Lamb Shanks with Red Wine & Garlic Sauce (Pressure Cooker)

Susan, AKA Kiwicook
Susan, AKA Kiwicook

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

In her days as a recipe developer, Susan has created over 450 recipes. Her Dutch and New Zealander roots serve as a basis for her culinary inspiration.

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Lamb shanks with red wine and garlic sauce

Pressure cookers – what a great invention! Particularly for those of us who toil from 9-5 and frankly don’t have the energy to start cooking at the end of a tiring day.

I bought my first pressure cooker about a year ago through a Fly Buys scheme – you know, where you trade points for rewards… Well, it turned out to be a real dog and, much to my disgust, it crapped out a few months later. I decided that’d be the last time I bought a pressure cooker…

Okay, I was a bit hasty with that decision as it turned out, because I happened upon a much more reputable model at my favourite homeware store, marked down by a massive 60%. I figured at that price it was worth the punt, so I bit the bullet.

And, it’s been a love affair ever since! I’ve been making lots of super quick meals (chicken soup and bone broth are regulars) and just recently I tried out this recipe (thanks to Mrs Goodall from for Lamb Shanks with Red Wine & Garlic Sauce. Taking only 45 minutes from start to finish, you’d think this baby had been slow cooked for hours.

We’re talking tender meat falling off the bones here folks, doused in a seriously tasty sauce combining red wine, stock, garlic, tomato paste and rosemary. It was so good, I doubled the quantity and suggest you do too. Enjoy!

Lamb shanks with red wine and garlic sauce

Lamb Shanks With Red Wine & Garlic Sauce (Pressure Cooker)

Enjoy incredibly tender and flavorful Lamb Shanks with Red Wine Sauce. This pressure cooker recipe ensures fall-off-the-bone lamb with a rich, satisfying sauce.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Servings 2 servings
Calories 401 kcal


  • 1 Pressure cooker


For the lamb:

  • 2 lbs lamb shanks
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 pcs garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

For the sauce: (NB: This is a double quantity)

  • 1 cup chicken stock (or other preferred broth)
  • 1 cup port wine (I used pinot noir)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried or fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 1-2 tsp balsamic vinegar, to taste


  • Trim excess fat from the lamb shanks (if you prefer) and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the oil in the pressure cooker. Add the shanks and brown on all sides.
  • When the shanks are browned, add the garlic cloves and cook until the cloves are lightly browned, but not burned.
  • Add the stock, wine, tomato paste, and rosemary, stirring so the tomato paste dissolves.
  • Close the pressure cooker and bring up to full pressure. Once reached, reduce heat to low and
  • Cook for 30 minutes.*
  • Remove the pressure cooker from the heat and let the pressure release naturally.
  • Then remove the lamb shanks and cover them with foil to keep them warm.
  • Return the pan to the heat and boil the liquid, uncovered, for 5 minutes to reduce and thicken the sauce (or you could add a little cornflour (corn starch) if you're short for time).
  • Whisk in the butter, then add the vinegar.
  • Serve the lamb with some of the sauce poured over top, and put the remaining sauce in a pouring jug so it can be added as needed.


*Depending upon your pressure cooker, you might need to adjust cooking time to suit. The second time I made this, I cooked it for a further 10 minutes which ensured the meat was falling off the bone.


Calories: 401kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 43gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 491mgPotassium: 754mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 423IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 4mg
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Susan, also known as the Kiwi Cook, hails from Levin, New Zealand, and has a unique Kiwi-Dutch-British heritage that influenced her culinary upbringing. As an artist, tutor, writer, and editor, Susan dedicates her weekends to creating delectable dishes. Her food philosophy embraces moderation and listening to her body's needs.


  1. I’m fairly new to pressure cooking, but the few recipes I’ve used specify the optimum amount of pressure (cook 1 hour at 15 lb pressure)… what do you recommend?

    • Hi Jesica. Thanks for the question. I don’t have a fancy PC, just one that releases a valve when the pressure is attained so didn’t add that information, but for those of you who have such a cooker, the extra information is there now. All the best.


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