Persian Lamb Shanks

This Persian style lamb shanks is one of the best lamb shanks recipes you can find. In this style, lamb shanks has to be slow cooked in saffron and different spices which make them incredibly delicious. Long cooking at a low temperature is the traditional method of making this lamb shank dish.


  • 4 lamb shanks, (about 1.3 kg)
  • 3 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground saffron
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Dissolve ground saffron in 1/2 cup boiling water and set aside (click for How to Use Saffron).
  2. Heat the butter and oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add half of the sliced onions and saute for 5-6 minutes. Add the turmeric powder and stir. Put the lamb shanks on the onions.
  3. ..........................................

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