Lamb Shoulder Chop Recipe (2024)

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Lamb Shoulder Chops are so juicy and flavorful, plus they’re super easy to prepare. This is a guaranteed go-to, no-fail recipe.

Lamb Shoulder Chops are best served with Mashed Potatoes and Garden Salad.

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Lamb Shoulder Chops are naturally more flavorful. The general lamb meat has a strong gamy taste to it and requires extra effort to bring out the right flavors. With Lamb Should Chops, the cooking process is much simpler, while providing an outstanding dish.

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How to Cook the Lamb Shoulder Chops

Marinate the lamb with garlic, seasoning, rosemary and oil. Preheat the skillet on very high heat and add lamb to the skillet. Cook on both sides for about 6 minutes.

To cook lamb shoulder chop in an oven, use a cast iron skillet. Brown both sides to a nice crust. Place it in an oven for the remainder of the cooking time.

To verify the readiness of the chops – they should be cooked to 145°F for medium rare, 160°F for medium, or 170°F for well done.

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How to Grill Lamb Shoulder Chops

Place the marinated lamb shoulder chops on a preheated grill to 450°F. Grill the lamb on each side for 5-7 minutes, depending on the thickness of the cut and how well you want the meat to be done.

Other Lamb Recipes to Try

  • Pan-Seared Lamb Loin Chops – Lamb steaks in garlic and herbs
  • Lamb Kabobs – Lamb and veggie skewers
  • Roasted Lamb – Roasted leg of lamb
  • Uzbek Plov with Lamb – Rice dish with lamb


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Lamb Shoulder Chop Recipe

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4 servings

Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 20 minutes mins

Recipe contributed by: Natalya Drozhzhin

Lamb Shoulder Chops are so juicy and flavorful, plus they’re super easy to prepare. This is a guaranteed go-to, no-fail recipe.


  • 4 lamb shoulder chops
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 oz fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

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  • Prepare all ingredients for the lamb shoulder chops recipe.

  • Chop garlic and break down the fresh rosemary; combine with oil, salt and pepper in a large ziplock bag.

  • Add lamb shoulder chops into the seasoning and leave it to marinate for at least an hour.

  • Preheat the skillet on high heat. Remove all seasoning from the lamb shoulder chops and add them to the skillet. Cook for about 6 minutes on each side.

  • Let lamb shoulder chops rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Lamb Shoulder Chop Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 74 Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Fat 7g11%

Sodium 2mg0%

Potassium 41mg1%

Carbohydrates 2g1%

Vitamin A 105IU2%

Vitamin C 2.1mg3%

Calcium 19mg2%

Iron 0.3mg2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Posted April 8, 2019

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.

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    LindaJan 5, 2024

    I''m 78 & have been cooking since I was very young. I always look for newer recipes because of all advances in cooking appliances. I can see from my experiences why so many young people don't like to cook. While your recipe LOOKS easy I don't see a caution about checking the color of the chops as they brown or ANY OVEN TEMP or approximate time for completing the cooking to desired doneness or using an instant-read thermometer to keep from over cooking. More details will surely help inexperience cooks produce a delicious meal. I am cooking these easy to prepare chops this evening. Happy 👨‍🍳

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJan 5, 2024

      Hey Linda, Thanks for sharing your feedback and suggestions!

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    HFDec 6, 2023

    Instructions burned the lamb.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinDec 6, 2023

      Hey HF, What about the instructions is it that you think caused the lamb to burn?

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        M. E. HungryFeb 4, 2024

        This isn't rocket science Nat. Cooked too long in too much heat. Reduce one or both.

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    Jim GauseSep 27, 2023

    Cooked the first side for 6 minutes and burned it black.

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      Brooks EilertsonNov 30, 2023

      Same here. I wish I would have looked at the comments. My bad.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinSep 28, 2023

      Hi Jim, I'm sorry they burnt. Perhaps your stove is much hotter than mine!

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        spencer eubankDec 3, 2023

        You should have fixed the recipe with the amount of comments

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          Natalya DrozhzhinDec 3, 2023

          Hey Spencer, Sometimes I do make changes to a recipe. However, when a recipe has thousands of five star reviews, it goes to show it works out for most. I appreciate and read the feedback and take it all into consideration when deciding if any changes are needed to be made.

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    KenSep 19, 2023

    I read that people thought that lamb shoulders were tough. This is how i prepare it for the oven. I Season both sides and i sear it on high heat until brown on both sides. Then i place it in the oven for 1:30 minutes at 450 or until the juices start flowing into the pan. Soft every time. Add some golden potatoes also. Yummy

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      Natalya DrozhzhinSep 19, 2023

      Hi Ken, Thanks for sharing! I appreciate the feedback. 🙂

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      VitaJan 14, 2024

      I did the same in a rectangular baking dish and covered with plastic wrap at room temp for an hour.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinSep 19, 2023

      Hi Debra, I only recommend a Ziploc bag because it's convenient and easy to clean up. The taste won't change if you use a container. Enjoy!

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    BrentJul 19, 2023

    Hey, the lamb cooked at high heat to me always gets tough for me. I decided to marinate it for 3/4 hours and i added Tarragon and Worcestershire sauce as well to bring out a little more flavour. I’m from the Caribbean so adding a little Angoustura Bitters helps as well with flavouring

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJul 20, 2023

      Hi Brent, glad you made it your own. It sounds delicious!

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    Sue GlutJul 12, 2023

    This is how I've always cooked them, but they are always tough.
    Love lamb, and can't reproduce that that tender dish with the gravy that my mom used to make.

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      Marlene Falot StabinJul 18, 2023

      Like pork chops I do not cook the lamb shoulder chops at a high heat. My mom use to make lamb shoulder chops Pizziola. chopped tomatoes, oregano, onion, peppers and sliced potatoes.
      If you can get loin lambs chops for more tender cut. I go to Sam's or Costco type place to get a better price.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJul 13, 2023

      Hi Sue, Hmm, my lamb chops are not tough. I wonder why yours turn out tough - perhaps overcooking them or using low heat? That dish your mom used to make sounds delicious! I love a good gravy as well.

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    ChristopherJul 4, 2023

    Would you prepare this way for the air fryer?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJul 5, 2023

      Hi Christopher, I haven't tested this recipe in the air fryer so I don't have tips regarding that.

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    Ariella LevyApr 4, 2023

    Is it better to marinate over night if possible?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinApr 4, 2023

      Hi Ariella, you can marinate the meat over night. I would love to know what you think about this recipe when you make it! Happy cooking!

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    CharlotteMar 7, 2023

    Made this tonight. Marinated it for 3 hours and used the airfryer at 375 for 18mins. Delicious. Served with carmelised onions and broccoli slaw

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      SheilaAug 31, 2023

      I didn't marinate it but used all the seasonings and oil, and cooked it in the air fryer at 375 for 18 minutes like you said. It was tender and delicious! Thank you for this tip, and of course to the original recipe. I don't usually cook lamb and this was perfect.

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      The Classi Ladi CornerApr 20, 2023

      I cooked it tonight and was about to put in oven and saw your comment and pivoted and put it in the air fryer. Thanks for sharing it was absolutely delicious! Definitely will be putting this recipe and your tip in rotation.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinMar 7, 2023

      Hi Charlotte, wow! That sounds amazing! I am thrilled that the recipe was a success. Thank you for sharing your process and feedback. Enjoy!

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    Richard MulveyFeb 17, 2023

    This recipe was followed exactly! The meat was soo tough! It was like chewing on Boot Leather it was so bad! It was oily with no flavor. All around horrible dish.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinFeb 17, 2023

      Hi Richard, where do you purchase lamb shoulder chops? Mine are never chewy. I get them at Whole Foods or Costco. I am trying to understand why yours would be chewy. Did you get an extra thick cut?

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        LilyMay 29, 2023

        I have never had a tender lamb shoulder chop in my life unless it was slow-cooked in one form or another. I always season them, brown them in a skillet, add a little chicken broth or water, cover and cook on low heat, turning occasionally. Beautifully tender every time.

        Lamb shoulder chops are also excellent for lamb stew (they do not need to be cut up.)

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        JanetMar 3, 2023

        I get mine from a wonderful local farmer whose lambs are beautifully raised and fed, and Intend to agree with Richard in that there are many sinus, bones and some fat, making them quite a challenge to eat! The meat was tender, but for me this recipe was much too fatty what with the fat of the lamb and the oil. As for Costco meats, I used to get them all the time until I became more conscious of where their meat comes from, and what the animals are fed to make their meat so incredibly tender! Now I shop locally and I know how the animals are treated and what they are fed. This is more important to me now than excessive tenderness! What I loved about this lamb recipe, though, is the flavour of the garlic, fresh rosemary and salt! Thanks for posting!

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          Natalya DrozhzhinMar 3, 2023

          Hi Janet, I love how conscientious and picky you are about your meat. You are doing the right thing. Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, I am thrilled that the recipe was a success. Enjoy!

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    Alton D.Jan 23, 2023

    Just made this last night for my wife and she loved it. Very easy to prepare. I used a little Morton salt and pepper rub with a little Island Spice all purpose seasoning and let it marinate for a few hours in the fridge. Prior to cooking in a cast iron skillet, I rubbed some of the seasoning off. This is a can't miss!!!!! Thanks

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJan 23, 2023

      Hi Alton, I am so thrilled that you and your wife loved this recipe! Sounds like it turned out delicious! Thank you for sharing your feedback, enjoy!

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    Nanette CJan 15, 2023

    I made them tonight marinated them from
    yesterday good thing I did read comments about putting them in the oven. They came out very good

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJan 16, 2023

      Nanette, thank you so much for sharing this. I am so glad you enjoyed them!

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    MariaJan 15, 2023

    I marinated my chops in Rosemary, Sage, Oregano, Mint, Salt & Pepper 3 tbp of lemon juice, 2 cloves garlic and olive oil. They came out very tasty, it's just that there was not a lot of meat on the chops that I bought, so this was disappointing. Your recipe saved me because I was following another "lamb shoulder recipe" and this recipe must have been if you were cooking the whole roast! I started the shoulder chops in the oven at 450 for about 15 minutes and then lowered the heat to 350. I thought I had to cook these for at least 1-2 hours (in the oven), however, they reached 160 degree internal temperature in less than 20 minutes. To me, they were a bit tough - and I would like this same recipe with regular lamb chops I think would be delicious. I served them with carmelized onions done with 2 tbsp honey and Near East Rice Pilaf - both were a nice compliment to the lamb. Can you cook regular lamb chops slowly in the oven? I don't cook them a lot because if I broil them they smell up the whole house.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJan 16, 2023

      Hi Maria, I am glad that you had a way of saving them, sounds like a delicious combo. Personally, I wouldn't recommend cooking lamb chops on low heat, I think high temp will make them crispy and tender. Low and slow can make them dry. Hope this helps. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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    JasonJan 13, 2023

    So I tried this recipe, and clearly something went wrong. After 3 minutes on one side alone, the chops were completely charred and internal temp was already 160.

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      Ken MatysAug 6, 2023

      Hi Jason, I too saw charring right off and it was because I left the marinade on. The garlic and the rosemary lit up like a Christmas Tree. I had read all of these comments before so as soon as the charring started, I scraped the marinade off and the second side went perfect. Also, high temp on a gas stove and cast iron pan is very different than a non-stick on an electric stove. So when the author says high heat in the recipe, what that really means is high heat for the stove and pan you are using. Today I has gas and cast iron so I reeled the temp to medium and that went well. On my other stove at an apartment I rent, which is a low quality electric, I would be cooking on a much higher setting even with my hexclad pans there. Hope this helps on your next efforts.

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      SteveJan 30, 2023

      "High" heat is not the same on every stove. Cook at whatever temp you normally cook steaks.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJan 13, 2023

      Hi Jason. I am so sorry to hear that! I have not experienced that myself, so I am interested in what could have happened.

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    LisaJan 9, 2023

    Hi Natalya, I'm planning on making these this evening for the first time!
    I don't have Avacado Oil and was wondering if Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil would work for the marinade?
    Thank you.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJan 9, 2023

      Hey there Lisa, You can absolutely use a different oil. I just prefer avocado oil for my recipes. Thank you for the question. Good luck! It's going to be delicious!

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    JordanJan 5, 2023

    I’m trying this but what heat do I use on the stove top? Hi,med?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJan 6, 2023

      Hi there Jordan, In the recipe, It says to preheat the pan on very high heat. Good luck!

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    HeatherDec 5, 2022

    The flavor was good but the cooking instructions did not work for me. When I seared each side 6 min, the internal temp was only 130 so I lowered the heat and cooked covered. The outside ended up being too overdone. I think I should have seared them for less time on each side and then cook at a lower heat to raise the internal temperature - similar to how I would cook steak.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinDec 5, 2022

      Hi Heather, I think I understand what could have happened. In the recipe, I state to finish cooking the lamb in the oven after searing on a cast iron skillet. I hope it was still quite tasty. Thank you for your feedback.

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        KarenDec 22, 2022

        It doesn't mention the oven in the recipe, but I see it in your blog post above the recipe.

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          Natalya DrozhzhinDec 22, 2022

          Hey Karen, you can finish it off in the oven if you prefer to. Usually the cuts I get, I just cook them on a pan for about 6 minutes on each side. The oven method also helps when you are trying to cook a thicker cut of lamb. The oven should be preheated to 400°F, baking time varies depending on how well done you want it. Hope this helps.

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            [emailprotected]Jan 14, 2024

            Your instructions aren't clear. The oven wasn't mentioned

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              Natalya DrozhzhinJan 15, 2024

              Hey, Cooking the lamb chops in the oven is mentioned under the "How to Cook the Lamb Shoulder Chops" section. A lot of tips are written throughout the blog post. I hope this helps clarify!

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    AndreaNov 23, 2022

    What type of oil do you use?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinNov 23, 2022

      Hi Andrea, My go to is 100% organic Avocado oil.

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    JosieMay 12, 2022

    Aww man these were so good. I only had two but I used the same amount of marinade as above. My cook time was 5 minutes per side with a 5 rest. Definitely on my to do again list. 👍🏽👍🏽

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      Natalya DrozhzhinMay 12, 2022

      Hi Josie - That's so great to hear. We are obsessed with these chops. Can't get enough and glad you feel the same.

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    NesterMay 1, 2022

    Should I leave it to marinate in the fridge or counter?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinMay 2, 2022

      Hi Nester, I would suggest keeping it in the refrigerator. Hope you love it

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    MaryApr 17, 2022

    First time having a Lamb Shoulder chop and I used a mixture of herbs, instead of just rosemary and everything else you listed, it turned out perfect! Thanks!

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      Natalya DrozhzhinApr 17, 2022

      So glad to hear that, Mary!

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    Martha CalkinsApr 13, 2022

    Nutrition Facts say 74 calories per serving …I.e., per shoulder chop. I don’t know about the rest of the values, but, that can’t be right. Even without the oil marinade, lamb is between 60 and 100 calories per ounce.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinApr 13, 2022

      Hmm, that is an interesting point, Martha! We will have to look into that. We use an outside program to calculate nutritional info and sometimes it's a little finicky.

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    VanaMar 26, 2022

    My first time making lamb shoulder chops, so I don’t have garlic or rosemary right now. I have a lot of different organic dry seasoning! What can I use? And I just want to bake it and with out searing it. How long can I bake it and at what degrees for?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinMar 26, 2022

      Hi Vana- you can use dry herbs instead- dried rosemary is fine, and whatever other herbs you like! They are stronger than fresh herbs so make sure you only use a sprinkle. As for baking it, I haven't baked it without searing first, so I would recommend searing it for atleast a few minutes per side so that it gets that beautiful dark sear on it. The oven should be preheated to 400°F, baking time varies depending on how well done you want it. Start at around 8-10 minutes and keep an eye on the internal temp until it hits your desired temp. Well done would be 170°F. Hope this helps!

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    Aleah BloomfieldMar 12, 2022

    It sounds Delicious & easy but at what TEMPERATURE should I set THE OVEN and for how long ?

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      Natalya DrozhzhinMar 13, 2022

      Hi Aleah- The oven should be preheated to 400°F, baking time varies depending on how well done you want it and how much you seared it! Start at around 8-10 minutes and keep an eye on the internal temp until it hits your desired temp. Well done would be 170°F.

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    GregoryFeb 24, 2022

    Can I use rosemary seasoning and how much equal to fresh rosemary

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      Natalya DrozhzhinFeb 25, 2022

      Hi Gregory- I couldn't tell you the exact amount as I've only used fresh, but generally you would use a lot less of a dry herb than fresh. So maybe start at 1/2tsp or 1tsp and go from there. Hope this helps!

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    ElizabethFeb 20, 2022

    I had a similar experience as some others: the chops curled in the hot skillet; lots of smoke. The sear was more of a burn, but then not cooked inside. I lowered the heat & covered the pan to help the insides cook. Once complete, the meat was chewy. I suspect this would be a delicious receipe for a more tender cut of chop, but I think I should have gone with what the internet was telling me: shoulder chops are a tougher cut & should be braised &/or slow cooked.

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      SharApr 27, 2022

      So true I bake mine at 350 for about 2.5 hrs. They are tender and very good.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinFeb 20, 2022

      Hi Elizabeth- I'm sorry the recipe didn't come out as you'd hoped. If you decide to give it another go, perhaps you can try partially cooking it in the oven to reduce the amount of smoke. To cook lamb shoulder chops in the oven, you'll want to use a cast iron skillet. Brown both sides of lamb shoulder to a nice crust. Place it in an oven (400°) for the remainder of the cooking time, until you hit the desired temperature. (145°F for medium rare, 160°F for medium, or 170°F for well done.) Hope this helps!

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        Kay GraceFeb 19, 2023

        I had the same experience - using a cast iron Dutch oven. Surprised I didn’t set off the smoke alarm ! I too covered sns reduced the heat. I was pleasantly surprised - very tasty. Next time I will sear only and then bake. I didn’t read all the comments first.. the recipe clearly doesn’t indicate what you mention in the comments. Might consider amending the recipe. Thanks !

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    India BJan 26, 2022

    I absolutely love this recipe! A hit for my Fiancé and I each time I make it.
    Thank you for sharing!

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJan 26, 2022

      India, you are so welcome! Thank you for the feedback.

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    LisaJan 22, 2022

    Hi Natalia.....can I marinade overnight? I have to say that I have never made lamb shoulder chops before. When I do a rack of lamb, I marinade my rack in apple juice overnight. Then I pat dry and season with my herbs of choice. I then I put on a sear burner until med rare and they are simply fantastic. A chef friend of mine in a 5 star restaurant in Melbourne shared this recipe with me. I highly recommend you trying the will not be disappointed.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJan 22, 2022

      Hi, Lisa! You can marinade overnight! The rack of lamb you describe sounds amazing, thanks for sharing!

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    Jenny DraperJan 17, 2022

    We loved this! I traded some fresh caught Halibut for a couple packs of lamb shoulder steaks. This recipe was very easy to follow. I cook a lot and often, just not familiar with lamb. Thank you for sharing. My pan got so hot and the temp did not come down fast enough when I introduced the meat to the pan. I turned them at 4 minutes, followed with 8 minutes on side 2. Rested for 5 and enjoyed our steaks with a cauliflower veggie egg fried rice and naan bread.

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      Natalya DrozhzhinJan 17, 2022

      OKAY! I'm officially hungry now, Jenny. That sounds so bomb. I'm obsessed with naan bread and cauliflower rice, so this would be a dream meal for me. Thanks for the kind words and so nice to hear from you!

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Is lamb shoulder chop tough? ›

Keep in mind, the shoulder cut has more connective tissue; therefore, it can be tough and hard to chew. For this reason, I prefer to braise the lamb shoulder chops, to get that falling-off-the-bone, tender result. Furthermore, lamb has a distinct taste and stands up well to assertive seasonings and flavors.

What is the difference between lamb chops and lamb shoulder chops? ›

Traditional lamb chops come from the rib, loin, sirloin and shoulder of the animal. Shoulder chops (also called blade and arm chops) require a shorter amount of cooking time than other cuts, making them an economical and flavorful choice for quick and easy meals.

Can you overcook lamb shoulder chops? ›

Shoulder chops are best cooked medium rather than rare or well done. If rare the meat can be too tough and if well done they can be too dry. If your lamb chops are chewy they may be overcooked or you haven't allowed them to rest before serving.

Does lamb shoulder get more tender the longer you cook it? ›

Slow cooking in liquid transforms tougher cuts of lamb into fork-tender meat. Neck, shoulder and belly, either diced or as whole joints, are the best cuts for slow cooking and need to be cooked for at least 2 hrs at 150C to soften the meat.

Is it better to cook lamb slow or fast? ›

Lower temp = more succulent meat – Tough cuts like lamb shoulder need slow-cooking to tenderise them. The lower the roasting temperature, the less total moisture evaporation and thus juicier meat.

How is lamb shoulder most often prepared? ›

Ideal Cooking Methods: Due to its higher fat and connective tissue content, the lamb shoulder shines when subjected to various slow-cooking methods. Braising, stewing and slow roasting break down its tissues, rendering the meat succulently tender.

Are lamb shoulder chops gamey? ›

Some cuts of lamb have more gamey flavor than others because of their overall fat content. If that flavor isn't to your liking, avoid cuts from the shoulder, shank and leg. This includes shoulder chops, bone-in or boneless leg of lamb, and stew meat.

Is lamb shoulder a cheap cut? ›

Shoulder. Actually taken from the bottom half of the lamb, this large cut makes a cheap alternative to leg. Roast whole joints studded with herbs, garlic and anchovies.

Is lamb shoulder chops a good cut of meat? ›

Lamb Shoulder

This large muscle is full of rich and sweet meat. Lamb shoulder steak can be presented whole, as a roast, or cut into steak-sized chops or diced for stew meat. Lamb shoulder meat has quite a bit of marbling, giving it flavor but also toughness and chew, so this is a cut that requires long cooking methods.

Can you eat lamb shoulder chops rare? ›

It is safe to eat lamb rare or mutton as long as the outer surface is thoroughly seared. Similar to beef, harmful bacteria like E. Coli are typically found on the meat's exterior. That said, you should still be mindful and use a handy meat thermometer when cooking the lamb to rare doneness to guarantee your safety.

Should I sear lamb chops before the oven? ›

We recommend first searing lamb chops on a hot cast iron for 1 minute per side then finish in a pre-heated oven set to 350 °F.

What temperature should lamb shoulder chops be cooked to? ›

Cook all raw lamb steaks, chops, and roasts to a minimum internal temperature of 145° F (62.8° C) as measured with a food thermometer before removing meat from the heat source. For safety and quality, allow meat to rest for at least three minutes before carving or consuming.

Which is better lamb chops or lamb shoulder? ›

The shoulder is a hard-working and fatty area on the animal, which means that chops from that region are less tender than a rib or loin chop. However, they have a significantly bolder flavor; in my opinion, the trade-off is well worth it.

Is lamb shoulder a tender cut? ›

Like leg, the shoulder works hard, so it is full of flavour but can be tough if undercooked or cooked too quickly. Using this cut of lamb with the bone in, imparts additional flavour.

Is lamb shoulder a good cut of meat? ›

Lamb shoulder is an ideal joint for slow-cooked dishes as it complements rich flavours, providing a tender source of protein that won't cost the earth. Lamb shoulder can produce a variety of different cuts, from shoulder shanks to shoulder chops. Shoulder shanks are very popular.

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