Braised Lamb Shanks

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 480kcal


  • 2 lamb shanks
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes including liquid
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1/3 cup each: finely chopped carrots, celery, and onions
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • freshly ground sea salt and black pepper
  • finely chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  • Pat lamb shanks dry with paper towels. Generously season all sides with salt and pepper.
  • Add olive oil to a 6-quart dutch oven or wide heavy pot over medium heat. Add butter and stir to coat the bottom of the pot until melted.
  • Add shanks to the pot in a single layer and cook for about 5 minutes until the bottom is nicely browned. Flip and repeat with the other side for about 4 minutes. Transfer the shanks to a large bowl.
  • Add carrots, celery, onions, and garlic to the pot. Cook until softened, a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Carefully add red wine, and loosen any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add water, crushed tomatoes with liquid, peas, and cocoa powder, stirring them in.
  • Return the lamb shanks to the pot in a single layer. Increase heat and bring to a gentle boil.
  • Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until the meat is very tender and easily falls off the bone, about 2 1/2 hours.
  • Uncover and transfer only the shanks to serving dishes. Tent with foil to keep them warm. Increase heat to medium and boil the liquid in the pot until thickened to a sauce-like consistency, about 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Turn off the heat, skim off fat if desired, and pour the sauce over lamb shanks. Top with parsley, and serve while warm with sides like mashed cauliflower.


This recipe yields 9.5 g net carbs per serving (1 lamb shank or half of the recipe).
Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories 480  
Total Fat 29g 45%
   Saturated Fat 9g 45%
   Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 1140mg 47%
Total Carb 13.5g 5%
   Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
   Sugars 5.5g  
Protein 23g  
Vitamin A 57% · Vitamin C 30% · Calcium 3% · Iron 15%