Braised Lamb Shanks

  • 4-6 pastured lamb shanks seasoned with sea salt, pepper, cumin and cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. pork fat or other fat/oil
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 4-5 cups chicken stock or water (enough to almost cover shanks)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 onions, peeled and quartered
  • 2-3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. rosemary
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 8-10 fingerling potatoes


Preheat oven to 325. In a frying pan, heat fat/oil and sear shanks until lightly browned on all sides.
Place shanks into a 9×12 baking pan or casserole dish with all the chopped vegetables (except potatoes), garlic and herbs, and the wine and stock.
Cover and cook 1 & 1/2 hours. Uncover, turn the shanks with tongs, add the potatoes and continue cooking another 1 & 1/2 hours.
Remove shanks, vegetables, and potatoes and set aside. Pour liquid from the baking pan into a gravy separator or into a measuring cup and let cool slightly.
As fat rises to the top pour or skim off and discard. Put shank juice/liquid into a small saucepot, season with salt and pepper and cook on high heat until reduced by half.
Pour reduced jus on top of shanks.