How long should I cook boned shoulder of Lamb for?

Alex Chamberlain
  • How long should I cook boned shoulder of Lamb for? Alex Chamberlain

    I have 794g of Shoulder Lamb. It is boned (can you buy it with a bone in??). How long should I cook it for?

    I have Delia's Complete Cooking Course, which suggests cooking for 30 minutes at 230C plus 30 degrees at 180C per pound (450G); about 1hr 20 minutes.

    Delia Online just says 30 minutes per pound at 190C.

    Which would people recommend? I'm planning on adding garlic and rosemary to the meat, and making an onion and rosemary sauce.

  • Shoulder is a tough cut. I think you will probably find it a bit chewy if you've cooked it at 190ºC for 52 minutes. In future, preheat the oven to maximum, place the lamb in a roasting tin, cover the tin with foil, put the tin in the oven, then immediately turn the oven down to 150ºC, and leave it for 4 hours. After that time, take it out of the oven and let it rest for 30 minutes or so. The lamb will melt in your mouth.

    And yes, you can buy a bone-in shoulder at just about any supermarket, and they are usually tastier. Cook it as above and you will just be able to pull the bone out of the meat.

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