Melt-in-Your-Mouth Lamb Shanks

Melt in your mouth lamb shanks

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Lamb Shanks

The name says it all – these juicy lamb shanks are so rich and tender, making them the perfect protein to pair with a hearty meal. Though it may seem like a “fancy” meal – these lamb shanks have a short active prep time and can be prepared in large batches for many meals throughout the week. Wondering what to serve them with? Try serving your melt-in-your-mouth lamb shanks with our Mashed Fauxtatoes, Parsnip Rice, Cauliflower Couscous, or Savory Brussels Sprouts.

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Why Do We Love these Lamb Shanks?

This recipe is one of our favorite quick-and-easy recipes. Although it may not be quick in terms of the cooking time, the active prep time is less than 5 minutes! Simply add all of the ingredients to a deep skillet or saucepan and let the flavors work their magic. Longer cooking times allow flavors to develop, enhancing the overall taste of the dish. If you have a few moments to put the ingredients in a pot, you can go do other things while dinner is cooking.

Due to the short ingredient list, this dish can also be prepared in larger batches and used throughout the week. You can “shred” the meat off of the bone and serve in soups, salads, stews, or Grain-Free Waffle “sandwiches” throughout the week.

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Melt-in-your-mouth Lamb Shanks

Melt-in-Your Mouth Lamb Shanks

Chef Dawn Ludwig
This is one of our favorite hearty proteins from Always Hungry? . Serve it with a side of Mashed Fauxtatoes, Parsnip Rice, Cauliflower Couscous, Savory Brussels Sprouts, or another side to sop up all the juices!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Main Course, Meat
Cuisine French
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 medium lamb shanks (about 2 ½ lbs total)
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 black peppercorns, whole
  • ½-¾ tsp salt


  • Place the lamb shanks in a deep skillet or saucepan. Add the red wine, water, bay leaf, and peppercorns. Sprinkle with the salt and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer, turning the shanks every 20 minutes, for 90 minutes or more, until the meat is tender and easily comes off the bones.
  • Reduce the heat further or add a little water as necessary to keep the shanks from burning.
  • Transfer the shanks to a serving place. Cook the sauce over medium heat for 3-5 minutes more to thicken.
  • Pour the sauce over the shanks and serve.



Nutrition (Per Serving - Not a Full Meal)

Fat: 30g
Carbohydrates: 1g
Protein: 41g
Calories: 442

Nutrition (Phase 1 Full Meal)

Serve with one portion Parsnip Rice and Garlicky White Beans with Broccoli Rabe (Always Delicious pg. 221).
Fat: 38g (47%)
Carbohydrates: 43g (24%)
Protein: 50g (28%)
Calories: 710

Nutrition (Phase 2 Full Meal)

Serve with a medium sized sweet potato (about 5" in length) and Savory Brussels Sprouts. (NOTE: This is Phase 1 ratios with a Phase 2 ingredient)
Fat: 38g (49%)
Carbohydrates: 42g (24%)
Protein: 48g (27%)
Calories: 690
Keyword Meat, Phase 1, Slow Cooker

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