Slow Roasted Greek Shoulder of Lamb

  • Author: Recipe Winners, recipe from our friend Tracy
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 serves


Slow roasted Greek shoulder of lamb will be the juiciest, most incredible roast you have ever had. Foolproof, with minimal effort and maximum flavour, and so tender you won’t even need a knife to carve it.


  • 1.5kg (3 1/2 pound) lamb shoulder, bone in
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 fat cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary leaves or 3 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves or 3 teaspoons of dried thyme
  • juice of half a medium lemon
  • 1 whole preserved lemon, flesh removed, rinsed and finely chopped – you could use the zest of 6 or so lemons if you don’t have preserved lemon
  • 1/2 cup of currants
  • handful of Italian parsley, chopped


  • preheat oven to 200c (390f) on bake, not fan
  • keep aside a little of the preserved lemon  for garnish
  • in a small bowl add all ingredients except lamb and mix to a paste
  • spread 3 layers of tin foil, then another 3 layers of foil facing the opposite way
  • place lamb on foil and rub marinade all over top and bottom
  • wrap foil very tightly around lamb
  • sit lamb on a trivet, or cake rack in a baking dish
  • place in preheated oven on middle shelf for 10 minutes
  • reduce oven temperature to 130c (260f) and cook for 5 hours
  • carefully unwrap the foil and drain juices into a small saucepan 
  • cover lamb with foil
  •  reduce jus on medium heat until it reduces a little  (about 10 minutes)
  • pour jus into a serving jug
  • sprinkle parsley, preserved lemon and currants over lamb 
  • serve and enjoy!



  • you can marinade the lamb a day before baking, but bring it to room temperature before roasting
  • Category: meat and chicken
  • Method: roasting
  • Cuisine: Australian

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