rosemary braised lamb shanks

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 x 350g lamb shanks, trimmed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 6 sprigs thyme 
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 small sprig bay leaves
  • ½ cup (125ml) red wine
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1½ cups (375ml) beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar 
  • mashed potato, to serve (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based ovenproof shallow saucepan over high heat. Cook the lamb, turning occasionally, for 6–8 minutes or until dark golden brown. Remove and set aside. 
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 4–5 minutes or until soft and golden. Add the thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and wine and cook for 2 minutes or until reduced. Add the tomato, stock and sugar. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. 
  3. Return the lamb to the pan, cover with a lid and cook in the oven, turning halfway, for 1½ hours. Remove the lid and cook, uncovered, for a further 20 minutes or until golden. 
  4. Divide the lamb and mashed potato (if using) between plates to serve. Serves 4. 


+ To make a lamb ragu pasta, remove the meat from the bone and shred with two forks. Toss through the sauce and serve with your favourite pasta. 

+ This recipe can be made up to two days in advance. Reheat over low heat before serving. 

Reader ratings (0)
Philip Spagnoli

I’ve been making this recipe for years. It’s simply delicious. I made this for my mom before she passed away in 2012. She was visiting me from California. She wrote down the recipe and kept it with her favorites. I found it when I was going through her recipes and had to have it. Just reading your recipe in my mom’s writing makes me think of her. Thank you for creating such a beautiful memory for me Donna.

donna hay team

Hi Marg, we have not tested the recipe like this however we think it should cook perfectly.

Marg Nisbet

Can I cook this recipe in a slow cooker

suzanne allen

This is the most beautiful and flavourful lamb shank recipe which is divine on pasta or mashed potato. True comfort food which I have made many, many times and will continue to.  Do not change a thing, it is perfect.





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