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slow-braised lamb shanks on creamy polenta

Slow-Braised Lamb Shanks

These slow-braised Lamb Shanks are fall off the bone tender. As they are great when made in advance they are a perfect and impressive dinner party dish.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Lamb
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 379 kcal


  • 4 lamb shanks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced, seeds removed
  • 8 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups dry white wine
  • 1 ½ cups homemade or low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon or to taste herbs de Provence - a combination of dried basil, thyme, lavender, and fennel. If unavailable, an Italian herb blend could be substituted.
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons cold water also known as a slurry


  • Dry the shanks with a paper towel (dry meat browns, wet meat steams); season generously with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven and brown the shanks well on all sides; do this in batches so the meat browns well. Once the shanks are browned, remove them to a platter and lower the heat to medium-low. Add the lemon slices and let them just start to brown; add the garlic, tomatoes, white wine, chicken stock, rosemary sprigs, and the herbs de Provence. Return the shanks to the pot. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook very slowly on the stovetop or in a 325 °F oven for 3 hours. Or you can put this in your crockpot and cook all day on low. (If you are in a hurry, you can also pressure cook these for 1 hour). 
  • After your shanks are cooked, remove the rosemary sprigs (all of the leaves will have fallen off); remove the lamb shanks and put them on a platter, cover with foil and place in the warm oven (heat off) while you prepare the sauce.
  • Pour the "slurry" into the simmering liquid and stir until the sauce thickens. Serve the shanks and sauce over polenta, mashed potatoes or noodles.


Dry the meat and season well prior to browning. Make sure both your pot and oil are hot before you start to brown the meat, do be careful of splatter.


Serving: 1gCalories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 27gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 362mgFiber: 2g
Keyword crock-pot, lamb shanks, pressure cooker, slow-braised lamb shank long-cooked
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