Tender slow-cooked lamb shanks

Oct 04, 2019
These tasty lamb shanks are going to be a hit with everyone who tries them! Source: Getty.

Lamb shanks are delicious no matter how they’re cooked, but this slow-cooked version sees them roasted for around two hours to really lock in that delicious flavour – making the meat so tender and succulent, it will fall off the bone!

The dish is ideal when you’re cooking for a crowd, as once you throw all the shanks in the oven, you’re free to mingle with your guests! Serve these up on a bed of fluffy, creamy mashed potato and enjoy!


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 8 large French-trimmed lamb shanks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, unpeeled, cut into 1cm slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 cups beef consomme
  • 3/4 cup red wine (such as merlot)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Salt, to season


  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Place flour and salt and pepper in shallow dish. Lightly coat shanks with flour. Heat oil in saucepan over high heat. Cook shanks, in batches, for 3 to 4 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a large roasting pan.
  2. Add onions and garlic to saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until soft. Add consomme, wine and maple syrup. Stir to combine. Bring to the boil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour over shanks and cover pan tightly with foil. Roast for 1 1/4 hours. Remove foil. Turn shanks and roast for 45 minutes or until tender.
  4. Transfer shanks to platter and cover to keep warm. Strain cooking liquid through a sieve. Discard onions. Return liquid to pan. Mix cornflour and water in a bowl until smooth. Stir into liquid and bring to the boil, stirring, over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes or until reduced slightly. Pour over shanks. Serve.

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