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Braised Lamb Shanks

This easy oven Braised Lamb Shanks recipe yields fall-off-the-bone tender lamb braised in a rich herbed tomato and red wine sauce. The hardest part about making this recipe is waiting for those delicious smells to come out of the oven and onto your plate!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lamb, lamb shanks, slow cooked lamb
Servings: 6
Calories: 473kcal
Author: Joanna Cismaru



  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 lamb shanks
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 1 large red onion diced, or regular white or yellow onion
  • 2 large carrots sliced 1/2"
  • 3 stalks celery sliced 1/2"
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 24 oz passata 1 bottle
  • 4 cups beef broth low sodium
  • 3 cups red wine 1 bottle
  • 6 sprigs thyme fresh
  • 2 sprigs rosemary fresh
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Heat 1/2 the olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add as many lamb shanks as can fit on the bottom of your pot and season them with salt and pepper. Sear for about 5 minutes or until browned. Flip, season with salt and pepper, and sear the other side. Remove the shanks from the pot and set aside. Repeat with remaining oil and shanks.
  • Add the onion, carrots, celery, season with salt and pepper, and saute for 3-5 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent. Mix in the garlic and tomato paste well, then saute for another minute.
  • Pour in the entire bottle of passata. Add about 1/2 cup of beef broth to the passata bottle, screw the lid back on, and shake to get all the excess passata from the sides of the bottle. Add this to the pot along with the remaining beef broth. Pour in the bottle of wine and stir everything to combine. Add the thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, and let everything come to a simmer.
  • Add the shanks back to the pot and arrange them so they are fully submerged. You can top them with more broth if needed. Cover the pot with a lid, and braise in the oven for 2 hours. Remove the lid, and braise for another 30 minutes.
  • Remove the shanks from the pot. Strain the liquid into a saucepan using a sieve. Bring the liquid to a simmer and reduce by half, about 10 minutes. You can add a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water) to the sauce, 1 tsp at a time, if you want it to be thicker. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon a small amount of sauce over the shanks to serve and leave the rest in a gravy boat on the side.



  1. Cooked lamb will last 3-4 days refrigerated. Keep these shanks in an airtight container. You can store them with the sauce or you can store the sauce in a separate container, but I would definitely suggest reheating them all together. That will prevent the meat from drying out!
  2. You can reheat these shanks in the microwave. If you aren't a microwave fan, reheat either in a pot over medium heat on the stovetop or you can use an oven-safe pot covered with a lid. Bake at 300 F or about 15-20 minutes.
  3. You can also freeze your leftovers up to 4-6 months. Reheat using either the microwave, stovetop, or oven method. It will take about 30-35 minutes in the oven.
  4. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Serving: 1shank | Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 940mg | Potassium: 1635mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 4805IU | Vitamin C: 19.1mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 6.6mg