Pure sea salt from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Sel artisanal fait sur Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Slow cooked lamb shank recipe. We’re licking our chops!


  • 4 lamb shanks
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chile
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, quartered and finely sliced
  • 6 sticks celery, quartered and finely sliced
  • 2 medium-large onions, quartered and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 6 fluid ounces (170 milliliters) dry white wine
  • 2 (14-ounce/400 gram) tins whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 handful fresh basil or parsley, roughly chopped


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

Season the lamb with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Smash up the coriander seeds and chile and mix with the dried oregano. Roll the lamb in this mixture, pressing it in well. Dust the lamb with the flour.

Heat a thick-bottomed casserole pan, add the oil, brown the meat on all sides and then remove from the pan. Add the garlic, carrot, celery, onions, chopped rosemary, and a pinch of salt and sweat them until softened. Add the balsamic vinegar and allow it to reduce to a syrup. Pour in the white wine and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the tinned tomatoes, kept whole. Shake the pan and return the lamb to it. Bring to a boil, put on the lid and simmer in the oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours (we’ve cooked for up to 2-1/2 hours), then remove the lid and cook for a further 1/2 hour. Skim off any fat and taste for seasoning. Finally, stir in a handful of roughly chopped fresh basil or parsley.

May 19, 2020