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What to Serve with Red Wine Lamb Shanks (20 Simple Sides)

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You’re in luck if you’re seeking for something to serve with lamb shanks in red wine!

I have 20 delectable sides and snacks that will go well with your special feast.

Also see: Lamb Shank Wine Pairings: The Best Wines for Lamb Shanks

Whether you’re organizing a romantic Sunday dinner for two or a large family gathering, these simple side dishes will allow you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests.

So grab some lamb shanks and lets get cookin!

What to Serve with Lamb Shanks in Red Wine?

What to Serve with Lamb Shanks in Red Wine (20 Easy Sides)

Mashed potatoes are the most typical side dish served with lamb shanks in red wine. Lamb and potatoes are a traditional pairing, and the rich sauce from the wine enhances both tastes.

You may also serve your lamb shanks with roasted veggies on the side. This will allow you to use up any leftover veggies from your refrigerator, which might happen when you have a large supper planned.

For more ideas, check these sides out:

1. Grilled Asparagus

This is a great side dish for lamb shanks.

It’s simple to prepare, and the taste combination of asparagus, lemon juice, and olive oil is absolutely divine.

Plus, its healthy!

  1. Preheat your grill over medium-high heat before beginning this dish.
  2. Trim any woody ends from the asparagus stalks while the grill is heating up (you can use kitchen shears for this).
  3. Cover them with foil and 4 cup water.Then set them in a baking dish with approximately 1 cup of water.
  4. Place them on top of the grill for approximately 10 minutes, or until soft but still hard enough to eat with a fork. Depending on how thick your asparagus is, this may take longer or shorter (it’s alright if they become somewhat browned).
  5. When they’re done, move them to a serving tray and sprinkle with olive oil and lemon juice while they’re still hot to absorb some of the flavors.
  6. Serve immediately!

2. Roasted Potatoes

Potatoes are a simple side dish that can go with practically anything and are usually a crowd favorite!

To make them especially tasty, mix them with olive oil, salt, and pepper before roasting them at 425 degrees Fahrenheit until soft on the inside but still crisp on the exterior.

3. Mashed Potatoes

If you have potatoes on hand, even if they are just ordinary old russets, you can mash them up and serve them with your lamb shanks with little work other than peeling and slicing them into smaller pieces before boiling them until cooked (approximately 15 minutes).

4. Roasted Cauliflower

Another fantastic option to add a little bit more to your dinner without having to labor over the stove for hours on end is to roast cauliflower.Toss some florets in olive oil, salt, pepper, and anything else you like (I like fresh herbs), then roast them at 425 degrees Fahrenheit until soft on the inside but crisp on the outside.

5. Maple Glazed Carrots

Carrots are a delicious complement to any dish, but they may be difficult to cook.

They are often mushy or excessively firm, but this recipe has the secret ingredient you’ve been hunting for: maple syrup.

The sweetness of the maple syrup enhances the natural taste of the carrot while keeping it lovely and crispy when fried.

6. Baked Roasted Radishes

Radishes are a delicious alternative to potatoes!

  1. Simply take a couple bunches of radishes and snip off the tips and bottoms before slicing them into quarters or half, depending on size.
  2. Toss them in a large mixing dish with olive oil and salt until evenly covered.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 20 minutes, or until cooked inside but still somewhat hard around the edges for optimum crunchiness, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (optional) or foil coated liberally with cooking spray.

7. Couscous Salad

Couscous salad is a terrific way to combine a variety of tastes that compliment each other nicely. I like couscous because it is high in fiber and protein, so it will fill you up without weighing you down.

Plus, from start to finish, this dish only takes approximately 15 minutes!

8. Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread

This bread is so simple but so wonderful that it goes well with any meal, but particularly with anything substantial like braised lamb shank or grilled steak!

  1. Simply cut a loaf of foccacia bread into 2 inch broad by 4 inch long pieces, drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with chopped rosemary and garlic powder.
  2. Bake at 375°F for approximately 10 minutes, or until golden brown on top!

9. Garlic Lemon Green Beans

Green beans (check out these canned green bean dishes) are one of my favorite ways to add color and flavor to my meal, but when cooked for too long, they may become bitter or soft.

The technique is straightforward:Before throwing them in a pan with butter, garlic, and lemon juice (and maybe some red pepper flakes if you prefer things hot), parboil them in water first.

The result?

Tender green beans with just the right amount of crunch.

10. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Baked sweet potato fries are another crowd-pleaser that can be cooked ahead of time and warmed just before serving; they’re also wonderfully flexible!

You may season them with herbs and spices, dip them in various sauces, or eat them plain with ketchup or mayonnaise.

The possibilities are endless!

11. Baked Beans

Look no farther than baked beans for a side dish that will bring some additional comfort to your supper.

They’re simple to prepare and may be customized to taste by using various kinds of onions, peppers, and other vegetables.

12. Creamed Spinach

To make this dish, just sauté garlic in butter until golden brown, then add fresh spinach leaves and season with salt and pepper.

Your visitors will be blown away when they taste how creamy it is without using a single drop of cream!

13. Cauliflower Au Gratin

Another fantastic way to jazz up cauliflower without spending hours in the kitchen is with this cheesy baked dish.

Simply mix cauliflower florets with olive oil and spices (I prefer garlic powder) before roasting at 425°F until soft on the inside but crisp on the exterior.

Then, before baking again until golden brown, sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese!

14. Garlic Bread

If you’ve ever baked garlic bread, you’ll know how simple the recipe is!

Simply put melted butter over thin slices of Italian bread (or whatever bread you want), sprinkle with minced garlic (and perhaps some cheese if that’s your thing), then broil it in the oven until it begins to brownthat’s all there is to preparing this traditional side dish!

15. Creamy Polenta

This simple side dish complements rich meats like lamb shanks by balancing their richness while also making them more full.

Once cooked, add 2 cups milk and a sprinkle of olive oil; season with salt and pepper; whisk well; serve warm atop lamb shanks or other roasted meats.Simply prepare 1 cup of polenta according to package guidelines, then add 1 cup

16. Caramelized Cauliflower

Caramelized cauliflower seems to take an eternity to prepare, but it doesn’t!

All you need are some thinly sliced florets (or whatever pieces work best for you), olive oil, salt, and pepper, and approximately ten minutes in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown with a tinge of sweetness.

17. Creamy Sweet Potato Mash

What could be better than a tasty side dish that is simple to prepare?

One that is simple to prepare, tastes good, and looks stunning!

Thats why I love this creamy sweet potato mash.

It is quite easy.Simply boil some potatoes until cooked, then mash them with butter, milk, and brown sugar to make a silky-smooth side dish that will complement any main meal.

Also see: 10 Best Side Dishes to Serve with Sweet Potato Mash

18. Garlic Butter Roasted Parsnips

Parsnips are an underappreciated vegetable that deserves more attention!

They have a delicate sweetness that complements heartier meals like lamb shanks, but they also work well as a side dish for any occasion, particularly when roasted with garlic butter!

19. Cornbread Muffins

These are so easy that my children can create them.Simply combine the flour and cornmeal, add a pinch of salt, baking powder, and sugar (or honey), and then whisk in the eggs and milk until you have a thick mixture that can be baked in muffin pans for 20 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

With butter and honey poured on top, you can’t go wrong!

20. Green Bean Casserole

This is an oldie, but it’s a goodie.Row some green beans in a casserole dish with cream of mushroom soup, breadcrumbs, and french fried onions and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit till bubbly!

The finished product is a delectable side dish that will have everyone clamoring for seconds.

What to Serve with Lamb Shanks in Red Wine (20 Easy Sides)

The secret to serving the perfect side dish with Lamb Shanks in Red Wine is to make sure that it’s not too heavy. These shanks are already rich and meaty, so you don’t want to add a side dish that’s going to make the meal feel heavy and cloying.In general, lighter sides work best for lamb shanks—think roasted vegetables, sautéed greens (like spinach or kale), or potatoes that have been coated in olive oil and roasted at high heat until they’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.If you’re serving a salad, go light on the vinaigrette—just enough to dress it—and keep it simple with lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, maybe some croutons if you’re feeling fancy.If you’re not sure whether or not your side dish is too heavy, just ask yourself: “Is this making me feel full?” If yes, then it might be too much food; if no, then give yourself a pat on the back!
Prep Time 5mins
Cook Time 10mins
Total Time 15mins


  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Cauliflower
  • Maple Glazed Carrots
  • Baked Roasted Radishes
  • Couscous Salad
  • Rosemary Garlic Focaccia Bread
  • Garlic Lemon Green Beans
  • Baked Sweet Potato Fries
  • Baked Beans
  • Creamed Spinach
  • Cauliflower Au Gratin
  • Garlic Bread
  • Creamy Polenta
  • Caramelized Cauliflower
  • Creamy Sweet Potato Mash
  • Garlic Butter Roasted Parsnips
  • Cornbread Muffins
  • Green Bean Casserole


  • Choose your favorite side dish from this selection to accompany your hearty supper.
  • Prepare the ingredients in the order specified in the recipe.
  • Be ready to munch in no time!

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