Osso Bucco-Style Beef Shank

Background and History

Osso Bucco-Style Beef Shank is a hearty and flavorful dish inspired by the traditional Italian osso buco, which typically features veal shanks braised with vegetables, white wine, and broth. This variation substitutes beef shanks for veal, resulting in a dish with rich, tender meat and a robust sauce. Originating from Milan, osso buco has become a beloved classic in Italian cuisine, cherished for its comforting flavors and rustic elegance.


  • 4 beef shanks, about 1 1/2 inches thick
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • All-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Gremolata for garnish (optional): chopped fresh parsley, garlic, and lemon zest




  • Preparation: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes


Season and Dredge the Shanks

Season the beef shanks generously with salt and pepper. Dredge each shank in flour, shaking off any excess.

Brown the Shanks

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the beef shanks and brown them on all sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the shanks from the pot and set aside.

Sauté the Vegetables

In the same pot, add the chopped onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

Deglaze the Pot

Pour in the white wine and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Allow the wine to simmer for a few minutes to reduce slightly.

Braise the Shanks

Return the beef shanks to the pot. Add the beef broth, diced tomatoes (with their juices), bay leaves, dried thyme, and dried rosemary. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

Simmer and Cook

Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer gently for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until the beef is tender and easily pulls apart with a fork.


Once the beef shanks are tender, remove them from the pot and place them on serving plates. Spoon the vegetables and sauce over the shanks. Garnish with gremolata, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 450
  • Total Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 150mg
  • Sodium: 800mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 50g


For extra flavor, you can add a splash of balsamic vinegar or tomato paste to the sauce.

Osso Bucco-Style Beef Shank is traditionally served with risotto or mashed potatoes to soak up the delicious sauce.

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for longer storage.

Allergy Warning:

This dish contains beef and vegetables. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions, please consult the ingredient

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