Lamb Shanks with White Wine-Garlic Sauce

Lamb shanks with white wine garlic sauce is a classic lamb shank recipe. Think tender lamb or goat shanks with a creamy sauce made from slowly cooked whole cloves of garlic and a splash of heavy cream. It’s a restaurant-quality dish you can make with lamb or goat shanks that’s relatively simple to prepare.

Lamb shanks with white wine garlic sauce on a plate next to mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts.
Braised lamb shanks with roasted garlic sauce, mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

A recipe for garlic lovers

The sauce is made almost exclusively of whole garlic cloves, so, if you like garlic, you’ll love this recipe. It’s very similar to the popular “Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic” recipe that many people will have heard of where the garlic is mellowed by the slow cooking, turning creamy and soft at the end, which means that even if you’re not a big fan of garlic (especially raw garlic) this is worth giving a try.

There’s some prep work in peeling a few bulbs of garlic for the dish, but once the shanks are cooked and tender, all you have to do is puree the pan juices into a sauce and it’s ready to serve. The images below describe how to make the dish.

Chef Alan Bergo
Chef Alan Bergo, The Forager Chef

This recipe is by Chef Alan Bergo, the Forager Chef. A chef from Minnesota, Alan is a culinary industry veteran, former executive chef of acclaimed Lucia’s Restaurant, and the Salt Cellar. Author of The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora, he’s one of the most respected voices in the world of foraging and wild food. He’s best known as the founder of Forager Chef, his website focused on wild ingredients that reaches millions of readers each year. Learn more about Chef Alan and his hunt for mushrooms, wild and obscure foods at 

Lamb shanks with white wine garlic sauce
Braised lamb shanks with garlic sauce.

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Lamb Shanks with White Wine Garlic Sauce

Lamb shanks cooked with a sauce made of many garlic cloves, white wine, and herbs. Serves 2 with leftovers
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Optional resting time8 hours
Total Time11 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: Goat Shanks, Lamb Shanks
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 528kcal


  • 1 Braising pot of Dutch Oven



  • 2 lbs goat or lamb shanks
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup lamb stock, chicken stock, or water
  • 6 oz peeled garlic cloves ends trimmed (roughly 3-4 bulbs of garlic)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary gently bruises with the back of a knife

Finishing the sauce

  • ¼ cup heavy cream


Cooking the shanks

  • Put the lamb shanks into a pot they can fit snugly. Add the remaining ingredients, cover with a piece of parchment, then cook at 250 F for 3 hours or until the lamb is tender and the meat gives when pierced. Discard the rosemary. Remove the pot to cool completely, then refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day, remove the fat that congeals on top and discard. Heat the pot to melt the liquid, then remove the shanks and set aside.

Heating and finishing the sauce

  • Transfer the cooking liquid and garlic cloves to a blender, puree until smooth, then transfer back to the pot, along with the heavy cream. Add the shanks to the pot, cook on medium to heat through, tasting and adjusting the seasoning of the sauce for salt until it tastes good to you.
  • The sauce should be smooth and slightly thickened like gravy.


  • To plate and serve, remove the shanks to a plates, then, if needed, adjust the consistency of the sauce by cooking on high heat to evaporate liquid and thicken it, or add a splash of water to loosen it.
  • Serve with rice or potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Pictured is seared Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes seasoned with cooked , chopped scallions, fresh parsley and dill.


Either back shanks or foreshanks can be used for this recipe. 


Serving: 1shank | Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 368mg | Potassium: 932mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 448IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 5mg