How to Cook Lamb Shanks in Oven or Crockpot

It is important to learn how to cook lamb shanks recipes to end up with a great quality dinner. This part of the lamb comes from the arm of the shoulder, contains a leg bone and part of the round shoulder bone. This part is covered by a very thin layer of fat and a thin paper like covering. Like every animals meat, there is part of the animal which produces tougher meat; this is the tough part of the leg of lamb. Most often this part has the most flavor and cooking it correctly brings out that flavor and produces a delicious dish.

how to cook lamb shanks

When learning how to cook lamb shanks recipes, you must realize that these not so tender cuts must be cooked slowly either by braising, baking or cooking in a slow cooker. Ingredients like lemon juice, vinegar and wine helps the tenderizing process. Herbs and spices help to bring out the delicious flavored by adding vegetables to the pot a delicious meal is the end result.

This lamb shank recipe can be reworked by substituting your favorite spices for the ones in the recipe. It is a great family dinner recipe, recipe for entertaining or even dressed up with garnishes for the Easter menu; almost as flexible as serving French toast throughout the day. The nice thing about crock pot cooking is that you put it all together, turn it on and let it cook for several hours; you are free to do other things. In the end, you have a savory meal!


This is a very flavorful dish when you learn how to cook lamb shanks.

  • 1 Cinnamon stick, broken in pieces
  • 4 Whole cloves
  • 8 Allspice berries
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 Lamb shanks
  • 1 Large chopped onion
  • ¼ Cup brandy
  • 2 Cups diced tomatoes
  • Salt/ pepper

Instructions for how to cook lamb

Grind cinnamon, cloves and allspice to a powder. Heat oil in a large skillet and brown lamb shanks on all sides.

Transfer lamb shanks to a crock pot.

Add onions to the skillet and toss until lightly browned.

Add the spice mixture and the brandy to the onions and stir for a couple of minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes and pour over lamb in the crock pot.

Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until meat is tender.

Add salt and pepper to season.


  • 6 Lamb shanks (bones cracked)
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ Cup flour
  • 2 Teaspoons garlic pepper seasoning (Spice Island)
  • ¼ Cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ Cup chopped onions
  • 1 Teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 Can (10 ½ ounces) consommé
  • 1 Cup ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ Cup vinegar
  • ¼ Cup brown sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 Crushed bay leaf
  • 6 Medium peeled carrots
  • 1/3 Cup chopped celery
  • 2 Medium onions quartered
  • 3 Potatoes cut in thirds

Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

Rub lamb with lemon juice; let stand for 10 minutes.

Shake lamb in bag of flour with garlic seasoning.

Sauté meat in oil until well browned on all sides; remove to a 4 quart casserole.

Drain off all but 2 tablespoons fat; sauté onion and garlic in lamb drippings until tender.

Stir in remaining seasoned flour and brown lightly.

Combine consommé, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, dry mustard and bay leaf.

Heat sauce mixture and stir until thickened; pour over meat in casserole.

Scatter carrots, celery, onions and potatoes over and around meat.

Cover and bake for 2 hours until meat is tender; baste two to three times during cooking.

Uncover and coo15 minutes longer.

To cook in Crock pot follow same directions; place in Crock pot instead of casserole dish.

Cover and cook on low 10 to 12 hours (on high 4 to 5 hours).

braised lamb shanks


This is a delicious way to learn how to cook lamb shanks.

  • 2 to 2 ½ Pounds lamb shanks
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • ½ Cup chopped onion
  • ½ Cup chopped celery
  • ½ Cup water
  • ½ Cup ketchup
  • 2 Teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Clove minced garlic

Cook shanks in hot oil in large skillet until browned; drain well.

Add remaining ingredients to skillet; cover and cook over medium heat 1 to 1 ½ hours until tender.

Add more water if needed to cook.

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