Lamb Shanks Braised with Tomatoes and Fennel
15 MIN
3 H

Lamb Shanks Braised with Tomatoes and Fennel


  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 2 fennel bulbs, stems removed and cut into wedges
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Pernod or other anise-flavored liqueur
  • 1-28 oz (796 ml) can of stewed tomatoes
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 2 cans 14 oz (398 ml) of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Salt and pepper


  1. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 170 °C (325 °F).
  2. In a large ovenproof pan, brown the shanks on all sides in 30 ml (2 tablespoons) oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set the shanks aside on a plate.
  3. Remove the fat from the pan. Brown the fennel and onion in the remaining oil. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Deglaze with the Pernod and reduce until almost dry.
  4. Put the lamb back in the pan. Add the tomatoes and rosemary. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook for about 2 ½ hours or until the meat falls off the bone. Add the beans and cook for 15 additional minutes. Remove the rosemary. Adjust seasoning.


Freezes well.