Lamb Shanks Braised in Stout

Sue Stone


Posted for Culinary Quest - Ireland

Note: Cooking time includes cooking the "chat potatoes"


★★★★★ 1 vote

30 Min
3 Hr


  • 4
    lamb shanks (about 1 lb. each)
  • 1/4 c
    vegetable oil, plus additional as needed
  • 1/4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 large
    onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • ·
    salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 3 sprig(s)
    each fresh rosemary and fresh thyme
  • 1 bottle
    irish stout (guinness or murphy's) 11 oz.
  • 2 to 3 c
    chicken broth, reduced sodium

  • 1 Tbsp
    chopped fresh mint

How to Make Lamb Shanks Braised in Stout


  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Trim excess fat from lamb (Do not remove all fat or shanks will fall apart). Dust lamb shanks with flour. Heat 1/4 cup oil in large roasting pan over medium-high heat. Add lamb in batches; cook until browned on all sides. Remove to bowl.
  2. Add additional oil to pan, if needed, to make about 2 Tablespoons. Add onions; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 2 minutes. Return lamb shanks and any accumulated juices to pan. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Tuck rosemary and thyme sprigs around lamb. Add stout to pan; pour in broth to almost cover lamb.
  3. Cover and bake 2 hours or until lamb is very tender and almost falling off bones. Prepare Smashed Chat Potatoes (see below). Remove lamb from pan; keep warm. Skim fat from juices in pan; boil until reduced by half. Strain sauce. Serve lamb over potatoes; pour juice over lamb and potatoes, sprinkle with mint.
  4. Smashed Chat Potatoes:
    1-1/2 lbs. unpeeled small white potatoes
    1 Tablespoon butter
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    --Bring large saucepan of water to boil. Add potatoes; simmer over medium-low heat about 20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain potatoes; return to saucepan and stir in butter until melted. Partially smash potatoes with fork. Season with salt and pepper.

    **Note: In Ireland, "chat potatoes" are small white potatoes most often served whole and unpeeled after steaming or boiling. Any small potato may be substituted.

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About Lamb Shanks Braised in Stout

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Lamb
Regional Style: UK/Ireland

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