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Lamb in the Oven

Lamb in the Oven

Lamb in the Oven

Main Course

120-180 min

4 servings

This recipe uses:

Yaya’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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  • 4 lamb shanks
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

About the dish:

Greek-style lamb shanks cooked in the oven are a delicious and hearty dish that combines tender lamb with aromatic herbs and Mediterranean flavors. Greek-style lamb shanks cooked in the oven have a rich and robust flavor profile. The combination of tomatoes, herbs, lemon, and wine (if using) creates a savory and aromatic sauce that enhances the natural taste of the lamb. The slow braising process ensures that the meat becomes incredibly tender and infused with the flavors of the sauce. Greek Lamb Shank in the Oven is often served with traditional Greek sides such as roasted potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a Greek salad. It's a satisfying and comforting dish that is perfect for special occasions or when you want to enjoy a flavorful and hearty meal. Here's a recipe to make Greek Lamb Shank in the Oven:


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C).
  2. Season the lamb shanks generously with salt and pepper on all sides.
  3. In a large oven-safe pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the lamb shanks and sear them until browned on all sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the shanks from the pot and set them aside.
  4. In the same pot, add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until they become fragrant and slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, chicken or vegetable broth, red wine (if using), tomato paste, dried oregano, dried rosemary, dried thyme, bay leaf, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the pot. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  6. Return the lamb shanks to the pot, nestling them into the sauce mixture.
  7. Cover the pot with a lid and transfer it to the preheated oven. Let the lamb shanks braise in the oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until the meat is tender and easily pulls away from the bone.
  8. Once cooked, carefully remove the pot from the oven.
  9. Serve the Greek Lamb Shanks hot, either directly from the pot or transferred to a serving dish. Spoon some of the sauce over the shanks and garnish with fresh parsley.
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