Braised Lamb Shanks Soup


Covered casserole dish – 12.5″ long x 9″ wide x5″ deep.

Actually this is my first time cooking lamb shanks. And in addition, I have never even ordered them out. I have only tasted a small morsel from my DH’s plate. The last time we were at a restaurant in Margate, NJ, I had filet Mignon beef tenderloin and DH and DD both ordered the braised lamb shanks which DH allowed me to taste. In my opinion they were cooked better than my filet Mignon. Hence why I suddenly had a craving for them.

5-inch deep casserole dish.

5-inch deep heavy covered casserole dish.

Sauteing mushrooms in skillet.

Sauteing mushrooms in skillet.

Serve soup with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Serve soup with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Of course getting the lamb shanks proved to be a bit of an effort since I had to go to Philadelphia for them. I made a poor decision too, as the butcher asked me if I wanted them cut in half, and I said no. But when I got home it occurred to me that I might have some difficulty finding a big enough skillet in my collection to brown them in, as they were 13-inches long. As it turned out, it was difficult to brown them completely on all sides because of the curvature of the long shank bone.

My sister never liked lamb so she either had something else, or we would only get lamb when she was away at college. I think I didn’t like it when I get as a kid because I remember only being able to eat it with mint jelly. Of course it could have been that my family over cooked it too. Being almost 60 years old, I’m pretty sure the roast of lamb was not cooked to a medium rare doneness like we roast lamb nowadays.

This recipe is not mid rare as the lamb is cooked covered, submerged in liquid for 6 hours at a low oven temperature. After coming in from outside, the lamb smelled so good and the house was filled with the comforting aroma of pleasant anticipation.

You will need at least a 5″ Deep Covered Baking Dish.

Braised Lamb Shanks Soup

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 1/2 cup flour for dredging
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 2-pound lamb shanks
  • four tablespoons olive oil for browning
  • 32 ounces lamb broth (can sub with beef broth)
  • 1 cup cream sherry
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon  soy sauce
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 10 baby potatoes (quartered)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1.5 Pounds Baby Bella mushrooms (baby Portabellas)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees F
  2. Mix flour, garlic salt together.
  3. Rub flour mixture over meat covering all sides.
  4. Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat and brown lamb shanks on all sides.
  5. While shanks are browning, slice up onions and place in baking dish.
  6. Place shanks on top of onions.
  7. Add broth, sherry, water, Worcestershire Sauce, Thyme, soy sauce, celery, carrots and potatoes (If they fit).
  8. Place covered baking dish on a larger pan as it may over flow a tad when cooking.
  9. Cook for 6 hours but set the timer for 5.5.
  10. In a skillet add butter and mushrooms and saute for 15 minutes, then add mushrooms to the baking dish on top of the lamb and vegetables.
  11. And cook covered in the oven for an additional 2-3 hours longer or until carrots, celery and potatoes are tender.
  12. Remove lamb shanks from soup, remove meat from the bones and add it back into the soup.
  13. Serve with grilled cheese.
  14. Enjoy!

Preparation time: 20 minutes   Cooking Time: 9.5 Hours

Servings: 8-10 AcadiaTwo’s Kitchen Antics