Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops

braised lamb shoulder chops
Diana Rattray
Ratings (44)
  • Total: 3 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 3 hrs
  • Yield: 4-6 Lamb Chops (4-6 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
910 Calories
60g Fat
13g Carbs
70g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Use your favorite dry red wine to flavor these comforting lamb shoulder chops. The chops are browned then braised in red wine along with a complementary combination of onions, rosemary, and garlic.

The long, slow, oven braising ensures tender, melt-in-your-mouth lamb chops.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium onions, halved, sliced to 1/4-inch thicknesslamb shoulder chops, 4 to 6
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry red wine, such as a Cabernet or Pinot
  • 3 tablespoons good quality Dijon mustard or similar gourmet mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary, or about 1 teaspoon dried crumbled rosemary

Steps to Make It

  1.  Heat the oven to 300 F. 

  2. Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the sliced onions in a heavy Dutch oven or stew pot over medium heat. Cook the onions, stirring frequently, until lightly browned. Remove to a plate and add the remaining olive oil. Add the chops―in batches, if necessary​―and cook, turning until nicely browned on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. 

  3. Add the onions back to the pot with the lamb and garlic.

  4. In a bowl or 2-cup measure, combine the dry red wine with the mustard, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Blend well with spoon or whisk. Pour over the lamb mixture. 

  5. If the pot isn't oven safe, move everything to a large baking pan or casserole. Cover the pot or pan tightly with a lid or foil.

  6. Braise in the oven for 2 to 3 hours, or until the lamb chops are very tender. Serve the lamb chops with the cooking juices. 

  7. Serve with mashed potatoes and cabbage,  or another side vegetable, along with warm biscuits or a hearty bread.
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