If you’re wondering how to cook beef shanks, you’ve come to the right place!
This collection of easy and delicious Beef Shank Recipes includes a variety of great flavors from all over the world. And every time the meat comes out succulent and tender.
With an array of soups, stews, braised dishes and more to choose from, you’ll never be wondering what to make with beef shanks again.
So cook your way through all of these amazing beef shank recipes, and find out all that this cut of meat has to offer!
Beef Shank Recipes:
1. Caldo de Res (Mexican Beef & Vegetable Soup)
The classic Caldo de Res is a Mexican Beef and Vegetable Soup. This one will be your new favorite soup that you can enjoy at any time of the year.
It’s melt-in-your-mouth beef that you simmer for hours in a flavorful bone broth, along with various colorful vegetables cooked to perfection.
One sip, and you will love it.
2. Osso Buco
Osso Buco is a classic Italian dish. If you are looking for comfort food, this is the best!
In this slow-cooked masterpiece, your fall-apart tender shank is bathed in a rich tomato and white wine sauce. The sauce delivers a hearty and sumptuous flavor.
It’s traditionally served with saffron risotto, but also pairs amazingly with mashed potatoes, polenta, or pasta.
Try it, and you will love it.
3. Beef Birria Tacos
Making Beef Birria Tacos at home is easy. They are loaded with fragrant flavors and ingredients that are best paired together.
Follow this easy recipe to make the perfect Birria. Then, put it in a corn tortilla with Cotija cheese and your favorite Mexican fixings.
Once you have made this version, you will not make any other style. This one is pure bliss.
4. Nihari (Beef Shank Stew)
Here’s a recipe from the Indian subcontinent — Nihari, aka Beef Shank Stew. It is a popular dish and very easy to make at home.
It features large chunks of tender beef shank simmered in a silky, rich, and mouth-watering gravy. If prepared correctly, it falls apart in your mouth. If you pair it with freshly baked naan, roti, or phulka, you will have a meal for the whole family.
It’s one of the easiest recipes to make, so give it a try.
5. Pho with Beef Shanks
Pho with Beef Shanks is a soulful, hearty bowl of goodness from Vietnam that you can make at home.
This recipe will easily guide you through it. It will tell you the best ingredients to buy and give you some easy tips on delivering a delicious bowl of soup.
You will be thankful you were introduced to this version of Pho soup.
6. Red Wine Braised Beef Shank
Try this Red Wine Braised Beef Shank recipe if you want a masterpiece for a special event. Impress everyone with its fancy appearance and delicious taste.
This simple recipe needs ingredients that deliver the most unique flavors. Slowly braising the meat makes it incredibly tender. Add the savory and rich sauce, and this soup tastes divine.
You will enjoy making this delectable beef shank soup.
7. Slow Cooker Braised Beef Shank (Sataejjim)
If you enjoy making slow cooker recipes, try Sataejjim, a popular Korean soup. It is made with beef shank that’s traditionally braised.
In this recipe, bite-sized beef shank is simmered alongside many root vegetables and Korean seasonings. These seasonings create a delicious and savory dish.
Try this slow cooker dish and introduce everyone to some fascinating Korean flavors.
8. Braised Beef Shank Ragu
Braised Beef Shank Ragu is a thick and richly flavored meat-based sauce you’ll love.
This recipe needs a lot of time and attention, but don’t worry. It will pay off in the end.
Serve this luxurious sauce over your favorite pasta, gnocchi, or polenta, and make a hearty dinner every time.
9. Beef Shank Noodle Soup
Are you craving a hot bowl of noodle soup? This recipe for Beef Shank Noodle Soup is your best option.
If you have a braised beef shank and broth, making this noodle soup is very easy. Just add savory ingredients and some boiled noodles. That’s it. Your soup is ready in less than 20 minutes.
It’s a must-have for your recipe box.
10. Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)
Bo Kho is a Vietnamese Beef Stew that oozes with many flavors, from spices and aromatics, like lemon grass to star anise.
It might be intimidating to make this stew because it has a long list of ingredients. Don’t be discouraged, however. The ingredients are easy to find. You will use all of them for marination. Follow the recipe to get the best flavors out of this dish.
The Vietnamese traditionally eat this as a beef noodle soup with rice noodles or a baguette. You can pair it with anything you like, though.
11. Braised Beef with Mixed Mushrooms
Do you want a belly-warming and soul-comforting meal for a chilly night? If the answer is yes, this Braised Beef with Mixed Mushrooms is the best choice.
This rich and savory dish is made with slow-braised beef shank, delicious earthy mushrooms, beef stock, and red wine.
Serve this over your favorite mashed potatoes and enjoy a hearty meal.
12. Beef Shank Layered Fatteh
Beef Shank Layered Fatteh is similar to your favorite nachos. It’s piled high with several layers of textures and flavors.
This dish is covered with chickpeas, hummus, yogurt with garlic, and juicy beef shank. It’s topped with fresh parsley and toasted pita bread.
You’ll love to dig into this fantastic Middle Eastern dish. It can also be an excellent meal for when you have company.
13. Filipino Beef & Peanut Stew (Kare-Kare)
Here’s another stew recipe from the Philippines. It’s a super flavorful Beef and Peanut Stew that you will relish.
This kare-kare has a marigold color and contains tender, fall-apart meat and vegetables.
Make a large batch of this beef stew and relish it for the entire week.
14. Slow Cooker Beef Shank Stew
If you like beefy flavors in your stew, you’ll love this Slow Cooker Beef Shank Stew recipe. A slow cooker gets the best flavors from this thicker and tougher meat, making it tender and flavorful.
This stew contains a fall-apart chunk of beef. Perfectly cooked potatoes, carrots, and onions add flavor to the stew.
The slow cooker takes time, but the result is so delectable that it’s worth the wait.
Bulalo is a classic Filipino broth soup that will warm your belly and soul.
Making Bulalo is very easy. Cut some vegetables, add seasonings, and wait for the beef shank to slow cook to tenderness.
This flavorful soup is both filling and delicious. It is perfect for the colder months.
16. Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Beef Shanks
This Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Beef Shanks recipe is the easiest and most flavorful one you will ever find.
To make this in your slow cooker, you will need beef shank, garlic, broth, dried herbs, and seasoning. That’s it. Follow the steps to make the most comforting dish you’ve ever had.
You can also make this dish low-carb, paleo, or Whole30 adaptable and use your Instant Pot.
17. Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup
Skip takeout and try making Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup at home with the help of your favorite gadget, an Instant Pot!
This dish contains tender beef, rich broth with spice, bok choy, Chinese pickled mustard, fresh scallions, and cilantro. These ingredients make this soup divine. It has the perfect combination of flavors.
Are you looking for something different for your holiday celebration menu? Why not try Cocido, a classic Filipino dish?
This version is inspired by the Spanish hotpot, loaded with freshly cured meat, mixed vegetables, sweet fruits, and chickpeas. These are simmered in a well-seasoned stock to create a hearty meal.
However, you don’t have to wait for a holiday to make this classic. It’s perfect for Sunday dinners, too.
19. Boeuf Bourguignon
This Boeuf Bourguignon recipe helps you easily make the classic French dish at home, and tips help make this stew very flavorful.
It has taken a few simple ingredients and turned them into a classy and flavorful dish. What are you waiting for? Try this classic at home and impress everyone.
This hearty stew was originally Spanish. However, today there are many versions of puchero. This recipe is from Mexico.
Its ingredients complement each other perfectly, producing an irresistible bowl of comfort food.
Try this version. You’ll love it.
21. Beef Shank Barbacoa
Try this Beef Shank Barbacoa recipe. It’s a classic Mexican dish with a delicious taste and tender, juicy, and fall-off-the-bone beef.
The meat and broth are flavored with aromatics like dried Guajillo peppers, dried chile de Arbol, Mexican oregano, and bay leaves in this recipe. These ingredients are what makes this dish so savory.
Try this recipe soon. Make yourself the best Mexican delight you’ve ever had.
22. Smoked Beef Shank
If you want to impress your loved ones with a deliciously different meal, this Smoked Beef Shank recipe is one you should try.
It might seem intimidating to make this beef dish. But it’s quite simple to whip up, and almost everything is hands-off.
Make sure you follow this recipe to the letter. If you do, you’ll receive rave reviews.
23. Jangjorim (Soy Braised Beef)
Jangjorim, aka Soy Braised Beef, is a popular side dish in Korea. You can replicate the same delicious flavors with this fantastic recipe.
To make this dish, start with a flavorful broth, cook the meat until tender, and add soy sauce and other seasonings for the best flavor.
You will love the slightly sweet and salty flavors, which can be eaten in small bites. This dish goes with almost any of your favorite Korean mains.
24. Chinese Spiced Braised Beef Shank
This Chinese Spiced Braised Beef Shank could be the best and most flavorful companion for your vegetables and rice or noodle soups.
This recipe helps you to make the super flavorful and rich braising liquid, which makes your beef shank just too good to be true.
When you really want something savory as a side, try this recipe.
25. Braised Chile Colorado Beef Shanks
Meet your new family’s favorite Mexican comfort food: Braised Chile Colorado Beef Shank. It’s incredibly hearty and delicious.
This dish has deep, robust flavors thanks to the amazing sauce that takes this beef shank to the next level of deliciousness.
Try this amazing version of Mexican comfort food, and seriously wow everyone.
26. Kabsa with Beef Shanks
Want a stunning main course for your guests? Then you should make Kabsa with Beef Shank, a very popular Middle Eastern dish.
This divine dish is made with warm rice, cubed vegetables, and cooked beef shanks in one pot. Later, you can add toasted almonds to make it extra delicious.
You can make many variations at home, but this recipe is easier than others. So, if you cannot make this for a guest tonight, you should make it for your loved ones.
27. Beef Shanks in Guinness
This recipe, Beef Shank in Guinness, is to enjoy on a cold night and has a bit more class.
You will love this traditional Irish recipe. All you have to do is sear the meat, sauté some onions, and add Guinness. Then slow cook the beef until it becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender.
It pairs well with Irish stout and brown bread. We guarantee your entire family will devour this dish.
28. Gospel Shank with Smoked Gouda Grits
Treat yourself and others to this Gospel Shank with Smoked Gouda Grits recipe. You can make any event or weeknight dinner memorable.
This popular dish has tender-braised beef shank cooked with smoky, cheesy grits, which get some extra flavor from smoking before braising.
You must follow this recipe to the letter. If you do, everyone will love it.
29. Bun Bo Hue (Spicy Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)
Bun Bo Hue is another classic Vietnamese soup. It’s not as famous as pho, but many still love it.
This soup is full of spicy beef and robust flavors. We’re sure you’re going to be a fan. This recipe is also a labor of love, and the ingredients might be intimidating. But don’t worry. You can find them easily in your neighborhood Asian store. Your efforts will pay off incredibly.
Once you’ve made this, you will add it to your repertoire of favorite dishes.
30. Chinese Beef Salad
Let’s end our list with Chinese Beef Salad. It’s a straightforward recipe that you need to keep handy.
If you have braised beef shank ready, you can whip up this dish in 10 minutes without cooking.
Serve this flavorful salad as an appetizer, use it in a rice bowl meal, or make a hearty sandwich. You can use it any way you want.
Try this remarkable salad and wow your family and friends.
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- 2-2.5 lbs beef shank
- 1-1.5 lbs chuck roast, cut into big chunks
- 12 cups water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 3/4 tsp black pepper, ground
- 3 tsp cumin
- 1 small onion, cut into big chunks
- 1 whole garlic head
- 3 carrots, cut into big chunks
- 3 celery, cut into big chunks
- 5-6 potatoes, cut into big chunks
- 4 green onions
- 1 small bunch of mint
- 1 small bunch of cilantro
- 1.5 zucchinis, cut into big chunks
- 3 corn cobs, cut into big chunks
- Handful of green beans
- 1 small cabbage, cut into wedges
- In a large soup pot (we used a 7qt dutch oven), place beef shank (whole pieces ), chuck roast cubes, 12 cups of water, bay leaves, whole garlic head, onion, salt, pepper and cumin powder. Mix well. Bring this to boil, then reduce the temperature to medium low and let it simmer.
- Once the meat starts cooking, some greasy foam will start appearing on top of the broth. Remove as much as possible to get the clear broth.
- Simmer the Caldo, covered, anywhere in from 2.5 hours to 3 hour plus, till your meat is tender.
- Discard the whole garlic head and bay leaves. Add in cilantro, mint and green onion, along with carrots and celery. Cook for another 30-40 minutes, uncovered.
- Add in potatoes and green beans. Cook for 10- 15 minutes, uncovered.
- Add corn and zucchini, simmer for another 10-15 minutes, uncovered.
- Add in zucchini, cook till all the vegetables are cooked, yet hold a little crunch, about 10-15 more minutes.
- Discard the bones from the beef shank, Cut the larger meat chunks into your desired size.
- Serve the caldo immediately with a dash of lime, cilantro and hot sauce or salsa (optional) .
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