Succulent Braised Lamb Shank with Vegetable Ragout: An Easy, Bone Healthy Crowd-pleaser

Updated: April 12, 2023

Hey there fellow foodie! Are you ready for a flavor explosion that’ll knock your socks off? Look no further than this succulent slow-cooked lamb shank recipe.  

It has it all: juicy lamb shanks, garlic, rosemary, onions, carrots, and a splash of red wine. Oh, and don’t forget the secret ingredient: patience! The cook time is on the longer side. But it’ll give you the chance to catch up on your favorite show. 

And trust me, it’s worth the wait. When your lamb shanks are done they’ll be so tender they’ll practically fall off the bone. And the flavors will meld together to create a mouthwatering dish that you won’t soon forget.

But the goodness doesn’t stop there. Did you know that lamb is not only delicious, it’s also packed with bone healthy nutrients? 

That’s right. This tasty meat is a nutritional powerhouse.

First of all, lamb is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s loaded with protein. And protein intake affects bone in several ways1

  • It provides the structural matrix of bone.
  • It’s reported to increase intestinal calcium absorption.
  • It promotes insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which enhances bone growth and development.

So if you fancy an easy, bone healthy, delectable recipe that will have you coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds) you have to give this beauty a try.

Braised Lamb Shank

Succulent Braised Lamb Shank with Vegetable Ragout

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free
Note: When buying lamb, ask your butcher for local grass fed sources.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 4 hrs
Servings 4
Calories 517 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion diced
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp potato starch or thickener of choice
  • 5.5 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 cups quality red wine
  • 2 cups natural beef broth
  • 1 fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium eggplant diced
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 10 kalamata olives pitted and sliced in half, optional
  • 1 tsp kosher salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • In a 5-quart Dutch oven, or cast-iron pot, heat avocado oil over medium-high heat.
  • Pat lamb shanks dry with a paper towel, season with salt and pepper, and sear on each side until you begin to see color in the lamb and in the pot.
  • Remove the shanks from the pot and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium low. Add onions, carrots, and garlic cloves. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Add vinegar to the pot, scraping the bottom to deglaze the pan.
  • Add tomato paste and starch, and stir thoroughly.
  • Add wine and stir until heavy and thick.
  • Add the broth and the herbs to the pot and stir to combine. Sauce should barely coat a spoon but not stick.
  • Return the shanks to the pot, arranging to ensure they are fully submerged in liquid.
  • Cover pot with lid and cook in the oven for 2.5 hours.
  • Remove the pot from the oven and add in eggplant, zucchini, red pepper and olives. Return to the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaf and rosemary and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 517kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 48gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 1269mgPotassium: 1646mgFiber: 8gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 4243IUVitamin C: 64mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 6mg
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Amazing Health Benefits of Lamb

As mentioned earlier, lamb is packed with bone boosting nutrients. Not only does it contain selenium, phosphorus, and omega 3s, but it’s also a rich source of zinc. 

And studies have found zinc is CRUCIAL for bone health! It aids in the production of anti-aging collagen and helps increase the bone mass density of post-menopausal women.2, 3 

If you take it in the right doses, it can protect you from bone loss.4 Plus, it’s involved in the activity of your osteoblasts, those little guys that actually construct your bones.5 Impressive, right?

Braised Lamb Shank in pot

Braised Lamb Shank Takeaways

If you’re looking for something that’s as delicious as it is beneficial for your bones, then this slow-cooked lamb shank recipe is the one for you! 

It’s chock full of flavor, with garlic, rosemary, onions, carrots, and red wine all coming together in perfect harmony. 

Plus, it’s packed with powerful nutrients that keep your bones strong and healthy, like protein, selenium, phosphorus, omega 3s, and zinc. 

I’d love to hear what you think about the recipe. So don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know how you enjoyed it!

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FAQ

What does braising lamb mean?

Braising is the way to go if you’re looking to get some flavorful and juicy food! 

All you have to do is heat up your pan, brown the lamb in oil, then add a little liquid and cover the pan. You can do this on the stovetop or in the oven. Either way deliciousness awaits!

What cut of lamb is best for braising?

If you want to knock your slow-cooked braised lamb recipe out of the park, try cuts like lamb shank, lamb neck, and lamb shoulder. They’ll make your mouth water with their juicy flavors. 

Plus, you get to show off your culinary skills by braising them to perfection! It’ll be a hit with your friends and family, guaranteed.

Does lamb get more tender the longer you cook it?

If you want to knock your slow-cooked braised lamb recipe out of the park, try cuts like lamb shank, lamb neck, and lamb shoulder. They’ll make your mouth water with their juicy flavors. 

Plus, you get to show off your culinary skills by braising them to perfection! It’ll be a hit with your friends and family, guaranteed.

Can you braise lamb for too long?

Yes. If you cook lamb beyond the accepted limits, it will lose moisture and tenderness. And no one wants to eat lamb that’s as dry as the Sahara Desert. So make sure you don’t overcook it.

References

  1. Robert P Heaney, Donald K Layman, “Amount and type of protein influences bone health,” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 87, Issue 5, May 2008, Pages 1567S–1570S, Published: 01 May 2008 https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/87.5.1567S 
  2. The Role of Trace Minerals in Osteoporosis; Saltman PD, Strause LG; J Am Coll Nutr. 1993 Aug 12(4):384
  3. Marjan Mahdavi-Roshan, Mehrangiz Ebrahimi, and Aliasgar Ebrahimi, “Copper, magnesium, zinc and calcium status in osteopenic and osteoporotic post-menopausal women,” Clin Cases Miner Bone Metab. 2015 Jan-Apr; 12(1): 18–21, Published online 2015 Jun 1. doi: 10.11138/ccmbm/2015.12.1.018
  4. J. Patrick O’Connor, Deboleena Kanjilal, Marc Teitelbaum, Sheldon S. Lin, and Jessica A. Cottrell, “Zinc as a Therapeutic Agent in Bone Regeneration,” Materials (Basel). 2020 May; 13(10): 2211, Published online 2020 May 12. doi: 10.3390/ma13102211
  5. Hyun-Ju Seo, Young-Eun Cho, Taewan Kim, Hong-In Shin, and In-Sook Kwun, “Zinc may increase bone formation through stimulating cell proliferation, alkaline phosphatase activity and collagen synthesis in osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells,” Nutr Res Pract. 2010 Oct; 4(5): 356–361, Published online 2010 Oct 26. doi: 10.4162/nrp.2010.4.5.356

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  1. carol steger

    April 30, 2023 , 6:58 am

    So how many minutes should we braise the lamb shank in this recipe?

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