Slow roasted lamb shoulder

Indulge in the succulent flavor of a slow-roasted lamb shoulder that will leave your taste buds wanting more. The meat is carefully marinated, resulting in a tender and melt-in-your-mouth texture that is guaranteed to impress at any gathering. Prepare this roast with love and patience and let it cook for five hours until perfect. Once it comes out of the oven, let it rest so it retains its juiciness. Just before serving, top the lamb with a refreshing and zesty gremolata that adds a burst of vibrant flavors to every bite. This is a dish that will really wow your guests!


  • 2 kg lamb shoulder
  • 3 onions, each cut into 3 thick slices
  • 1 shallot, halved
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 anchovies
  • ½ tsp cumin, roasted
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds, roasted
  • ½ tsp pink peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp rosemary leaves
  • 1 sprig of thyme, leaves picked
  • small bunch of mint, leaves chopped
  • 70 ml white wine
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Zest and squeeze 1 lemon
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped mint


Leaving the lamb

If you are going out during the day, you can leave the lamb shoulder in the oven for up to 6 hours.

Preparation steps

  1. Grind all ingredients for the marinade in a food processor.
  2. Prick the lamb all over with a sharp knife.
  3. Place the lamb in a large roasting pan, coat the meat with the marinade and coat thoroughly.
  4. Cover the roasting pan with cling film and let it rest in the fridge for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
  5. Remove the lamb from the refrigerator and let it rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
  6. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas 3.
  7. Place the onions in the roasting pan and place the lamb on top.
  8. Cover the can with tent foil.
  9. Roast the lamb for 5 hours, basting the meat occasionally.
  10. Remove the lamb from the oven and place it on a board to rest, covered, for at least 30 minutes.
  11. Place the can of onions and marinating juice back in the oven to keep warm.
  12. Mix the gremolata ingredients in a bowl.
  13. Break the lamb into smaller pieces with a fork.
  14. Serve the lamb with the fried onions and the gremolata sprinkled on top.
  15. Remove the fat from the pan juices and serve with the lamb.
  16. You can use the leftover lamb in Rosie’s lamb shoulder flatbread recipe (see “goes well”).

Nutritional Information

776 56g 21g 16g 13g 3g 48g 0.6g

Equipment and tools

  • Oven
  • roaster or pan
  • Knife
  • cutting board
  • A garlic press
  • measuring spoon
  • tablespoon
  • Baking paper or foil

Allergen information

This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Onions (May cause an allergic reaction in some people)
  • Garlic (May cause an allergic reaction in some people)
  • Anchovies (Contains fish)

Storage and leftovers

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They last up to 3 days. To reheat, place the lamb shoulder in the preheated oven at 180°C for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can enjoy the leftovers cold in sandwiches or salads.

The Health Benefits of Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder

Slow-roasted lamb shoulder is not only a delicious and hearty dish, but it also offers several health benefits. This article explores the nutritional value and benefits of this flavorful recipe.

1. High quality protein

Lamb shoulder is a fantastic source of protein and provides all the essential amino acids your body needs. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissue, promoting muscle growth, and supporting overall health and wellness.

2. Rich in vitamins and minerals

This slow-roasted lamb dish contains various vitamins and minerals that are essential for optimal health. Onions, shallots, garlic and tomatoes contain important vitamins such as vitamin C, B vitamins and antioxidants. In addition, they provide minerals such as potassium, manganese and calcium.

3. Omega-3 fatty acids

Using anchovies in this recipe increases the omega-3 fatty acid content. These healthy fats are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease.

4. Antioxidant-rich herbs and spices

Herbs and spices like rosemary, thyme, coriander seeds, cumin and pink peppercorns not only enhance the flavor of the lamb but also provide a wide range of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful free radicals and can reduce the risk of certain diseases.

5. Low carb option

If you’re on a low-carb diet, slow-roasted lamb shoulder can be a good choice. With no added grains or starchy vegetables, this dish is naturally low in carbs, making it suitable for those on a low carb or ketogenic diet.

6. Blood sugar control

Using brown sugar in this recipe adds a touch of sweetness to balance the flavors. However, when consumed in moderation, it does not pose a significant problem for blood sugar control, especially when combined with lean protein and healthy fats from lamb.

7. Aromatic and digestive benefits

The combination of mint, lemon zest and garlic in the marinade gives the dish both aromatic and digestive benefits. Mint is traditionally used to aid digestion, relieve stomach discomfort and freshen breath, while lemon peel and garlic can support healthy digestion and add savory flavors to lamb.

Remember, the health benefits of a slow-roasted lamb shoulder can be maximized when you choose grass-fed and organic lamb to ensure higher levels of healthy fats and essential nutrients. Try this delicious recipe and enjoy the nutritional benefits and delicious taste!

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