Palestinian Lamb Shank Recipe

palestinian lamb shank recipe


  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • Fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs for garnish
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Season the Lamb Shanks:
    • Season the lamb shanks with ground cumin, ground coriander, ground cinnamon, ground allspice, salt, and black pepper. Rub the spices into the meat.
  3. Sear the Lamb Shanks:
    • In a large oven-safe pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear the lamb shanks on all sides until they develop a golden-brown crust. Remove shanks and set aside.
  4. Sauté Onions and Garlic:
    • In the same pot, add the chopped onions and minced garlic. Sauté until the onions become translucent.
  5. Add Tomatoes and Tomato Paste:
    • Stir in the diced tomatoes and tomato paste, cooking for a few minutes until the tomatoes break down.
  6. Deglaze with Wine (Optional):
    • Pour in the red wine (if using) to deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
  7. Return Lamb Shanks:
    • Place the seared lamb shanks back into the pot.
  8. Pour Broth:
    • Pour in the chicken or beef broth until the lamb shanks are almost submerged.
  9. Braise in Oven:
    • Cover the pot and transfer it to the preheated oven. Allow the lamb shanks to braise for 2 to 2.5 hours or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone.
  10. Garnish and Serve:
    • Remove from the oven. Garnish with fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs and chopped parsley before serving.
  11. Serve Hot:
    • Serve the Palestinian lamb shanks hot over a bed of couscous or rice. Spoon some of the flavorful cooking juices over the top.

This Palestinian Lamb Shank recipe yields tender, succulent meat with aromatic spices and a rich broth. It’s a perfect dish for special occasions or a hearty family dinner. Enjoy the delicious flavors of Palestinian cuisine!

5/5 - (11 votes)

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