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The ultimate lamb shank recipe collection

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Lamb shank recipes: lamb osso buco with creamy polenta
Lamb shank recipes: lamb osso buco with creamy polenta

Lamb shanks are one of the most irresistible meats when cooked well, and are best enjoyed falling off the bone and swimming in sauce. So if you’re looking for lamb shank recipe inspiration, we’ve pulled together our favourites here – from Moroccan braised lamb shanks to curries, stews and a classic red wine number. Enjoy!

January 31, 2011

Baked lamb shanks with orzo

You can replace orzo with risoni if you like. Orzo, like risoni, absorbs cooking liquid. If the sauce is too thick, stir in a little extra water. If you make this dish in advance, you will need to add some water or stock when reheating. Note
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November 30, 2010

Braised lamb shanks with mushroom risotto

If you have an electric pressure cooker you won’t need to reduce the heat to stabilise pressure, your cooker will automatically stabilise itself. Always check with the manufacturer’s instructions before using. Covering the shanks with the cooked celery and leek is an easy way to keep the lamb hot and moist while you cook the […]
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4 lamb shank recipe tips

  1. When you’re choosing your recipe, check that you have all the cooking implements you need. If not, you can add them to your shopping list or choose a different recipe.
  2. Get your lamb shanks as close to the cooking day as possible. According to the CSIRO, meat (other than poultry) can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days. But the temperature needs to be correct and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  3. Take note of the cooking time and amount of liquid needed for the recipe, but remember to check it as cooking time can vary depending on the equipment (dishes, oven, slow cooker etc).
  4. If your lamb shanks haven’t cooked enough, just put them back on to cook a little longer. You can also add extra liquid if needed.

What cooking method is best for lamb shanks?

Lamb shanks are a tougher cut of meat meaning once cooked for a long time over a low heat all that tough collagen breaks down to create a rich and buttery fall-apart meat. So, the great thing about lamb shanks is that you can not over cook them. All that will happen is that the meat becomes extra tender and no longer attached to the bone. Depending on the dish, this can actually be helpful.

The most important thing to remember is to brown your lamb as well as you can. Shanks are a difficult shape to brown evenly, but do your best as this browning is the key to creating a rich flavour base for your lamb dish – or any other protein that’s slow cooked in a braising liquid.

What to pair with lamb shanks?

Some classic lamb shank pairings include tomatoes, green beans, potato and red wine. There are also delicious recipes that use pomegranate, lentils and curry. If you’re using a lamb shank recipe, it will give you ingredients to pair with them for a delicious meal.

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