Lamb Shanks with Ancho Chile Honey Glaze


A lamb lovers dream! This is one of my favorite lamb recipes. I've had so many requests after serving this at dinner parties that I decided to post it here. Get the shanks in the oven. Make the glaze and topping, then take an hour long nap, have a bath, and presto! Dinner's ready! Bon Appetite.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 lamb shanks

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 dried ancho chiles - chopped, stemmed and seeded

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 4 cups tomato puree

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 bay leaf

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 6 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded

  • 4 cups boiling water

  • ½ cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

  • 1 cup plain yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • salt to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Heat oil in large Dutch oven or enamel baking pot. Sear shanks on all sides and set aside. In the same pot, saute onion and garlic 2 to 3 minutes. Add 2 ancho chilies, tomatoes and chicken stock. Season with cumin, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Boil briefly, then return shanks to pan.

  2. Cover and bake in preheated oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Meat should be just ready to fall off the bone.

  3. To make the glaze: Cover 6 ancho chilies with boiling water, and soak for 10 minutes. In a food processor, combine chilies, 1 cup water, honey and orange zest. Process until smooth; set aside.

  4. To make the topping: In a small bowl, mix together yogurt, cilantro and salt. Cover, and refrigerate.

  5. When the shanks are done, remove them from the Dutch oven, and place them into an oiled roasting pan. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spread glaze over shanks and return to oven until light crust forms, 6 to 10 minutes. Serve on large plates surrounded by tomato base and topped with the refreshing yogurt mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

616 Calories
18g Fat
83g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 616
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 1135mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 83g 30%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Total Sugars 53g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 31mg 155%
Calcium 211mg 16%
Iron 11mg 61%
Potassium 2482mg 53%

* 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.