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Braised Lamb Shanks

with a honey-infused Polenta

scroll downpreparation time: 60 minutes
cooking time: 3 hours

Braised Lamb Shanks with a honey-infused Polenta

Lamb dishes of all kinds are very typical for the Andalusian cuisine. In Almería you can still find an astonishing number of lamb and goat shepherds and you always get top quality. Especially if you choose the tender “cordero lechal”, the suckling lamb.

A very popular way of preparing lamb in Andalusia is chuletillas de cordero de la brasa, grilled lamb chops. Another recipe that is undoubtedly one of the best is a cordero al horno – lamb from the oven, either the lamb’s leg or shoulder.

But today’s recipe is braised lamb shanks, which is just one of my favourites on a bit cooler days :-)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


for the braised lamb shanks

  • 3 lamb shanks
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 1 large minced onion
  • 4 pressed garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 500gr. Carrots, chopped medium size
  • 500gr. Tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 500gr. Cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 150ml red wine
  • 450ml beef broth, home-made or high-end product
  • 6 twigs oregano
  • 4 twigs rosemary

for the honey-infused Polenta

  • 750ml water
  • salt
  • 150gr. Polenta
  • 250gr.  grated cheese (Gouda)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp honey (best from Sierra Filabres)
  • grounded black pepper

The how to …

Braised Lamb Shanks

  1. Season the lamb shanks generously with salt. Heat a large casserole (I love the ones from Le Creuset) and add enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Once hot, sear the lamb shanks until they are golden and crispy. Transfer the meat to a plate.
  2. Reduce the heat and add the sliced shallot and onion to the casserole. Without stirring too much, give them around 5 minutes to caramelize. Add the garlic and fennel seeds as well as the carrots. Continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Increase the heat again and add the tomatoes as well as the cherry tomatoes. Leave to cook for another 5 minutes and season with some salt. Stir in the tomato paste and add the red wine and simmer for a moment – just for the alcohol to evaporate. Add the beef broth and the herbs.
  4. Put in the lamb shanks and bring everything to simmer. If the liquid is not covering the meat you might add a little more red wine or some Pedro Ximenez. Reduce the heat, cover the casserole with a lid, and leave to simmer for 2 hours. Remove the lid and continue to gently let everything simmer for another hour.
  5. Transfer the meat to a plate again, increase the heat and leave the sauce to reduce considerably, before putting the meat back in.

Honey-infused Polenta

  1. Bring the water to boil in a casserole and add a generous pinch of salt. Pour in the polenta and reduce the heat. Cook the polenta for about 5 minutes until it thickens – stir often to prevent baking.
  2. Add the cheese and leave to melt. Add the butter, honey, and season with ground pepper. As soon as the butter has melted the Polenta is really creamy and you should serve it immediately.
  3. Put a generous amount of Polenta onto a plate and put the lamb shank on top. Pour as much of the delicious sauce on top as you like and serve more sauce separately to add during the dinner.


The lamb shanks are superb to prepare for many guests. A Polenta is not good when pre-cooked, but if your mis-en-place is good, which means everything weighed and at hand, it is prepared in the blink of an eye.

The braised lamb shanks are best served with a Roble from the D.O. Ribera del Duero. My favourite is the GallinitaCiega from Bodega Arrocal.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The blog of Cortijo El Sarmiento will be written and maintained mostly by me; I’m Yvonne, taking care of your reservations, as well as being your attendant on-site.

Der Blog von Cortijo El Sarmiento wird hauptsächlich von mir geschrieben und gepflegt, ich bin Yvonne und kümmere mich um deine Reservierungen und bin auch deine Ansprechpartnerin vor Ort.

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