Tested till perfect Braised Lamb Shanks

Braised Lamb Shanks

A fresh parsley gremolada on top adds a herby kick to this richly flavoured lamb. Served with short pasta, such as penne, this satisfying dish is right up the alley for family or company fare.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: November 2004

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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  • Portion size 6


  • 6 6lamb shanklamb shanks, (about 4 lb/2 kg)
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tsppepper
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspextra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp 2tspfennel seeds
  • 1 1oniononions, diced
  • 2 2carrotcarrots, diced
  • 2 2celery stalkcelery stalks, diced
  • 6 6cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp 3/4tspsalt
  • 1 cup 1cupdry red wine
  • 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) 1can (28 oz/796 mL)diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cuptomato paste
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupall-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp 3tbspbutter, softened


  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupchopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1clove garliccloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp 1tspgrated lemon rind
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Sprinkle lamb with pepper. In large skillet, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; brown shanks all over, in batches if necessary, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl. Pour off fat in skillet.

Reduce heat to medium; add remaining oil and fennel seeds. Fry until seeds start to pop, 10 seconds; add onion, carrots, celery, garlic and salt. Fry, stirring often, until onion is softened, 5 minutes. Scrape into slow-cooker. Stir in wine, tomatoes and tomato paste; add lamb and any accumulated juices. Cover and cook on low until lamb is tender and separates easily from bone, 8 hours. Skim off fat.

In small bowl, stir flour with butter; stir into sauce. Increase heat to high; cover and cook until thickened, 15 minutes.

Gremolada: In bowl, stir parsley, garlic and lemon rind. Sprinkle over lamb.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 505 pro 49g total fat 25g sat. fat 10g
carb 19g fibre 3g chol 166mg sodium 721mg

% RDI:

calcium 9 iron 44 vit A 78 vit C 50
folate 24
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