Braised Beef Shanks

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Last week I picked up a bulk beef order from my farmer, Crown S. Ranch and within it were tons of packages of beef shanks. Never having cooked this cut before, I consulted my collection of AIP-friendly recipes on Pinterest as I was sure that I had pinned an autoimmune protocol friendly shank recipe not to long ago. This one comes from The Food Lover”s Kitchen, Bill and Hayley, who have a paleo entertaining cookbook called Gather coming out soon. All of the previews of the book look stunning, and I hope some of the recipes will be AIP friendly or at least able to be modified that way! Beef shanks are a pretty gnarly cut of meat – lots of fat and connective tissue, so be forewarned. Braising is just the ticket for these however, as it cooks them down until they are tender and amazing. Plus, you get a fair amount of marrow, which is great if you are in to that sort of thing!

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Originally from The Food Lover's Kitchen
Serves: 2-3
  • 2-4 beef shanks
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme plus a few extra sprigs
  • 1 cup bone broth
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Clean the shanks, pat them dry thoroughly and salt both sides to taste.
  2. Heat some of the coconut oil in the bottom of a skillet on medium-high heat. Sear the shanks for a few minutes a side, adding coconut oil if needed. Place seared shanks in a large baking dish.
  3. Turn down the heat on the skillet to medium and add the garlic and thyme leaves. Cook for a couple of minutes, until lightly browned and fragrant. Add bone broth and water to the skillet and boil to reduce slightly.
  4. Pour the broth mixture over the shanks, and add the remaining thyme sprigs. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and braise for 2 hours, or until fork-tender.


About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness and a co-teacher of AIP Certified Coach. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She has a Master's degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Nutrition, and is the author of three best-selling books--The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. You can watch her AIP cooking demos by following her on Instagram.


  • Chris says

    Best thing I have ever eaten. Amazing recipe.

  • Kir says

    I made this last night and I have to admit that I had my doubts. But, OMG! Soooooo good! I love all your recipes and I can’t wait to receive my copy of your cookbook in March! Thank you!

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  • Priscilla Hernandez Hacker says

    I’m wondering if it would work to substitute lamb shank in place of the beef, and perhaps rosemary in place of the thyme. What would you advise?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Priscilla, I don’t see why not!

  • Samantha Smithingell says

    Can I please eat this for every meal?? I am *SO* glad that I tried this recipe – and so early into starting my AIP journey. If you’re reading this and on the fence, say yes and double the recipe. Leftovers were even better!

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