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Braised Beef Shank Recipe

Prep Time
40 min
Total Time
3 hrs
Feeds 4 people
In this Recipe

Beef shanks are one of the most underrated cuts of beef in our book—they’re super affordable and super tasty.

Beef shanks are a cut that have a section of leg bone, along with the meat that surrounds the bone. Inside the bone is succulent marrow, and the meat is tougher yet richly flavored due to the constant use the leg muscles receive. If you take the time to braise these cuts, you will be rewarded with amazing flavored beef in a rich sauce.

If you’re a foodie – or someone who appreciates a good meal without spending a lot of money – we highly recommend trying this beef shank recipe! Let us know what you think of the recipe in the comments below, and enjoy!


  • 4 Beef Shanks
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Onion (diced)
  • 4 rib Celery (diced)
  • 4 Carrot (diced)
  • 4 clove Garlic (diced)
  • 4 sprig Thyme
  • 3 cup(s) Dry Red Wine (like Cabernet)


  1. Liberally season the beef shanks with salt and pepper. Add the oil to a large Dutch oven and heat to high heat. Once hot, add the shanks, and sear until browned on all sides. If the Dutch oven isn’t large enough to hold all 4 shanks at once, do this step in batch. Once the beef is browned, remove from the Dutch oven and set aside.

  2. Lower the heat to medium heat, and add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic. Stir to combine, coating the vegetables with the oil and beef drippings. Cook until softened, about 5-10 minutes.

  3. Add the shanks and thyme on top of the vegetables. Pour in the red wine until the shanks are just about covered, but not completely covered. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

  4. After simmering, cover the Dutch oven and place in an oven preheated to 300ºF. Cook for 2 – 3 hours, until the shanks are tender.

  5. Once shanks are tender, remove the Dutch oven from the oven, and remove the thyme and shanks from the Dutch oven. Using an immersion blender, blend the vegetables and liquid into a smooth sauce. Alternatively, pour the liquid into a blender, and blend into a smooth sauce. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

  6. Serve the shanks over mashed potatoes with a generous helping of sauce and chopped parsley for garnish. Enjoy!

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4 Reviews for Braised Beef Shank

    5, 5

    Wonderful technique. I added a small can of tomato paste to the wine. We now have poor man’s Oso Bucco!

      That’s a great addition! Glad you enjoyed and thanks for sharing.

    This recipe knocked my socks off! I didn’t have red wine, so I used Brandy instead, half a cup mixed with a quarter cup of water. (I did a quarter recipe because it’s just me.) I had never cooked Shanks before, but it was so delicious that I went back to the store to buy more and put them in the freezer! Absolutely delicious!

      That’s a great substitution idea. So glad you enjoyed it!