Slow-Roasted Rosemary Garlic Lamb Shanks

Rosemary Garlic Lamb Shank
The Spruce
  • Total: 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
881 Calories
60g Fat
12g Carbs
71g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 881
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 60g 76%
Saturated Fat 24g 119%
Cholesterol 258mg 86%
Sodium 471mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 71g
Calcium 127mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Although not the most popular of meats in American cuisine, lamb has long been a favorite in dishes from around the world, especially those enjoyed in the Mediterranean. Easy to prepare and flavorful, lamb gives a sweeter taste to many recipes that call for beef. The preferred way to prepare lamb is to cook just slightly and serve rare since it is more tender and soft than other meats. 

With shank meats, however, braising or slow-cooking is a better option, since the meat tends to be a little tougher. This goes for lamb as well.

This slow-roasted lamb shanks recipe is such a great and easy way to enjoy lamb. This lamb recipe has only a few ingredients, but thanks to the long, slow cooking, the results are incredibly flavorful, succulent, fork-tender meat. 

You'll need to plan a few hours to prepare this recipe, to allow the lamb to slow-roast, but it will be time well-spent.


  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 6 cloves garlic (unpeeled, but the skin pierced with the tip of a knife)
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Slow-Roasted Rosemary Garlic Lamb Shanks Ingredients
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  2. Preheat oven to 450 F.

  3. Place the shanks in a roasting pan, just large enough to fit them in one layer, and rub with the olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper, or to taste. 

    Seasoned Lamb Shanks
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  4. Roast for 20 minutes to get a nice brown color. Remove the lamb, and turn the oven down to 325 F.

    Slow-Roasted Rosemary Garlic Lamb Shanks
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  5. While waiting for the oven to cool down, spoon out any excess fat, and scatter the garlic cloves and rosemary over and around the lamb.

    Slow-Roasted Rosemary Garlic Lamb Shanks
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  6. Wrap the braising or roasting pan very tightly with several layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil (remember: you want as tight a seal as possible), and return to the oven.

    Covering the lamb shanks with tinfoil
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  7. Roast the lamb for an additional two hours, and resist the temptation to open the foil and check on it until the two hours are up because you'll increase the risk of the meat becoming too tough.

  8. Remove the foil, pour in the chicken broth, and turn the heat up to 400 F.

    Slow-Roasted Rosemary Garlic Lamb Shanks with chicken broth
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  9. Roast for 15 minutes, and remove.

    Slow-Roasted Rosemary Garlic Lamb Shanks
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  10. Transfer the lamb shanks to a serving platter, and spoon over the juices, garlic cloves, and rosemary.

    Slow-Roasted Rosemary Garlic Lamb Shanks
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  11. Enjoy!


  • A tight-fitting lid on your braising dish or slow cooker is really important, to prevent the lamb (or other meat you might be cooking with) from becoming too dried out.
  • The soft garlic cloves can be squeezed out of their skins and spread on the lamb. This will add a wonderful, more intense flavor.

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