Lamb Shank Recipes

Discover delicious recipes for braising lamb shanks, complete with how-to videos, ratings, reviews, and cooking tips.

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Chef John's Braised Lamb Shanks

Rating: 4.4 stars
You don't often see lamb cooked with these spices, but they really work together wonderfully. The final plate ended up being a sort of North African/Central American fusion thing, with the fragrantly spiced meat and peppers resting on a simple bed of couscous.

Jinx-Proof Braised Lamb Shanks

Rating: 4.74 stars
Lamb shanks are one of the most foolproof meat choices out there; and when you braise it, you have about as close to a sure thing as there is. After a long, slow roast in an aromatic, deeply flavored broth, these lamb shanks are sure to get rave reviews.

Stout-Braised Lamb Shanks

Rating: 4.63 stars
You can't have Irish stew for St Patrick's Day every year. If you feel like something a little different, but still fairly traditional, this hearty dish should fit the bill.

Lamb Shanks with Ancho Chile Honey Glaze

Rating: 4.59 stars
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.

Saba-Braised Lamb Shanks

Rating: 4.86 stars
If you're looking for a foolproof, wintry braised meat dish, this is virtually impossible to screw up! The only way to screw this up is to undercook the meat. The sauce has no thickeners, just pure 100% natural goodness.

Heavenly Lamb Shanks

Rating: 4.44 stars
This is simply gorgeous because it's so comforting! The lamb shanks are slow cooked in a generous amount of red wine. Preparation is easy, too, it goes from stovetop to oven. This is best served with the pan juices poured over a creamy mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, risotto, or even soft polenta.

Lamb Shank

Rating: 4.33 stars
Delicious grilled leg of lamb in a wonderful herb marinade.

Lamb Shank Braised in White Wine with Rosemary

Rating: 4.52 stars
Wonderfully tender, these lamb shanks are melt in your mouth juicy.

Lamb Shank Vindaloo

Rating: 4.78 stars
I have very little experience cooking Indian food, so that this came out as deliciously as it did is nothing short of amazing.

Lamb Osso Buco Slow-Cooked

Rating: 4.86 stars
There are two tricks to this recipe: browning the lamb shanks before they go into the slow cooker and reducing the sauce before serving. The result is an osso buco you'd be hard-pressed to distinguish from the labor-intensive classic.

Braised Lamb Shanks

Rating: 4.17 stars
Succulent braised lamb shanks slow cooked in a red wine, tomato, and fresh basil sauce. Serve with mushroom risotto and grilled zucchini.

Meat Gravy

Rating: 4.91 stars
This recipe is a family tradition. It has been handed down from generation to generation but never written down. There are things I'd like to explain before starting: some of the meats I use are interchangeable. The whole idea of a meat gravy is the different combination of meats, not the exact meats themselves. The two basic meats are pork and beef; some like to add veal, but I don't. Many in my family add their own third meat: some use poultry, mine is lamb. Some in our family only use beef and pork but I find it less tasty. Serve the sauce over your favorite pasta with grated cheese; I recommend Locatelli® Pecorino Romano. I also add meatballs and braciole to the sauce; see links below for those recipes.

Inspiration and Ideas

Rosemary Braised Lamb Shanks
Rating: Unrated
"Couldn't believe how good it was. Easily the star of the night!" – Ewinhusen
Beer-Braised Lamb Shanks
Rating: Unrated
Lamb, a classic springtime meat, stars in this comforting dish that's perfect for the chilly, dreary days between winter and spring. Garnish with sliced green onions. Breaking up the cooking time yields a superior texture and flavor but you can also cook the lamb all at once, simmering until fork-tender for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Moroccan-Style Lamb Shanks with Apricots

Rating: 4.67 stars

This is a gorgeous, easy and pretty quick version of lamb tagine I made on Valentine's Day. For an authentic feel we ate it with our fingers--it was a complete hit!