Braised Beef Shanks Recipe

Shaina Olmanson | Food for My Family

Braised beef shanks: succulent, savory and irresistible. Add creamy polenta and you've got a meal that can't be beat.

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The sky rests, its grey casting a cooling light over the ground of a winter day. Ever so slowly, it begins, the snowflakes cascading down to earth. They are sparse at first, their crystalline shapes drifting with the wind as they fall in an enchanting ballet.

Sometime between the first afternoon dusting and sunset, the flakes grow in size to diminutive snowballs, taking on speed and heft in their descent. Now instead of dancing around, they are simply plummeting towards the ground, covering everything in a blanket of white.

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The morning snow blocks out all else, dampening sounds and causing the world to stay in bed just a few minutes longer, under cover of warm blankets. Schools are canceled, and the children squeal with glee before donning puffy pants and coats, enormous boots and padded mittens, their caps pulled tight down over their ears and heading out into the white expanse that was once the backyard.

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On these days for staying in, of refusing to venture out into the slush that inevitably follows a good snowfall, it's best to warm the house and create a little warm escape from the outside world in the most natural way possible: turning on the oven.

Let's talk braising. Braising is the method of cooking a tough piece of meat to make it fall-off-the-bone tender. It is not necessary for this meat to have a bone, but it often does. Sometimes it does. In this case it does.

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This means that we do need to set aside the time to allow the beef to cook, but the good part about this dish is that it warms your house and the smells of roasting waft through every room, can be made a few days in advance and easily reheated with excellent results for an on-the-go meal, and it is pure comfort food delight. Add a quick sautéed Brussels sprouts to the mix or a fresh green salad and you have a complete meal. Go over the top and add some garlic and cheese biscuits.

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Braised Beef Shanks Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 5 pounds Beef Shanks, 2-3 large, roughly 2-3" thick
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3 shallots Shallots, minced
  • 1 tablespoon All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 sprigs Fresh Rosemary, large
  • 29 4/5 ounces Guinness Draught, 2 cans
  • Polenta, cooked
  • 2 tablespoons Blue Cheese, for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed braising pan over medium-high heat. Season the beef shanks with salt and pepper. Sear the beef shanks, cooking for about 7 minutes on each side until a dark brown crust forms. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add in the shallots to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, until softened. Add in the flour and continue to cook another 3-4 minutes, until the flour is golden brown.
  4. Add the beef shanks back to the pot along with the rosemary sprigs. Pour the Guinness over them. Cover the braiser and move the pan to the oven.
  5. Braise in the oven for 3 hours.
  6. Remove from the oven. Uncover and pull the beef shanks from the sauce. Pull apart slightly on a plate.
  7. Skim any excess grease from the top of the sauce remaining in the pan. Cook the sauce over medium-high heat for 4 minutes or until thickened slightly. Add the meat back in pan and serve over polenta along with the bones, if desired. Sprinkle with blue cheese.


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Author: Shaina Olmanson
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 140 minutes
Total Time: 145 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 351
Calories 793

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g
  Saturated Fat 15g
Sodium 266mg
Total Carbohydrate 1g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 78g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Shaina Olmanson

About Shaina

Shaina has four kids and a drive to see them eating well for the rest of their lives. Food for my Family chronicles her adventures in feeding them, and she shares Family Meals here too.

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