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How to Cook Beef Shank Steak

by
author image Fred Decker
Fred Decker is a trained chef and certified food-safety trainer. Decker wrote for the Saint John, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, and has been published in Canada's Hospitality and Foodservice magazine. He's held positions selling computers, insurance and mutual funds, and was educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
How to Cook Beef Shank Steak
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A thick slice of center-cut beef shank looks remarkably like a well-marbled steak, and is often labeled as shank steak in retail stores. They're too tough for grilling, but like chuck steaks, they're ideal for braising. The long, slow cooking process softens the tough muscle fibers and connective tissues, leaving the meat fork-tender with a luscious texture. The shanks also make their own sauce by infusing their cooking liquids with an intensely beefy flavor. This cooking method requires hours in your oven or slow cooker, but only a few minutes of hands-on preparation.

Oven Method

Step 1

How to Cook Beef Shank Steak
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Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Wipe the shank steaks with a clean paper towel to remove any bone fragments, then sear them one or two at a time in a hot skillet.

Step 2

How to Cook Beef Shank Steak
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Transfer the shanks to a deep casserole dish or Dutch oven. Add coarsely chopped onions, carrots, celery, garlic, tomatoes or other aromatic ingredients as desired.

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Step 3

How to Cook Beef Shank Steak
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Pour in enough beef broth or other liquid to submerge the lower half of the shanks. Cover the casserole dish or Dutch oven, and slide it onto your oven's middle rack.

Step 4

How to Cook Beef Shank Steak
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Simmer the beef slowly in your oven until you can easily slide a fork into the shanks, and twist off a mouthful of tender beef with minimal effort. Depending how thickly your shank steaks were cut, this can take 2 1/2 to 4 hours.

Step 5

How to Cook Beef Shank Steak
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Remove the shanks to a bowl or serving platter with a slotted spoon, then strain the cooking liquids into a narrow measuring cup. Ladle off the fat that rises to the surface, then heat the juices in a saucepan and thicken them to make a sauce. Serve the sauce and shanks with your favorite side dishes.

Slow Cooker Method

Step 1

How to Cook Beef Shank Steak
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Line the bottom of your slow cooker with a handful of coarsely chopped onions, garlic, carrots, celery or other aromatic ingredients as desired. Sear your shank steaks in a hot skillet, and arrange them evenly on top of the vegetables.

Step 2

How to Cook Beef Shank Steak
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Pour in 1 to 2 cups of beef broth or other cooking liquid. Your slow cooker will lose less moisture to evaporation, so it isn't necessary to use as much broth as you would in the oven.

Step 3

How to Cook Beef Shank Steak
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Cover the pot and plug it in. Cook the shanks for 3 to 4 hours on the high setting, or 5 to 6 hours on low. The shanks are ready when you can easily slide a fork into the tender meat.

Step 4

How to Cook Beef Shank Steak
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Transfer the shanks to a large bowl or serving platter with a slotted spoon, then strain the cooking juices to remove the aromatics. Ladle off any excess fat, then pour the liquids into a small saucepan and thicken them to make your sauce.

Step 5

How to Cook Beef Shank Steak
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Serve the sauce with your braised shanks, and your choice of side dishes.

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