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Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder, easy!

Easy Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder, lovely Sunday roast 

Gosh I love lamb – like really. I don’t often have it as I save it for special occasions normally,  but this easy Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder recipe means I can do it more often.

I can  also use the left overs to make another delicious meal!

Usually people tend to have a roast on a Sunday, it’s tradition right? Or especially at Easter! 

Well this is perfect for a Sunday!

This simple recipe really brings out the gorgeous flavours and texture of lamb shoulder.

Cooked with plenty of garlic and rosemary. So don’t be tempted to skip them – so delicious

The recipe is so low effort, just a little input from the chef at the beginning and then you let the oven do all the work, whilst you go off and enjoy your day!


My brother & sister-in-law make the best slow roasted shoulder of lamb (I normally do leg).  

So I asked if they’d share their recipe and voila here it is!! Delicious roast lamb shoulder! 

Thanks so much guys 🙂 


So what’s the best part of the Lamb to slow roast?

Normally Lamb shoulder is the most economical cut and a little cheaper than other cuts and it’s perfect for slow roasting

This means it needs a long,  slow and moist cooking to tenderise it,  so it falls apart and is super tender – yum. 

Like leg, the shoulder works hard on the animal, so in turn it’s full of flavour.

However as it’s worked so hard it means it can be tough if undercooked or cooked too quickly. 

The shoulder is typically marbled with fat which makes it great for slow cooking as it has fat and therefore tends not to dry out


Preparation of your lamb Shoulder 

You need to grab yourself a large roasting dish 

Next layer some of your rosemary stalks and a few garlic cloves, then pop your lamb on top 


Add some herbs and garlic on top too!

How pretty does that look? All ready for the oven! 


Tender Lamb

Ta-dah – 4 hours later – falling apart delicious soft lamb mmmmmm 

Look how that slow roasted lamb shoulder falls off the bone – so tender!! 


See below for full instructions 


What to serve with your Roast Lamb 

Roast Potatoes 

Well for me it needs to be served with perfect roast potatoes and here’s a recipe for THE most perfect ones 

Easy Roast Potatoes


Then simply serve with vegetables, mint sauce and trust me lamb delivers the best meat juices fro form the base for your gravy – be sure to save those juices! 


Left Over Roast Lamb Recipe 

So the next day or the day after that you usually have some lamb left? Yes? 

My Lamb Biryani recipe is the best I promise! And the perfect way to get another meal out of your lamb roast 

It’s easy and I guess you can call it a one-pot wonder!! 

Lamb Biriyani - finished


So let us know how you get on and if you enjoy this Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder recipe 

Much love Cx 

Other tasty joints 

If you love a joint of meat why not try my lovely Ham joint 

Smothered in black treacle and brown sugar 

It’s super easy and totally delicious 




Serves 3-4

  • 1 1/2-2 kilo shoulder of lamb
  • Handful Rosemary stalks
  • 1 Garlic bulb ( cloves removed, unpeeled)
  • Drizzle of Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper

Preparation Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven (max temp)
  2. Lay most of the rosemary in a roasting tin with most of the garlic cloves.
  3. Lay the lamb shoulder on top slash the fat several times then rub over some olive oil, salt & pepper
  4. Top with the remaining rosemary & garlic cloves.
  5. Cover tightly with foil & put into the oven, immediately lower the temperature to 170 c.
  6. Roast for 4 hours or until the meat pulls apart with a fork.
  7. To crisp up remove foil & roast for a further 30-40mins
  8. Remove from the oven, transfer the meat to a board & cover with foil to rest for at least 30 mins.


Mary Logue says:
This sounds lovely. Is that a fan oven that you are using?
    Clare x says:
    Yes fan oven x
Sharon says:
Could you use leg for this recipe instead of shoulder?
    Clare x says:
    yes x
Sally says:
Had this for Easter Sunday with the family - absolutely delicious & so easy. Shoulder from my local butcher, so much better than from the Supermarket! Will be doing this again for sure
    Clare x says:
    Oh I'm so please to hear :-) Thanks xx