Whole roasted beef shank recipe

I’d been wanting to make a Whole Roasted Beef Shank Recipe for a long time but its really hard to find one. I was on a MISSION to find this Flintstonian piece of meat so I went to a couple of supermarkets and asked the meat guys if they could order one but no dice. Finally I found a whole beef shank at Great Wall, an Asian market with outlets in Duluth, GA as well as New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia.(This post is NOT sponsored, I really shop at Great Wall. It’s quite a hike to get to Great Wall so I bring a large cooler bag and stock up on the things I need pork belly, octopus and such) It wasn’t stocked with the other meat but they did have some sliced beef shank in the meat case. I asked one of the guys behind the meat counter if they had a whole one, he went in the back and carried out a nine and half pound beef shank. He offered to cut it for me and was surprised when I declined. It was $3.49 per pound for a total of $33

Whole roasted beef shank recipe

Beef shank is a big, tough piece of meat with a huge bone running through the center. The beef shank has a bit of fat and sinew that needed trimming but not much. With a knife I cut slits into the shank all over, deep into the meat. I rubbed the meat with my seasoning blend pushing some into the slits. I roasted it low and slow on a bed of onions, covered until it was tender and all the tendons inside began too melt. Then I removed the cover, cranked up the heat and let it get brown and crispy on the outside.

With a fat separator I de-fatted the juices left in the pan after roasting and served that jus along side the roasted meat and braised onions from the bottom of the pan.

After it’s finished cooking the meat on one end of the beef shank shrinks back from the bone making it look like some medieval weapon, sort of Game Of Thrones-ish…I think, I don’t watch the show, but I digress.


Whole roasted beef shank

Whole Roasted Beef Shank #recipe

Demetra Overton
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 whole beef shank about 9-10 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 large onion


  • Heat your oven to 325 degrees
  • Remove excess (but not all) fat and silver skin from the beef shank
  • Cut deep slits into the beef shank all over
  • Mix the spices together and rub them all over the shank, pressing the spices into the slits.
  • Line a roasting pan with high sides (at least 2 1/2 to 3 inches high) with aluminum foil (this is optional but it makes cleanup much easier)
  • Slice the onion into 1/3 inch rings and place them in the bottom of the roasting pan
  • Place the beef shank on top of the onion slices.
  • Cover the entire top of the pan with foil sealing the sides all around to keep the steam in
  • Cook the shank for 4 1/2 to 5 hours until the shank is tender
  • Remove the foil and turn the oven temperature up to 450 degrees
  • Roast uncovered for 10 minutes, turning once to get all sides browned.
  • Strain the juices and pour through a fat separator and serve with the beef shank and braised onions

Whole Roasted Beef Shank Recipe



32 Comments on Whole Roasted Beef Shank Recipe

    May 29, 2019 at 6:03 pm (5 years ago)

    As a former restaurant owner, I am going through my freezer at home and found a HUGE package of two beef shanks, found your recipe, they are in the oven. I have cooked a lot of different meats in large cuts, but never Beef Shank, I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for leaving this post up all these years.

    • Demetra Overton
      May 30, 2019 at 2:27 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi Sharon! I’m so glad you forund the recipe. It’s a longtime favorite of mine

  2. Patty
    July 21, 2018 at 4:27 pm (6 years ago)

    I just found a butcher that has huge shanks – 10 to 25 pounds. Will try this, adjusting for the increased size.

    • Demetra Overton
      July 25, 2018 at 10:41 pm (6 years ago)

      Wow, Patty, that is going to be AWESOME! I would love to see how this turns out, thanks so much for reading

  3. Marc
    October 13, 2015 at 3:39 pm (9 years ago)

    I just got a whole shank included with a quarter of beef. Can’t wait to try out this recipe.

    • Demetra Overton
      October 14, 2015 at 1:21 am (9 years ago)

      That’s great Marc. I’d love to see a picture when you cook it. Send it to my Facebook page if you don’t mind, THANKS! https://www.facebook.com/SweetSavant

  4. David Miller
    April 28, 2015 at 4:07 pm (9 years ago)

    Thank you, this is so detailed!! It sounds amazing and I will be making it this week,Your step by step is great.

  5. Jennifer E.
    March 30, 2015 at 4:11 pm (9 years ago)

    I’ve never cooked a shank before, but I wanted to literally lick the pictures on my screen. WOW that looks yummy!

  6. gingermommyrants
    March 30, 2015 at 3:37 pm (9 years ago)

    This looks like such a delicious meal. I have never tried to cook a whole beef shank before. I will have to try this recipe soon.

  7. Christie
    March 30, 2015 at 4:03 am (9 years ago)

    My mouth is watering looking at the pics. Wow, I haven’t had a beef shank like this one before

  8. melisasource
    March 30, 2015 at 12:58 am (9 years ago)

    This looks and sounds like such a wonderful dish! I will have to try this one at home!

  9. Donna
    March 29, 2015 at 10:08 pm (9 years ago)

    I’ve never cooked roast beef with the bone before but I bet it’s more flavorful with the bone. I know this sounds amazingly good! I can’t wait to try it!

  10. Kiwi
    March 29, 2015 at 7:06 pm (9 years ago)

    OMg that is a juicy shank!! It looks so good and I know men would appreciate this meaty dish!

  11. Estelle
    March 29, 2015 at 7:40 am (9 years ago)

    It reminds me of the type of food they serve in Medieval manor. My hubby loves those.

  12. Chrysa
    March 29, 2015 at 3:54 am (9 years ago)

    This looks so yummy! I have never tried to cook a beef shank before.

  13. Stacey- Travel Blogger
    March 29, 2015 at 1:25 am (9 years ago)

    It almost looks like one of those turkey legs that you get at the fair. Very tasty!

    • Demetra Overton
      March 29, 2015 at 1:37 am (9 years ago)

      I was thinking that too Stacey. You could walk around at the fair with that hunk of meat.

  14. Dawn McAlexander
    March 29, 2015 at 1:23 am (9 years ago)

    Not sure I have ever had beef shank before. But, it looks really tasty!

  15. Beth@FrugalFroggie
    March 28, 2015 at 9:52 pm (9 years ago)

    I have never cooked a shank before. Not sure I would know where to get one locally.

  16. Jeanine
    March 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh goodness! This looks amazing. I am going to try this asap! Yum

  17. Stefani Tolson
    March 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm (9 years ago)

    I love roast beef but I have never made it with a bone. Looks very good!

  18. Debbie Denny
    March 28, 2015 at 1:41 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh I am mouth watering over this. Looks so good.

  19. Danielle Bishop
    March 28, 2015 at 3:43 am (9 years ago)

    I love roast beef, i gotta make some soon.

  20. Crystal
    March 28, 2015 at 3:32 am (9 years ago)

    This looks like a glorious meal. The steps you took to create a flavorful meal are so apparent.

  21. Marcie W.
    March 28, 2015 at 1:45 am (9 years ago)

    I love the rustic look of a beef shank and the spice blend sounds perfect. What a delicious meal.

  22. Chrystal @ YUM eating
    March 27, 2015 at 11:37 pm (9 years ago)

    My husband would love this for dinner. We do a lot of roasts and stuff. It’s nice to slow roast them in the oven when the winter weather is looming. Now it is slowly warming up , so it will be time to resort to the crockpot.

  23. Dawn
    March 27, 2015 at 9:57 pm (9 years ago)

    That looks delicious! You can’t go wrong with a big hunk of cow!

  24. Liz Mays
    March 27, 2015 at 9:28 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh wow that looks cooked to perfection. This would make a great dinner for us!

  25. Catherine S
    March 27, 2015 at 6:10 pm (9 years ago)

    This looks really good. I have never made a beef shank before. I can’t wait to make this recipe.

  26. Pam
    March 27, 2015 at 3:49 pm (9 years ago)

    I’ve never made a whole beef shank before! The guys in my family would love it. They’re all about that beef.

  27. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    March 27, 2015 at 2:10 pm (9 years ago)

    That looks so yummy! My family is hard core carnivore, so this is the perfect recipe for us. Thank you!

  28. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    March 27, 2015 at 2:06 pm (9 years ago)

    I haven’t made a roast beef in forever and now I am scratching my head as to why. You have inspired me to add one to my shopping list 😉


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