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Balsamic Braised Lamb Shanks

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WW Freestyle: 13
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Balsamic Braised Lamb Shanks - A traditional and delicious Easter main dish prepared with lamb shanks slow cooked to a melt in your mouth perfection with balsamic vinegar, wine, garlic and rosemary.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 Serves
Calories: 349


  • 1/2 tablespoon STAR Olive Oil , divided
  • 4 lamb shanks
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 2 large yellow onions , cut in wedges
  • 1/4 cup STAR Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
  • 1 cup red wine (use your favorite one)
  • 2 cups low sodium fat free chicken broth
  • 6 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 sprig rosemary , leaves only


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Rub lamb shanks with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the remaining olive oil in a dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat.
  • Add the lamb shanks and brown on all sides, about 4 minutes per side.
  • In the meantime, prepare the marinade by combining balsamic vinegar, red wine, chicken broth, garlic and rosemary leaves; mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Remove lamb shanks from the pot and set aside.
  • Add the onions to the hot oil; cook for 2 minutes, frequently stirring, until onions begin to soften.
  • Pour in the prepared marinade and return lamb shanks to the pot; bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Cover with a lid and place in the oven; cook for 1.5 hours.
  • Remove the lid, flip the lamb shanks to the other side, and continue to cook for 30 more minutes.
  • Remove from oven and serve over mashed potatoes drizzled with the cooking liquid.


  • Recipe Notes:
    True balsamic vinegar, like the one in this recipe, will have a thick pouring consistency. Balsamic Vinegar pours thick like syrup. If you are using a balsamic vinegar that's the consistency of red wine vinegar, you will need to reduce it until it reaches a thick sirupy consistency.
Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Braised Lamb Shanks
Amount Per Serving (1 lamb shank)
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 127mg42%
Sodium 190mg8%
Potassium 731mg21%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords: lamb shanks, lamb recipes, easter recipes