Classic Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops Recipe

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Classic Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
180 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on October 20, 2023

This classic braised lamb shoulder chops recipe is a perfect hearty and flavorful dish for a special dinner. The lamb chops are slow-cooked with aromatic vegetables, herbs, and spices, resulting in tender and succulent meat. Serve the lamb chops with creamy mashed potatoes or fluffy couscous for a complete and satisfying meal. With a preparing time of 3 hours, this recipe is worth the wait!


  • 4 lamb shoulder chops
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C).
  2. Season the lamb shoulder chops with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large oven-safe Dutch oven or skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Brown the lamb chops on both sides until well caramelized, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  5. In the same skillet, add the diced onion, carrots, celery, and minced garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are tender and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  6. Deglaze the skillet with red wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Cook until the wine has reduced by half.
  7. Add the beef broth, rosemary, thyme, and bay leaf to the skillet. Bring to a simmer.
  8. Return the lamb chops back to the skillet, nestling them into the liquid and vegetables. Cover the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil.
  9. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and braise the lamb shoulder chops for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until the meat is fork-tender.
  10. Remove the skillet from the oven and let the lamb chops rest for a few minutes before serving.
  11. Serve the braised lamb shoulder chops with the vegetables and cooking liquid, and garnish with fresh herbs if desired.
  12. Enjoy this delicious and comforting dish with mashed potatoes or couscous.

Interesting Facts

  • Braising is a cooking method that uses both dry and moist heat to break down tough cuts of meat, resulting in tender and flavorful dishes.
  • Lamb shoulder chops are a budget-friendly option for lamb lovers, and their marbling makes them ideal for slow and low cooking methods like braising.
  • Braised dishes are known for their rich and complex flavors, as the long cooking time allows the flavors to meld together and develop into a delicious sauce.