Braised Lamb Shanks with Red Wine

    3 hours 20 minutes

    Succulent braised lamb shanks slow cooked in a red wine, tomato and fresh basil sauce. Serve with mushroom risotto or mashed potato and grilled zucchini.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 large white onions, chopped
    • 4 lamb shanks, trimmed
    • 2 cups (500ml) dry red wine
    • 1 cup (250ml) balsamic vinegar
    • 1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
    • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
    • 1 lemon, quartered
    • 2 (400g) cans diced tomatoes
    • 1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:3hours  ›  Ready in:3hours20min 

    1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
    2. Place the onion in a layer in the bottom of a Dutch oven or medium roasting pan with a lid. Arrange the lamb shanks on top of the onions. Pour the wine, balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the lamb. Place a clove of pressed garlic next to each shank and a quarter of a lemon on each side. Pour the tomatoes over everything then season with salt, pepper and basil.
    3. Cover and cook in oven for 3 hours or until lamb is very tender. Use juices from the pan to make a nice flavorful gravy.

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    I made this for dinner tonight. Oh, my gosh! The lamb just fell off the bone. My husband said this is definitely company food. Even if someone didn't care for lamb, they would like this dish. I did use half of the vinegar & it was just the right amount. I served sauteed asparagus, red potato mashed potatoes & spinach salad with the shanks. The sauce from the meat was really good on the potatoes also. Next time, we decided, we will try this recipe with beef shanks.Edit 6/05: Made this recipe again.I realized that I left something out of my previous review. There was a lot of sauce left over so I put it on some pasta a couple of days later. It was absolutely delicious!  -  21 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is a great recipe! A little brown sugar will also cut down the sourness. I found that this worked really well in a crock pot as well as the oven. I've also used diced leeks and zucchini on the bottom layer.  -  25 Apr 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Thank you for posting this recipe! We made it for Christmas dinner this year with a few changes. We only used 2 shanks so we used the calculator to adjust the recipe and cut the vinegar down to 1/4 cup based on everyone's reviews here. We put everything in the dutch oven and put that in the oven at 350 for two hours, flipping the shanks after hour 1 just to make sure they didn't burn since we didn't have a lot of onion protecting the shanks from the bottom of the dutch oven. Served the shanks with Greek lemon garlic roasted potatoes that we found a recipe for at's Greek food section, putting the potatoes in the bottom oven tray at the end of hour one and then taking both the shanks and the potatoes out at the end of hour two, ready to serve. The sauce for the lamb shanks was amazing. We used a good wine and were not disappointed at all. I saved the leftover sauce for pasta (conchiglie) the next day and it was phenomenal. Will definitely make this recipe again. My dad, who was visiting, insisted on having a copy to take home so he could do it again too. We both felt that if this had been served to us at a restaurant we would have been happy to have paid top dollar for it. Even better to be able to say that we made it ourselves! Thank you.  -  27 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)