Lamb Shanks Mediterranean Style Recipe
April 15, 2022
Mediterranean-spiced braised lamb shanks, cooked in red wine and fresh herbs.
Cuisine type: Mediterranean
Cooking time: 3 hours
Active preparation time: 30 minutes
Number of servings: 6
Dish type: Main
Nutrition per serving:
Calories: 319.82 kcal
Carbohydrates: 39.81 grams
Fat: 9.01 grams
Protein: 12.02 grams
- 2 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder*
- 1 teaspoon sweet Spanish paprika*
- 1 teaspoon salt*
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper*
- 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg*
- 6 lamb shanks
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
- 1 pound baby potatoes, scrubbed
- 2 cups red wine
- 3 cups low sodium beef broth
- 28 ounces can peeled tomatoes
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, add all the spice mix ingredients and mix to combine.*
Pat the lamb shanks dry and season with the spice mix on all sides.
In a large Dutch oven pot, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown the lamb shanks on all sides (about 8 mins or so). Transfer the lamb shanks to a large tray or bowl for now. Carefully dispose of extra fat in a separate heat-safe bowl, and return the pot to heat.
Now add the onions, celery, carrots, and potatoes. Saute for 5-7 minutes on medium-high, or until the vegetables gain some color. Add red wine, and scrape the pot of brown bits. Cook briefly so that the wine reduces a bit.
Add the broth, tomatoes, cinnamon sticks, thyme, and rosemary. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper. Return lamb shanks back to the pot; press down to submerge. Boil for 10 minutes. Turn heat off.
Cover the pot and transfer to the 350 degrees F-heated oven. Cook in the oven for 2 1/2 hours (It’s a good idea to check periodically through cooking just in case you need to add a little more liquid. When the shanks finish cooking, the liquid will have reduced to about 1/3 of what it was when you started.)
While the lamb shanks are cooking, prepare rice according to your favorite recipe, or prepare 2-3 cups of orzo pasta according to package instructions.
Serve the lamb shanks hot with a little of the veggies and braising sauce on top of rice or orzo pasta. You might also like to prepare a side salad or Fattoush as well. Enjoy!
Tips & Notes:
Follow the recipe instructions for seasoning and browning the lamb. Transfer the lamb to a large slow cooker. Add the vegetables, then add 1 cup wine (instead of 2), and add broth and remaining ingredients. Cover the slow cooker. Set on low and cook for 8 hours or on high and cook for 5 to 6 hours or until the shanks are fully cooked to fall-apart tender.
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