Easy Lamb Shanks with Garlic and Herbs
Lamb shanks are always good although they tend to be more expensive nowadays than before. Go back a few years and the price was much lower, the reason being well-known chefs are beginning to serve lamb shank recipes in their restaurants, pushing up the price. This easy lamb shanks with garlic recipe is reminiscent of classic lamb shank dishes.
Never mind about the price being more than it was. Lamb shanks are not prohibitively expensive, they make a great dish, they are easy to cook and the meat, when cooked properly, is falling-apart tender and oh so flavorful. I like to cook easy lamb shanks with garlic often and I tend to cook them in the crockpot. The aroma while they cook is just incredible! But braising them in the oven is also a great idea and they will come out juicy, succulent and tasting just as wonderful as they look.
In the following easy lamb shanks with garlic recipe we are browning the lamb and some vegetables then adding garlic, herbs, white wine and stock to make a flavorful sauce. A lot of lamb shank recipes have red wine but this one uses white wine. If you prefer a lamb shank recipe without wine then simply swap the white wine for extra stock, either chicken stock or lamb stock.
What to Serve alongside Easy Lamb Shanks with Garlic
This easy lamb shanks with garlic recipe is great served with mashed potatoes or fries if you prefer. It will take 2 to 3 hours from beginning to end, so start it a few hours before dinner time. While the lamb shanks are braising you can prepare your side dishes or get dessert together.
The lamb shanks need to rest while you are cooking the sauce. Just put them on a platter and cover them with foil. You will find the meat tenderizes even more when allowed to stand in this way, which is another bonus of doing this. Easy lamb shanks with garlic deserve the very best treatment so don’t forget to let them stand.
How Many Does This Serve?
This easy lamb shanks with garlic recipe makes enough to serve 8 people but you can halve it if you’re not feeding such a crowd. We also have a lamb shanks braised in red wine recipe if you want to compare them. The following recipe is a low carb lamb shanks feast so if you’re low-carbing, serve this with ‘cauliflower mash’ or with some fried mushrooms or another low carb side dish. It will be so filling and delicious.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 8 lamb shanks
- 2 chopped carrots
- 1 chopped yellow onion
- 4 whole garlic cloves
- Few sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 3 fresh bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 12 fl oz (350ml) white wine
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 18 fl oz (500ml) lamb or chicken stock
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Brown the lamb all over for 10 minutes in the oil in a Dutch oven or big ovenproof pot or dish.
- Remove the lamb and put the carrot and onion in the pot.
- Cook for 10 minutes, then add the garlic and herbs and cook for 2 minutes.
- Stir in the flour and tomato paste, add salt and black pepper, and add the stock and wine.
- Put the lamb back in the pan and bring to a simmer.
- Cover with a lid or with foil and cook in the oven for 1½ to 2 hours or until the lamb is tender.
- Take the meat out of the sauce and set it to one side.
- Cover it loosely with foil.
- Put the pan back on the heat and simmer the sauce for 15 minutes or until thick and glossy.
- Sieve it into a jug, then serve it with the lamb.