Lamb Stew with Smoked Paprika and Zucchini


Lamb shank is one of my favorite cuts of meat, especially when cooked sous-vide. It is so flavorful, tender, and moist. And so I keep coming up with new ways to prepare it. In this case I thought it would be nice to pair it with smoked paprika and zucchini. I used the soft inner part of the zucchini for the sauce, and sautéed the rest. With a bit of fresh mint and mashed potatoes a delicious meal was put on the table. And it was very nice indeed. The lamb married very well with the smoked paprika, and the sautéed zucchini provided a nice crunchy contrast with the velvety lamb. We hardly ever eat the Dutch trio of “potatoes, veg and meat”, but in this case we did 😉 [If you don’t have sous-vide equipment, you could stew the lamb on the stovetop or in the oven. Just add the lamb to the onions with a bit of white wine or water, and cook over very low heat until the lamb is tender.]



For 2 servings

2 small or 1 large lamb shank, about 500 grams (1.1 lb)

1 tsp smoked paprika



2 zucchini

1 onion, chopped

500 grams (1.1 lb) potatoes

extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp minced fresh mint

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp corn starch



Two nights before, season the lamb shanks with salt and smoked paprika.


Vacuum seal them, and cook sous-vide for 48 hours at 62C/144F.


On the night you are going to serve the dish, heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and add a chopped onion. Cook over low heat, stirring regularly.

Peel the potatoes and boil them to make mashed potatoes.


Trim the ends of two zucchini and cut them in half lengthwise. Scoop out the inner part with the seeds using a spoon, and chop it.


Add the inner part of the zucchini to the onions. Season with salt, and increase the heat to medium-low.


Cook the onions and inner part of the zucchini until soft and golden, stirring regularly, about 15-20 minutes.


Cut the outer part of the zucchini into chunks and sauté in olive oil over high heat.


Sauté the zucchini until they are tender but firm to the bite, and nicely browned (but not charred!). Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


Take the lamb shanks out of the sous-vide.


Pour the juices from the bag into a bowl. Mix a teaspoon of corn starch with two teaspoons of cold water, and add the resulting slurry to the bag juices. Stir to mix.


Add this mixture to the onion mixture.


Stir over medium heat until the sauce has thickened, then lower the heat.


Take the meat off the bones, and cut the meat into chunks.


Add the meat to the sauce…


…and stir briefly until warmed through. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and smoked paprika.

Mash the potatoes with olive oil and season with salt.


Serve the meat with the mashed potatoes and sautéed zucchini on preheated plates. Garnish with a tablespoon of minced mint and some more smoked paprika.

Wine pairing

This could be nice with a Chinon or other cabernet franc from the Loire region, provided that you can find one that doesn’t have a “green edge”. Unfortunately, in most vintages cabernet franc doesn’t get ripe enough in the cool climate. However, a cabernet franc from a warmer climate would probably be too strong for this dish.



Penne with scamorza, eggplant, and cherry tomatoes is a perfect dish for the summer.


16 thoughts on “Lamb Stew with Smoked Paprika and Zucchini

  1. What an easy but elegant meal you have made from my favourite meat also! Have to confess that mine normally get served on the bone with old-fashioned finger bowls to do away with rather lickable fingers 🙂 ! Yours looks very appetizing: methinks four in the freezer and three friends to ‘feed’ over the weekend this sounds just right!

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  2. I love the idea of using the smoked paprika. I would think that would work well with beef short ribs too? I’ll be buying a sous vide machine or immersion blender this summer at some point, I can’t wait! I’ve gotten the go ahead from the hubby to invest in one, yay!

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    1. Wonderful! You know where to go for tips and recipes 😉
      PS make sure it’s an immersion *circulator* you are getting, not a blender 😉

      I guess smoked paprika would work well on beef, too, although I am not sure if the Spanish (the land of smoked paprika) use it on beef. The Hungarian certainly do in their gulash, but that is the unsmoked variety.

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  3. Beautiful looking dish, Stefan. Love the idea of using lamb shanks for the stew, as well as using paprika to season the dish. I’ve never used that seasoning with lamb before. Alas, my zucchini plant is doing very poorly. I though I’d get some blossoms as well as zucchini but, instead, all I’ve got is heartache. We’re on the cusp of August and I’ve yet to pick one blossom or vegetable. Guess what I’ll be buying, again, at the farmers market on Saturday? ((sigh))

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  4. Stefan, your blog is a delight. I have been reading recipes and entries the last two evenings while salivating. I love your sous vide recipes. I just got into it.


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