Braised Lamb Shanks

This meal is so easy to make, albeit time consuming, but definitely a way to impress dinner guests without killing yourself in the kitchen.
30 minutes
3 hours
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This is our estimate based on online research.
Fat:46 g
Carbohydrates:34 g
Protein:143 g
Calculated per serving.

Serves: 2

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Prior to cooking, make sure that you have beef broth on hand, either purchased or homemade.
  2. Removed the lamb shanks from the fridge, and allow to come up to room temperature, rinse and pat dry. You can leave them out while you start cooking the braising mixture.
  3. In a large cast iron soup pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
  4. Add the onion to the pot, and saute, adding a pinch of salt to season as well as allow the onions to release some liquid.
  5. After a minute or so, add the garlic to the pot, and continue to saute.
  6. After another minute, add the celery and rosemary to the pot, and continue to saute until the vegetables have softened.
  7. Whisk the balsamic vinegar and coconut aminos together, and pour over the vegetables. Stir to evenly combine. Turn the heat down to medium-low, and let the vegetables cook in the liquid for about 3-5 minutes.
  8. Add the beef broth to the pot, and stir to combine. Season with a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  9. Add the tomato paste to the pot, and stir until it is evenly combined. Allow to cook for about a minute, and then remove from heat.
  10. Season the lamb shanks with salt, and heat the tallow (or your choice of frying fat) in a cast iron skillet over high heat.
  11. Sear the lamb shanks until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes total.
  12. Transfer the lamb shanks to the pot with the braising liquid, turning to coat with liquid.
  13. Bring lamb shanks to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer and cover.
  14. Cook for about two and a half hours, checking every so often, and rotating the lamb shanks. They will be finished when the meat is tender and can fall off the bone.

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  1. iamafr09
    February 1, 2014

    Okay, I just made this exactly how they showed. Cauliflower, carrots, everything and let me tell you… That was So. Damn. Good. Like lick your plate good. And so easy also! Wow!

  2. tbinder
    February 21, 2014

    Could beef broth be used, currently I don’t have the bone broth. This looks delicious, can’t wait to make it.

    1. February 22, 2014

      Thanks for posting. You could absolutely use Beef Broth instead of bone broth. Hope you enjoy the recipe. -Jamison

  3. kgonzalez
    October 25, 2014

    These lamb shanks were really good made them last week , I used chicken stock instead didn’t have beef broth or tallow, used macadamia oil to brown them, my teenage sons and husband loved them I’m making them again today, thank you for this great recipe.

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