Shin of Beef
This beef shin recipe shows you how to slow cook a cut of shin of beef to give you some delicious tender meat that falls off the bone. In this recipe, I cook the meat in my Dutch oven, but you can also make the same recipe in a crockpot or an Instant Pot.
What is beef shin?
Beef shin or beef shank is a cut of meat from the leg of the heifer or steer. As it comes from the leg, that carries the weight of the animal, the meat is quite tough as it has a fair amount of muscle in the meat, and hence can be quite a cheap cut of meat.
Because beef shank is a tough cut it needs to be slow-cooked to make it tender. I bought these cuts at our local butcher, Kelly’s, who are just fantastic.
I recommend you ask your butcher to cut the meat into 3-4cm thick pieces, as they will most likely have some thick bone in them. The butcher will have his own bandsaw to do this I imagine. I would allow one piece of meat per person.
I cooked this meal on the bone as all the goodies from the bones, like the bone marrow, melt into the liquid and get incorporated into the gravy making it even tastier.
How to cook beef shin in the Instant Pot
This recipe is based on using a Dutch oven in the oven. I used my trusty oval Le Creuset cast iron casserole pot (or Dutch oven). But feel free to make it in your slow cooker or crockpot if you prefer.
You can also make this same recipe in the Instant Pot if you want to make it a bit quicker. Just brown the meat using the saute setting on the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for one hour. And just add the carrots before putting the pot under pressure.
I found that after cooking, the meat came away from the bone, and any muscle and connective tissue that is left, very easily just using a couple of forks. Make sure you just serve up the lean meat though!
The bones went to the dog, who was very happy with them, as he also was with the bone from the leg of lamb I made recently!
If instead, you want to cook this in the oven and need a cast-iron Dutch oven, and if you are on a budget, then Uno Casa have some more affordable ones.
Enameled Dutch Oven
from: Uno Casa
What to serve with beef shin
In these photos, I served the shin of beef with some delicious creamy mashed potatoes and some of the carrots and mushrooms that were cooked with the meat. But you can serve up with any vegetables you like really. The beauty is that the meat tastes wonderful and will go well with most vegetables.
I just think that some creamy buttery mash is the best way to soak up the juices and combine with the meat and carrots.
I hope you try to make this recipe. If you do, please let me know how you got on in the comments section below.
How to cook beef shin