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Braised Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate Glaze


Our family, like most, have tried-and-true holiday traditions that we follow and cherish each year. Not surprisingly, many of my family’s holiday rituals center on food! I love the personal culinary challenge of presenting a new dish to see if it has what it takes to “make the team” of our beloved holiday menus. In 2020, I perfected an ideal dish for Passover: Braised Lamb Shanks. The pomegranate juice adds a bit of sweetness that brings out the delectable flavor of the lamb. And with this beautiful presentation, no one will believe that it took just five minutes to prep. Your family and holiday guests will definitely be impressed with this easy and delicious recipe. It’s destined to be the star of your holiday dinner table.


Braised Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate Glaze

(DF, GF, NF, SF) 

Prep time: 5 mins             

Cook time: 3 hours 

Serves: 4


2 cups pomegranate juice

1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon chopped rosemary

1 teaspoon salt

3 chopped garlic cloves

3 lamb shanks (around 4 pounds)



  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Mix pomegranate juice, honey, rosemary, salt, and garlic cloves in a large gallon size Ziploc bag.
  3. Add the lamb shanks to the bag and if possible, let it marinate several hours in the refrigerator.
  4. This recipe can be made in a Dutch Oven pot or in a slow cooker.
  5. If making in the oven, pour all ingredients in the Dutch Oven pot, add 1/2 cup water, cover and bake for 3 hours at 300 degrees.
  6. If making in a slow cooker, pour all ingredients in the slow cooker, add in 1/2 cup water, cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.


Karen Nochimowski is the author of 6-Minute Dinners (& More!), a newly released cookbook filled with of over 100 simple and delicious kosher recipes with six ingredients or less, including nut-free and allergy-friendly options, to help busy families get dinner on the table with ease. You will find wonderful testimonials in the book from Gloria Estefan, Alex Borstein, Katie Couric, Howie Mandel, Margaret Cho, Barbara Corcoran and many others. Karen also started and runs Momma Chef’s Kosher Soup Kitchen and Momma Chef’s Little Free Pantries in Chicago, which provides food at no cost to those in need. So far Karen has provided over 20,000 kosher meals and over 15,000 pounds of non-perishable food. Part of the proceeds from the cookbook will go towards these projects. Visit

Join Sharsheret in the Kitchen for “6 Minute Dishes” a cooking class with Karen Nochimowski on Wednesday, March 22 at 11am PT as she teaches us how to make a few delicious healthy dishes from her debut cookbook. Register at This program is part of the “Sharsheret in the Kitchen” series, which brings nutritious kosher meal options to help empower all of us at risk for breast and ovarian cancer to make healthier dietary choices thanks to generous support from Cedars-Sinai, and The Cooperative Agreement DP19-1906 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sharsheret, a non-profit organization, is the Jewish breast cancer and ovarian cancer community. If you or someone you love has been impacted by breast or ovarian cancer, or has elevated genetic risk, contact Sharsheret for free support and resources. For more information, visit or call (866) 474-2774.


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