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RECIPE: Warm up with a hearty, slow-braised Karoo lamb shank

Warm up with a hearty, slow-braised Karoo lamb shank. Picture: Tasha Seccombe Photography

Warm up with a hearty, slow-braised Karoo lamb shank. Picture: Tasha Seccombe Photography

Published Jun 23, 2020


With the colder weather on our doorstep, a hearty winter comfort meal could be the best way to keep warm. 

Courtesy of the Spier Hotel, this hearty, warming dish is winter comfort food at its best. 

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The delicious slow-braised Karoo lamb shanks can be cooked until the meat falls off the bone. 

The meal can be enjoyed with a bottle of Spier Creative Block 3 which delivers subtle perfumed notes of blackcurrant, blackberry, raspberry, pomegranate, and mulberry, followed by spicy flavours of black pepper and coriander. 

The silky, rich mid-palate is complemented with concentrated fruit and dense, silky tannins.

Slow-braised Karoo Lamb Shank 

Serves: 4-6


- 30ml vegetable oil

- 4 medium-large lamb shanks, trimmed of excess fat

- 1 large white onion, diced

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- 2 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped

- 6 garlic cloves, finely grated

- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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- 500ml beef stock

- 375ml red wine

- 4 large tomatoes, chopped

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- 30ml tomato paste

- 4 sprigs rosemary

- 4 sprigs thyme

- 5 bay leaves


- Preheat the oven to 160 °C.

- Heat the oil in a large, wide oven-proof pot over medium-high heat. 

- Brown the shanks on all sides, then remove from the pot and set aside.

-  Add the onions and carrots to the pot and fry over medium heat until softened, then add garlic and cook for one minute. 

- Return the shanks to the pot and season generously with salt and pepper. 

- Add stock, wine, chopped tomatoes, paste, and herbs.

- Bring to a simmer, then cover the pot with a lid. 

- Transfer to the oven, then cook for 2 ½ - 3 hours, or until the meat starts falling off the bone.

- Remove shanks from the pot and set aside. 

- Discard the bay leaves and herbs from the sauce and place pot on the stove. 

- Simmer sauce over medium heat until thickened to your desired consistency. 

- Add the shanks and serve warm with (optionally) herbed pap and vegetables, and a glass of Spier Creative Block 3.

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