Slow-cooked lamb shanks in red wine sauce recipe

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Slow-cooked lamb shanks in red wine sauce is the perfect hearty meal that the whole family can enjoy together

Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time2 hours 30 mins
Total Time2 hours 50 mins

Slow-cooked lamb shanks in red wine sauce are the perfect winter-warming dish. The lamb becomes incredibly tender through the long, slow cook and just melts in the mouth. The fragrant herb red wine sauce is rich and inviting and works really well with the succulent lamb. This dish would be great served with a large portion of creamy mashed potato or a serving of fragrant jasmine rice. You can also substitute the lamb shanks for any cut of lamb including stewing lamb for an affordable winter dinner.

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  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 50g mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 250ml red wine
  • 250ml lamb stock
  • 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme




  1. Heat the oven to 160°C/140°C Fan/Gas Mark 3
  2. Place a large casserole dish over the hob on a high heat with the olive oil. Brown the lamb shanks on all sides, remove and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat and add the onion and carrot. Cook for 5 minutes until they start to become tender. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Turn the heat up and pour in the red wine. Bring to the boil before reducing to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the stock, chopped tomatoes, sugar, bay leaf and thyme to the pan. Stir and bring back to the boil.
  6. Add the lamb shanks carefully, turning to coat them in the sauce.
  7. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and place in the oven for at least 2 hours. Turn the lamb shanks every 30 minutes.
  8. When the meat is tender remove from the oven, remove the bay leaves and thyme stalks and any fat from the lamb. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Top Tip for making Slow-cooked lamb shanks in red wine sauce

If you have a slow cooker do steps 1-5 in a frying pan before transferring all the ingredients to the slow cooker and allow gently cook for 5-6 hours.

Learn how to cook the perfect lamb shanks with our easy guide.


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