Braised Lamb Shanks

Lamb Shanks
Tender, succulent lamb shanks that fall away at the bone

A beautiful winter warmer dish that always goes down great with the family!

Recipe Author:

Beef & Lamb NZ


  • 4 Quality Mark lamb shanks
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned flour
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Pared rind of 1 small lemon
  • 1 cup Campbell’s Real Stock - Vegetable
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes in juice
  • 1 cup diced bottled char-grilled capsicum (see tips)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Good pinch of brown sugar
  • 2 bulbs garlic
  • 1 cup orzo
View Method Braised Lamb Shanks


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Heat a dash of oil in a large heavy based frying pan over a medium-high heat. Dust lamb shanks with seasoned flour then brown all over. Transfer to a casserole dish. (If you have a casserole dish that can go from stovetop-to-oven, then use that).
  3. Lower the heat and add the onion and cook until just soft, 5-7 minutes. Add spices, chilli and lemon rind and cook until aromatic, about 1 minute.
  4. Add vegetable stock, tomatoes, capsicum, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Bring to the boil, season and pour over the lamb shanks. The liquid should just cover the lamb shanks. Place on a tight fitting lid and place in the oven to cook for 2 hours. After an hour, slice garlic bulbs in half horizontally and place in a piece of foil. Drizzle with a little oil then wrap up tightly. Place in the oven beside the lamb shanks and roast until the cloves are very soft.
  5. Remove lamb shanks from the oven and add the orzo. Return to the oven and cook for a further half hour. The orzo should be al dente and the meat almost falling off the bone.
  6. To serve, give each person a half of roasted garlic to squeeze over their lamb shanks.
Slow Cooker Optional Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except orzo in the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-9 hours (or high for 4 - 4 1/2 hours).
  2. Cook orzo separately and add before serving.

Handy Tips

As an excellent source of protein, this dish is perfect for muscle recovery after a workout, and for growing children.
Chargrilled red capsicums can be bought in jars from your supermarket and are perfect to use in winter when fresh capsicums are out of season.
Suitable Cuts: Shanks, diced lamb, shoulder chops

View Ingredients Braised Lamb Shanks
View Method Braised Lamb Shanks
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