Spice Braised Lamb Shank

15 minutes

5 hours, 45 minutes

Total Prep and Cook Time: 6 hours

Yield: Serves 4


4 Alberta lamb shanks 

To taste salt and pepper 

6 Tbs (100 mL) extra virgin olive oil 

300 g white onion, small dice 

250 g celery, small dice 

300 g carrots, small dice 

5 cloves garlic, minced 

1 Tbs ground cumin 

½ Tbs ground coriander 

½ Tbs ground cinnamon 

1 tsp ground allspice 

1 tsp fresh grated nutmeg 

2 cups (500 mL) red wine 

½ cup (120 mL) tomato paste 

8 cups (2 L) vegetable stock 

8 cups (2 L) Roma tomatoes, diced 


  1. Season lamb shanks with salt and pepper. 
  2. Place on a roasting rack and “sear” in a 450º F oven for 15 minutes. 
  3. In a large saucepan, sweat onions, celery and carrots in olive oil. 
  4. Add spices and continue to cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. 
  5. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes. 
  6. Place shanks in a deep ovenproof dish and cover with sauce. 
  7. Braise at 300º F for 5 hours. 


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