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Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks in Gravy

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks in Gravy

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks in Gravy

This recipe for slow-cooked lamb shanks will give you some delicious tender lamb shanks in red wine gravy which will satisfy the entire family.

This recipe is for two persons, but just add more shanks to suit the number of people eating. How many lamb shanks per person? I tend to use one lamb shank per person.

slow cooked lamb shanks

The method of slow cooking is an alternative to pressure cooking in an Instant Pot, which takes about half the time of this slow cook method. There is an Instant Pot recipe for lamb shanks below in the links.

Slow cooker lamb shanks in gravy

This recipe cooks lamb shanks in the oven in a casserole dish. I always use one of my trusty Le Creuset cast iron enameled casserole pans for this dish. These pans are perhaps a bit pricey, but they really last a lifetime and are well worth it.

lamb shanks on bone

But of course, you can also cook lamb shanks in a slow cooker using this recipe if you prefer. The gravy should thicken during the cooking process if you add a bit of flour at the start, as in the recipe.

If you wish to thicken the gravy more when you are finished you can always mix a bit of cornflour with water and add by hand at the end.

lamb shanks in gravy


Braised lamb shanks

The process of slow-cooking meat in liquid in a closed vessel is known as braising. It is important that the pan you use to braise these lamb shanks has a good lid and is properly sealed, to retain the goodness from the liquid in the meat. Hence Le Creuset – these pans really are the best!

slow cooked lamb shanks

The result is a lamb shank where the meat literally falls off the bone. You will find that the meat is extremely tender. But you will need to separate the lean meat carefully from the sinews and connective tissue that make up the shank.

Lamb shanks are cut from the leg of a lamb just above the knee. So they have less meat and more sinews that a leg of lamb for example.

But the long process of braising makes this an easy task as the tender meat will automatically separate itself from the less edible parts. (My dog found these bits delicious btw, especially the bone!!)

lamb shanks on bone
Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks in Gravy, served with a creamy mash

The combination with a creamy mash and carrots is absolutely delicious. And the red wine gravy that results from the braising is perfect with the mash.

I hope you enjoy trying this recipe. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comment section below!

How to make slow-cooked lamb shanks in red wine gravy

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lamb shanks braised

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks in Gravy

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

These slow cooked lamb shanks in gravy are delicious served with some creamy mashed potatoes. There is little preparation and the meat will fall off the bone.


  • 2 lamb shanks (about 915g)
  • One onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 shallots, peeled
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 500ml red wine
  • 1 bouquet garnet
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into discs
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • For the mashed potatoes see linked recipe below


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170C.
  2. Brown the lamb shanks in a pan on medium heat. At the same time, fry the chopped onion in the olive oil until browned.
  3. Add lamb shanks, fried onion, garlic, shallots, bouquet garnet, bay leaves, carrots, thyme, red wine and stock to your casserole pan. Mix the flour with some water and add to the pan. Season to taste. Mix well and close the lid.
  4. Place the pan in the oven for 3 hours.
  5. 30 minutes before serving make the mashed potatoes using the recipe in the link. I added some sliced spring onions to the mash in this recipe.


Add 3 sliced spring onions to your mashed potatoes for some variation.

Serve the shanks, one per person, on a bed of mash with some carrots and pieces of onion on top. Add some gravy from the pan on top of the mash.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 760Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 848mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 7gSugar: 14gProtein: 33g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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