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Spiced slow-roasted lamb shoulder recipe

Spiced slow-roasted lamb shoulder recipe

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A recipe like this means only one thing, spring is here and the sun is coming out. Slow-roast this tender piece of lamb after marinating for a deeply flavourful and juicy Easter centrepiece. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 5 hrs plus 6 hrs marinating
  • 413 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free


  • 2kg lamb shoulder
  • 125ml white wine
  • 1½ tbsp clear honey

For the spice paste

  • 3 tbsp harissa paste
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 lemon, zested, ½ juiced
  • 5g fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 10g fresh coriander, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    30g 43%
  • Saturates

    9g 46%
  • Sugars

    2g 3%
  • Salt

    0.7g 12%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 3.2g Protein 30g Fibre 0.5g


  1. Mix the spice paste ingredients in a bowl to combine. Lightly score the fat of the lamb into a criss-cross pattern, then deeply pierce the meat a few times and put in a large bowl. Using clean hands, rub the marinade into the lamb. Cover and transfer to the fridge for 6 hrs, or overnight. When ready to cook, bring the lamb to room temperature, place in a tin that fits it snugly and season well.
  2. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Pour the wine into the tin around the lamb and cover with a double layer of foil, sealing around the edges. Put in the oven and reduce the temperature to gas 3, 160°C, fan 140°C. Roast for 4 hrs, basting in the juices a few times, until the meat pulls away with a fork. Uncover the lamb, drizzle with the honey; cook for 30 mins.
  3. Transfer the lamb to a board and cover with foil and a tea towel; leave to rest for 20 mins. Transfer the juices from the tin to a bowl and skim away any fat. Serve the lamb shredded from the bone, with the warm juices spooned over.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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