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How to Cook Lamb Shoulder How to Cook Lamb Shoulder

How to Cook Lamb Shoulder

Lamb Shoulder is a delicious cut of meat that requires next to no prep. It needs a little bit more cooking time to get pull-apart tender lamb, but that doesn’t have to mean it’s any more difficult to cook. Whatever your reason for cooking, take a look below to find out more about how to cook Lamb Shoulder.

What can you cook with lamb shoulder

  • Roast dishes
  • Braised dishes

Key stats – How to cook lamb shoulder (2.5 kg)

Method Time (total) Doneness
Braising 2 hours 30 minutes Pull-apart
Roasting 3 hours 15 minutes Pull-apart

How to cook lamb shoulder

How to braise lamb shoulder

  1. Before cooking, bring your lamb shoulder to room temperature, as it helps ensure the lamb cooks evenly and doesn’t drastically alter the temperature of your pan.
  2. Prepare your braising liquid. Your braising liquid can contain any number of ingredients, including beef stock, lamb stock, vegetable stock, dark beer, red wine, honey, herbs, spices, etc. Add you ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a simmer, ensuring that there’s enough liquid to reach halfway up the leg of lamb when it’s in the roasting tray.
  3. Preheat your grill to high and prepare a large roasting tray with tall sides (tall enough to hold your braising liquid).
  4. Season your lamb shoulder with salt and pepper, then place it in the roasting tray and put it under the grill. When your lamb shoulder has lightly browned, turn it over and brown the other side. This process shouldn’t take much longer than 5 minutes for each side, depending on the size of your lamb.
  5. When your lamb shoulder has browned, remove the tray from under the grill and preheat the oven to 180° C. In the meantime, add your chosen chopped vegetables to the roasting tray and lamb – onions, potatoes, garlic, carrots and herbs all work well, depending on your recipe. Finish by adding your simmering braising liquid, making sure it reaches half way up the side of your lamb shoulder.
  6. Cook at 180° C, turning once for 4-5 hours, or until you can pull the meat apart with two forks, then remove the lamb from the pan and serve alongside the sauce.
  7. You can use this method of cooking for diced lamb shoulder too. Instead of browning the meat under the grill in a roasting dish, brown it in a casserole dish on the hob, add the rest of the ingredients, and cook on low for 2-3 hours.

How to roast lamb shoulder

  1. Before cooking, make sure to bring your lamb shoulder to room temperature.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200° C and prepare a suitable roasting tray with sides large enough to prevent any fat or juices escaping whilst it’s in the oven.
  3. Season your lamb shoulder. Whether its simple salt and pepper, classic garlic and rosemary or a Moroccan-style spice blend, there are loads of great ways to season your dish to make it unique, so don’t be shy.
  4. Place your seasoned lamb shoulder in the roasting tray and add it to the middle shelf of your oven, roasting for 30 minutes at 200° C.
  5. After 30 minutes have passed, turn your oven down to 180° C and cook for 30 minutes per 450g. For a more exhaustive list of cooking times, please see our table above.

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