Sunday, January 24, 2021

Braised Beef Shanks

Our neighbors, who raise beef cattle, were cleaning out their freezer getting ready for their new beef and they brought us several packages labeled soup bones.  As it turned out there were some neck bone packages but more than half of them were beef shanks (the leg bone with meat attached).  So we made some rich beef broth from the neck bones and used the shanks to make Emeril’s recipe for Braised Beef Shanks

Since his recipe used four shanks and I had 11, I changed the ingredients to get what is shown below and while he cooked his entire meal in one pot on the cooktop, I did the braising in the oven in a large pan so my instructions are very different.  Emeril’s original recipe can be found by clicking on the link above.

The first thing I did was to see if the meat would all fit into my pan.

Braised Beef ShanksAdapted from Emeril Lagasse


1 cup olive oil

Salt and black pepper

11 beef shanks, about 1” thick

1 cup or so flour

3 cups medium diced onions

2 cup medium diced celery

2 cup medium diced carrots

3 tablespoons chopped garlic

4 bay leaves

¾ tablespoons dried thyme

2 cup red wine

2 quarts beef stock

Mashed potatoes, for serving


1.Add the olive oil to a 12” skillet or saute pan. Season the shanks with salt and pepper and a sprinkle Emeril’s Essence.

2. Dredge the shanks in the flour, add in batches to the pan, and sear for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until nicely browned on both sides. Remove the shanks and set in the baking pan.

3. Add the onions to the pan and saute for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Add the celery and carrots and continue to saute for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Stir in the garlic, bay leaves, and thyme. Cook for 1 minute.

6. Deglaze the pan with the red wine, scraping the bottom and sides to loosen the browned particles.

7. Add the stock. Bring the liquid up to a boil.

8. Pour the liquid and vegetables evenly over the shanks and seal the pan with foil.

9. Cook in a 350F oven for two hours (likely longer for thicker shanks), until meat is very tender and coming off the bone.  (I had to pick them up with a spatula).

10. Serve the shanks over mashed potatoes and spoon some of the gravy over the top.

The Verdict:

We all thought the meal was very good, the shanks were delicious and falling off the bone tender, but still moist.  This is a definite keeper recipe, and a great way to use the beef shanks.  Comfort food at it’s best on a cool winter, pandemic day.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


1/21/21 meal date


  1. Larry, Who doesn't love a good beef shank cooked slow and low like this! Comfort food for sure! Nice to have neighbors who pass on their extra beef... Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  2. The only time I cook shank is veal for osso buco. It's so creamy and rich, I'd love to compare it to regular "adult" shank. Except, I never see beef shank for sale at the grocery store. Emeril's recipe is similar to Osso B, except he doesn't add the tomato factor. This looks wonderful Larry, and over mashed potatoes, I can only imagine how good this was.

  3. How lucky you are to have neighbors like that! What a delicious way to prepare and serve them.

  4. Truly comfort food at its finest. Lucky you to have such a nice neighbor.

  5. Wow, do I ever love beef shanks! I especially love these served over polenta. Such a comforting meal.


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