy and delicious. I went to the grocery store, and beef shanks were on sale, so I brought them home, and this was the result. For the brave, the marrow in the bones is quite good.

close up view of Braised Beef Shank with Wine and Tarragon in a pot
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 25 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 pounds beef shank

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 cup Marsala wine

  • 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth

  • 1 cup water, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons dried tarragon


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

  2. Heat olive oil in an oven-proof deep skillet with a lid over medium-high heat.

  3. Season beef shank with salt and pepper. Cook beef shank in hot oil until browned on all sides, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer beef shank to a plate.

  4. Sauté onion and celery in the same skillet until onion turns translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour in wine and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.

  5. Place beef shank into onion-wine mixture; add beef broth and pour in enough water to cover 1/2 to 3/4 of the beef shank. Sprinkle tarragon over shank; cover the skillet with a lid.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until meat falls off the bone, about 5 hours. Season with salt and pepper before serving.


This is a very flexible recipe. You can use different meats, wines, or spices. Including potatoes or carrots would be good too.

For an extra kick, throw in some Grill Mates Montreal steak seasoning.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

449 Calories
22g Fat
13g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 449
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 449mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 681mg 14%

* 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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