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Final plated lamb shoulder recipe

Roast Lamb Shoulder Recipe

This Roast Lamb Shoulder Recipe is an old family recipe from a dear friend. It’s the perfect Easter dinner plate with succulent roasted whole lamb shoulder over rice, peas and buttered hard boiled eggs.
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword How to Cook Lamb Shoulder, Lamb Shoulder, Lamb Shoulder Recipe
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 3 hours
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 1008 kcal
Author Mahy


Lamb Shoulder:

  • 9-10 pounds lamb shoulder American Lamb, whole shoulder but fat partially trimmed
  • 4 cloves garlic cut in half
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 3 onions large, sliced in half
  • 6 garlic cloves whole
  • 1 cup stock

Dry Mix:

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon spice blend 7 spice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Allspice

Wet Mixture:

  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Hot Sauce
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons spice blend 7 spice blend
  • 3 cups water hot

Peas and Potatoes:

  • 1 1/2 cups green peas cooked
  • 2 cups potatoes cubed and roasted
  • Vermicelli Noodles:
  • 1 cups noodles Vermicelli
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups stock

Hard boiled eggs:

  • 8 eggs hard boiled
  • 3 tablespoons butter or ghee, melted


  • 1/3 cup pine nuts toasted
  • 1/4 cup parsley fresh


  1. Start with the lamb. Pat dry the lamb. Make about 8 slits in the lamb and insert half a garlic clove and cardamom pod into each slit.
  2. Mix the dry mix and rub the lamb shoulder all around with it. Similarly make the wet mix and massage the lamb with it all around.
  3. Place the whole lamb on a baking sheet over parchment paper and surround that with onions and fresh garlic.
  4. Cover the lamb and marinade for 3 hours at least to preferably overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 and add the stock to the lamb, cover the lamb entirely and roast for 2.5hours to 3 hours.
  6. In the meantime, start cooking the rice by sautéing it in some live oil and add the seasoning. Then cook the rice with hot water over low heat.
  7. Prepare the peas and potatoes.
  8. For the noodles, sauté them in some butter until deep golden and then cook the nodes with some stock over low heat.
  9. Now the eggs, after hard boiling them, peel and sear them in the brown butter until golden. Let the eggs cool and then slice them in half.
  10. Assemble the Easter lamb dish by brining a large serving dish. Start by layering the rice, topped with the noodles, top that with the cooked peas and potatoes. Now place the roast lamb shoulder over everything. Arrange the hard boiled eggs around the lamb and finish off with toasted pine nuts and parsley.
  11. Enjoy right away!!

Recipe Notes

-Always buy American lamb with highest quality lamb meat. -Make sure to trim some fat off your lamb shoulder, but not all of it. -Follow the flavouring steps of making garlic slits in the meat, a dry spice blend and a wet marinade for maximum flavor and super juicy meat. -Less is more when it comes to the spice blend, garlic slits and wet marinade. Overpowering the lamb may make it bitter, too dark and not as flavorful. -Ideally the lamb shoulder marinate over night, but a minimum of 3 hours is also ok. -Roast the lamb covered, it will still have a nice crust and will be extra juicy. -This recipe is very forgiving, so don’t stress because the lamb shoulder may look like a large cut.

Nutrition Facts
Roast Lamb Shoulder Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1008 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 386mg129%
Sodium 2525mg110%
Potassium 1623mg46%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 83g166%
Vitamin A 1026IU21%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 221mg22%
Iron 11mg61%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.