Braised Lamb Shanks with Fennel

Braised Lamb Shanks with FennelRecipe
Photo: Susie Cushner
The fennel is not cooked with the meat and can easily be omitted. Serve with instant couscous.


Makes 6 servings

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Other: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calcium 124 mg
Calories 547
Caloriesfromfat 0 %
Carbohydrate 18 g
Cholesterol 159 mg
Fat 30 g
Fiber 6 g
Iron 5 mg
Protein 46 mg
Satfat 10 g
Sodium 1010 mg


3 fennel bulbs, tops trimmed and quartered, ends still attached
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
6 lamb shanks
1 onion, finely chopped
1 head garlic, peeled (about 15 cloves)
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried
4 tomatoes, chopped, or three 15-ounce cans, drained and chopped
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken broth


In a roasting pan, toss the fennel, 2 tablespoons of the oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Set aside.

Dry the lamb shanks on paper towels and season with the remaining salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven, heat the remaining oil over medium-high heat. Brown the lamb until golden, 4 to 5 minutes per side. (Do in 2 batches if necessary.) Remove the lamb and set aside.

Heat oven to 400° F. Pour off the excess oil from the Dutch oven. Stir in the onion, garlic, and rosemary. Cook 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, wine, broth, and lamb. Cover and bring to a boil. Place in oven.

Cook the lamb until it is fork-tender, about 2 1/2 hours, occasionally basting with the cooking liquid. After 1 hour, place the pan of fennel in the oven and roast until tender. Serve with the pan juices.

KEEP IT: The lamb and fennel can be stored separately in the refrigerator up to 3 days. To freeze (the lamb only; fennel turns mushy when thawed), divide into individual servings with the sauce. Warm in a 375° F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling. The lamb keeps in the freezer up to 3 months.