How to Cook Slow Roasted Lamb Shanks

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Although they make a delicious and warming winter dish, lots of people don’t know much about how to cook lamb shanks. While they may seem tricky, they’re actually an extremely simple cut of lamb to cook, and if you follow a few easy steps, it’s almost impossible to go wrong.

Unlike other tender cuts of meat that need to be cooked for very exact and small amounts of time, cooking lambs shanks is a less temperamental process. Slow-cooking is definitely the best way to prepare lamb shanks as they’re a tough cut of meat that need to be tenderised.

Cooking lamb shanks on low heat for a long time will soften the meat until it’s falling off the bone. Below is a simple and delectable recipe that will show you the basics for how to cook lamb shanks.

Slow Roasted Lamb Shanks

Ingredients to serve 4:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 400g can tomato soup
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 8 rosemary sprigs
  • 8 thyme sprigs


  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius.
  2. Heat the oil in a large casserole pan over high heat and add half the lamb shanks. Cook for 5 minutes, turning as needed until lightly browned on all sides.
  3. Transfer the browned shanks to a plate and repeat this process with the remaining lamb shanks.
  4. Once you have removed all the lamb shanks, add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Once the onion has softened, add the wine and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the lamb shanks, tomato soup, chicken stock, rosemary and thyme and then bring to a simmer before removing the dish from the heat.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone. Turn the shanks every half hour.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to your liking and serve with polenta or creamy mashed potato.

So there you have a delicious lamb shank recipe. Now that you’ve seen the basics behind how to cook lamb shanks, you can substitute any of the vegetables and ingredients for your own favourites. As long as you follow this ratio of liquid and solid when cooking lamb shanks, they should turn out perfectly!

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