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slow cooked lamb shanks in the oven

Slow Roasted Lamb Shanks In Foil Packets

  • Author: Lilian B.
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These tender lamb shanks are slow-roasted in foil packets for 4 hours with carrots, potatoes, garlic, and onions. This is Yassmine's famous recipe and my go-to lamb shank recipe!


  • 4 Lamb Shanks each weighing between 1 lb to 1.5 lbs
  • 4 potatoes (sweet potatoes if Paleo)
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 medium onions
  • 8 garlic cloves (cut in half)
  • 4 tsp garlic flakes
  • 1 cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • 4 tsp oregano or thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste


Make the Marinade

  1. Combine yogurt, salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic flakes in a bowl. Massage marinade into lamb shank and put in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight. If short on time, go to the next step straight away.

Prepare the Foil Packets

  1. Chop vegetables. Layer parchment paper on top of foil about the size of a cookie sheet. Place cut vegetables onto parchment paper and add salt and pepper to taste. Put lamb shank onto cut vegetables.
  2. Wrap an inner layer of parchment paper around the lamb shank and vegetables. Wrap foil tightly around parchment paper. Wrap a second layer of foil extremely tightly.

Cook the Lamb Shanks

  1. Cook for 4 hours at 300 ℉ or 150 ℃.
  2. Remove from oven and unwrap foil and parchment paper. Tuck parchment paper/foil into the sides of the lamb shanks. Broil lamb shanks at 450 ℉ or 230 ℃ for a few minutes to brown top. Make sure the parchment paper is properly tucked underneath the lamb shanks, so it doesn't catch on fire.


  • Ideally, the lamb shanks should marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, however, this time can be skipped in running short on time.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • If following the Paleo diet, the yogurt can be omitted.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: Egyptian


  • Serving Size: 1 shank
  • Calories: 534
  • Sugar: 24 g
  • Sodium: 246 mg
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60 g
  • Fiber: 11 g
  • Protein: 51 g
  • Cholesterol: 3 mg

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