Braised Lamb Shanks with Lemon and Fresh Tomatoes Pressure Cooker Recipe

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Braised Lamb Shanks With Lemon And Fresh Tomatoes Pressure Cooker Recipe


SERVES 4 – Cooker: 5- to 8-quart – Time: 25 minutes at HIGH pressure

  • 4 plum tomatoes, cored
  • 4 (1¼-pound) lamb shanks, trimmed of as much fat and connective tissue as possible
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose or rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, thickly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon.
  • 4 long strips lemon zest
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • ¼ cup beef or vegetable broth


  1. Drop the tomatoes into boiling water for 30 seconds, then remove with a slotted spoon and refresh in ice cold water
  2. Place on a paper towel and slip off the skins
  3. Cut in half, squeeze out the seeds, and crush with your hand
  4. Set aside
  5. Season the shanks all over with the salt and pepper to taste
  6. Place the flour in a plastic bag
  7. One at a time, add the lamb shanks to the flour and shake until they are coated evenly
  8. In a 5- to 8-quart pressure cooker, heat the oil over medium-high heat until very hot
  9. Add one or two shanks to the pot at a time and brown them lightly on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side
  10. Transfer the browned shanks to a plate
  11. Add the onion, carrots, and garlic to the pot and cook, stirring a few times, until lightly browned at the edges, about 5 minutes
  12. Add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, grated zest and strips, wine, and broth
  13. Bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot
  14. Return the shanks and any accumulated juices to the pot
  15. Spoon some of the liquid and vegetables over the meat
  16. Close and lock the lid
  17. Set the burner heat to high
  18. When the cooker reaches HIGH pressure, reduce the burner heat as low as you can and still maintain HIGH pressure
  19. Set a timer to cook for 25 minutes
  20. Remove the pot from the heat
  21. Open the cooker with the Natural Release method; let stand for 15 minutes
  22. Be careful of the steam as you remove the lid
  23. The vegetables should be cooked through and the meat fork-tender
  24. Using tongs and an oversized spoon, transfer the meat and vegetables to a storage container
  25. Discard the lemon strips
  26. Let cool
  27. Cover and refrigerate overnight
  28. The next day, spoon off the congealed fat from the top of the sauce
  29. Place the shanks and sauce in a deep saucepan and reheat
  30. Taste for salt
  31. Place a shank on each dinner plate and spoon the vegetables and sauce over the meat

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