Slow-roasted Lamb Shanks That Just Fall Off The Bone

Slow-roasted lamb shanks must be one of the most satisfying meals. Cooked right, there’s nothing better to warm the soul on a cold winter’s night. As it bubbles away, roasting in its own juices, the flavours intensify while the sauce reduces and the meat gently softens. But you don’t have to wait until winter. This is a dish that’ll stick to your ribs any time of the year. Just arrive hungry.

Slow-roasted Lamb Shanks

Servings: 4   Time: 5 hours   Difficulty: Easy 


  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 700ml lamb or beef stock
  • 250ml port or sherry
  • 45ml butter
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • Salt and ground pepper to season
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5ml cornflour, slaked with a little water to create a paste
  • A little olive oil
  • 60ml mint jelly, optional


  1. Pre-heat oven to 140 degrees Celsius
  2. Heat the butter and vegetable oil in a casserole dish
  3. Season the shanks to taste and brown well
  4. De-glaze the pan with the port, stirring to ensure that all the little bits from the bottom of the pan have been lifted
  5. Add the stock and bay leaves, cover and simmer gently for approximately 3 hours
  6. Remove the shanks from the sauce and brush with a little of the olive oil
  7. Roast the meat in the oven for approximately 1 hour, while simmering the sauce to reduce
  8. Strain the sauce to a clean saucepan and correct the seasoning (add the mint jelly if using)
  9. You may need to add a bit more port or sherry at this stage – if the sauce is too thin, add the cornflour mix and stir in to simmer for a minute or two, until thickened to your liking
  10. Serve with mashed potato and seasonal vegetables

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