Red Wine Lamb Shanks Recipe

Red Wine Lamb Shanks make for a hearty and comforting dish, perfect for a cosy evening at home. This recipe involves low and slow cooking and results in tender, falling-off-the-bone lamb with a rich sauce that is amazing drizzled over a bed of silky smooth mashed potatoes. Add whatever green veggie you like to complete the meal; I like peas here. This is the perfect dish for entertaining during the cooler months, with a ‘wow’ factor that will impress your guests. Even better, it’s super easy to prepare since the oven does most of the work.

Can you substitute the Red Wine Lamb Shanks recipe?

Yes, use tomato passata or 800 g/28 oz crushed tomatoes as a substitute if you prefer not to use red wine. Add it at the same time as the chicken stock.

Can you make Red Wine Lamb Shanks ahead of time?

Red Wine Lamb Shanks are best cooked completely and refrigerated or frozen to be reheated when ready to eat. See below.

Are Red Wine Lamb Shanks suitable for leftovers?

Red Wine Lamb Shanks leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight. Reheat in the microwave until piping hot. Hot tip: freeze in small or individual portions to aid in reheating evenly.

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Red Wine Lamb Shanks Recipe

Red Wine Lamb Shanks

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  • Total Time: 3 hours 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 lamb shanks
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 onions, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups (400 ml) red wine (see note 1 for substitutes)
  • 2 cups (400 ml) chicken stock
  • 6 sprigs thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F (160°C fan).
  2. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil on medium-high heat in a heavy-based, ovenproof skillet.
  3. Sprinkle the lamb shanks with salt, sear on all sides for 3-5 minutes and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil to the same pan (if your pan is very sticky, see note 2). Add the onions, garlic, carrot and celery. Cook for 3-4 minutes until softened. Stir in the tomato paste.
  5. Add the lamb shanks back into the pan along with the red wine. Cook for 5 minutes until the red wine has reduced by half, scraping up the caramelised bits in the pan.
  6. Add the chicken stock and thyme to the pan, place the lid on (or cover tightly with two layers of foil) and bake for 2.5 hours. The meat should fall off the bone easily. If not, continue cooking in 20-minute intervals until it is tender. Remove the thyme sprigs before serving.
  7. Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed peas.

Notes

Note 1 – Use tomato passata or 800 g/28 oz crushed tomatoes as a substitute if you prefer not to use red wine. Add it at the same time as the chicken stock.

 

Note 2 – If your pan is sticky after searing the lamb shanks, wipe it down with a paper towel and deglaze with 1/4 cup of water if needed.

MAKE AHEAD

This dish is best cooked completely and refrigerated or frozen to be reheated when ready to eat. See below.

LEFTOVERS

Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight. Reheat in the microwave until piping hot. Hot tip: freeze in small or individual portions to aid in reheating evenly.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Category: lamb
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: British