Irresistible Recipe: Lamb Shoulder Chops with Red Wine

Welcome, dear friends and fellow food lovers, to this simple and delicious recipe for lamb shoulder chops with red wine. If you’re a fan of lamb meat, then this recipe will surely excite your palate with its mouth-watering flavors and juicy texture.

Nothing excites me more than cooking with the freshest ingredients, blending the perfect spices, and enjoying a hearty meal with family and friends. Lamb meat happens to be one of my favorite meats to cook with because it adds a unique flavor and aroma to the dish that can’t be replicated by any other meat.

In this recipe, we’ll braise the lamb shoulder chops in a tantalizing blend of red wine and chicken broth. The mixture is infused with lemon juice, sea salt, garlic, and aromatic herbs that deliver a sweet, savory, and tangy flavor profile like no other.

So whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just want to spice up your weeknight dinner menu, give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Lamb Shoulder Chops W/ Wine - Simple and Delicious
Lamb Shoulder Chops W/ Wine – Simple and Delicious

Dear food enthusiasts,

Are you in search of a delicious and satisfying meal that’s both easy to cook and full of flavor? Look no further, for I present to you my lamb shoulder chops with wine recipe that is bound to delight your taste buds and leave you longing for more!

Imagine this – tender lamb shoulder chops seared to perfection, simmered in a rich wine sauce that’s full of aroma and flavor. The meat is so juicy and tender that it falls off the bone at the slightest touch, while the savory sips of the wine sauce take you on a delightful culinary journey.

Not only is this recipe easy to follow, but it also requires minimum effort and time, making it an ideal meal for busy weeknights or intimate gatherings. In addition, the ingredient list is simple yet carefully selected to maximize flavor and texture.

With delicate notes of lemon juice and garlic serving as the perfect complement to the bold red wine, each bite of the lamb chops coated in the wine sauce will be a culinary adventure.

To conclude, whether you’re a seasoned chef or a cooking novice, this lamb shoulder chops with wine recipe will satisfy your cravings for an unforgettable dish. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to treat yourself to this divine meal that will instantly elevate your dining experiences.

So what are you waiting for? Roll up your sleeves, grab all the required ingredients, and let’s embark together on a journey of culinary excellence!

Ingredient List

 Aromatic herbs and red wine make a killer combo for these lamb chops.
Aromatic herbs and red wine make a killer combo for these lamb chops.

Ingredients for Lamb Shoulder Chops With Wine Recipe

  • 4-8 shoulder lamb chops (preferably bone-in)
  • Sea Salt and Lemon Pepper for seasoning the lamb chops (as desired)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 2 medium Onions, sliced into half moon rings
  • 12 ounce Lamb Shoulder Blade Chops or Deselect 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 to 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 8 to 12 ounces Red Wine (a wine blend plus a tablespoon of White Wine is recommended)
  • Lemon juice from 1/4 lemon (optional)

I recommend that all ingredients be fresh for best results.

The Recipe How-To

 A juicy lamb shoulder chop is calling your name.
A juicy lamb shoulder chop is calling your name.

This lamb shoulder chops recipe is relatively straightforward and quick to prepare with basic ingredients. However, the result is nothing short of a culinary masterpiece! To achieve juicy and perfectly cooked lamb, we recommend soaking the shoulder chops in a mixture of lemon juice, sea salt, lemon pepper, and garlic clove for at least 30 minutes before cooking.


  • 4-8 lamb shoulder chops (depending on their size)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 8-12 garlic cloves
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste

The Preparation

  1. Soak lamb chops in mixture of lemon juice, sea salt, lemon pepper, and garlic clove for at least 30 minutes
  2. Remove the soaked lamb chops from the refrigerator about 20 minutes before cooking
  3. Pat dry the lamb chops and season with sea salt and pepper
  4. Heat olive oil in your pan over medium-high heat until hot.
  5. Add seasoned lamb chops to the pan and cook them on high heat for about 3-4 minutes per side or until fully browned.
  6. Remove the meat from your pan and set aside.
  7. In the same pan, add finely minced onions and sliced garlic cloves, cook for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Pour chicken broth into the pan by deglazing it with red wine.
  9. Season the sauce with freshly ground pepper and salt to taste.
  10. Lay the browned lambchops in a baking dish in a single layer.
  11. Add your braised onions/garlic on top of each chop then pour wine sauce evenly over everything in your dish.
  12. Bake at 350°F for approximately 30-40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches medium-rare or 130-135℉ before resting.

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect dish for a cozy night in: Lamb shoulder chops with red wine.
The perfect dish for a cozy night in: Lamb shoulder chops with red wine.

Ah, but tarry a moment my dear friends, for in this recipe I present to thee lies opportunities for substitutions and variations aplenty! Forsooth, thou mayest make changes to the ingredients to suit thy preference or thou mayest add thy own special touch to the recipe.

If thee dost not have red wine on hand, fret not! White wine will work just as well or thee could use chicken broth instead. Though I caution thee, it may result in a different flavor profile than originally intended.

As for the lamb chops, shoulder blade chops or lamb loin chops would also do nicely, although cooking time cuts may differ depending on the change made. If thine heart desires more herbaceous notes, thou could garnish with rosemary or marinate the lamb beforehand. Likewise, if looking for more garlic flavor, adding more minced garlic or roasted garlic could do the trick.

Thee might also consider slow cooking the lamb until it is tender enough to fall off the bone or grilling for a smoky charred taste. Moreover, if thee doth prefer a slight sweetness with thy savory dish, cherry jam or balsamic vinegar might make worthwhile additions.

Remember always that in cooking there is naught but limit to your creativity and ingenuity. So let your imagination run wild and experiment with a wide variety of flavors that so delight your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 A dish this good doesn't need much- just a few simple ingredients to let the lamb shine.
A dish this good doesn’t need much- just a few simple ingredients to let the lamb shine.

After all the hard work, the moment you’ve been waiting for is here—the serving and pairing of the delightful lamb shoulder chops. For a complete and flavorful meal, I recommend serving lamb shoulder chops with creamy mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables.

Now, let’s talk about the perfect wine to pair with this classic dish. Lamb is rich in flavor and complexity, so it requires a full-bodied wine to complement its taste. A bottle of red wine would be an excellent option to serve. The braised lamb shoulder chops will be beautifully paired with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Malbec.

A bottle of earthy Bordeaux would also complement the herbaceous flavors of this dish. Rich red wines with a slight spice undertone are best served alongside the braised lamb shoulder chops, making it an irresistible combination for any wine lover.

A refreshing white wine could work wonders too if you’re feeling adventurous. A chilled glass of Chardonnay or a sauvignon blanc would balance out the richness of the lamb flavored by flavors like garlic and rosemary.

So there it is, a complete guide to serving and pairing lamb shoulder chops with the perfect wine that will bring out all their delicious flavors. Follow these suggestions for guaranteed satisfaction and impress your guests at your next dinner party with this mouth-watering meal choice!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Your taste buds will thank you when you try these lamb chops with red wine.
Your taste buds will thank you when you try these lamb chops with red wine.

Shoulder lamb chops with wine sauce are perfect for making ahead! To make these in advance, follow all the steps up until the sauce. Store the cooked lamb chops separate from the wine sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two days.

To reheat, simply place the lamb chops on a baking sheet and heat them in a 350°F oven for about 5-10 minutes, or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat lamb chops in the microwave on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.

The red wine sauce can be stored separately in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat it gently over low to medium heat, whisking occasionally until completely warmed through.

When reheating lamb shoulder chops with wine sauce, you might find that the sauce has thickened. To get it back to its desired consistency, add some extra chicken broth or water and stir well.

This recipe is perfect for large gatherings or parties since you can make it ahead of time and reheat as needed. The flavors develop even more as they sit in the fridge, so don’t be afraid to prepare these a day or two before your big event.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Simple and delicious- the way food should be.
Simple and delicious- the way food should be.

Lamb shoulder chops are an excellent dinner option for when you’re craving something hearty yet elegant. There is, however, a technique to cooking them just right to ensure the meat is juicy and tender. Below are some tips that will help you achieve perfect results when cooking lamb shoulder chops with red wine.

1. Soak the Lamb Shoulder Chops in Lemon Juice

Soaking the lamb shoulder chops in lemon juice for 30 minutes prior to cooking will not only improve its flavor but also tenderize the meat. The acidity in lemon juice helps to break down the tough fibers, resulting in maximum succulence.

2. Sear the Chops on High Heat

Cooking time cuts may vary between 4 to 12 ounce lamb shoulder chops due to their thickness. Still, one thing remains constant: searing them on high heat before braising is crucial for sealing in moisture and adding texture.

3. Experiment with Different Wine Blends

Red wine pairs exceptionally well with lamb, but you can also experiment with different blends of your choosing, such as a Mediterranean or garlic-braised white wine, depending on your taste preferences.

4. Season and Rub the Chops

Before searing the lamb chops, pat them dry with paper towels, then season them with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. For extra flavor, rub them with garlic cloves or an herb blend of your choosing, such as rosemary and thyme.

5. Let the Chops Rest Before Serving

Allowing the lamb shoulder chops to rest for a few minutes after removing them from the heat is essential for even distribution of juices throughout the meat. This step ensures that each bite is just as juicy and flavorful as it should be.

Follow these tips for perfect results every time you cook lamb shoulder chops with red wine, whether you prefer slow-cooked or grilled variations of this delicious meal.


Before concluding this recipe article, let me provide you with some answers to frequently asked questions about this lamb shoulder chops with wine recipe. I understand that there may be some doubts or concerns regarding certain aspects of this recipe, so I hope that addressing these will help you prepare it with more confidence and ease. So, let’s get into the FAQs.

What wine goes with lamb shoulder?

When it comes to pairing wine and food, Rioja and red Bordeaux are undeniably iconic. However, there’s a vast world of wine out there with equally delightful combinations. For instance, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not give Chilean carmenère or Italian Chianti a chance? And don’t forget that white wine can also stand its ground with meat dishes. Opt for full-bodied and oaked varieties, like white Rioja, to elevate your dining experience.

What is the best cooking techniques for shoulder of lamb?

As a sommelier, I’ve learned that the cooking method used for making a dish can greatly affect its taste and texture. Slow, simmer and roast are three popular methods of cooking, each offering unique benefits. When it comes to roasting, for instance, one should always remember to cover the meat loosely with foil and place it in a preheated oven for two and a half to three hours. This is especially crucial when cooking meat that needs to be tender and juicy, such as pork or beef. Don’t forget to remove the foil in the last 30 minutes of cooking time in order to let the meat brown and develop a delicious crust. Once done, let the dish sit covered for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to fully develop, while the juices get reserved for later use.

What cooking method is best for lamb chops?

When cooking lamb chops or steaks, it is recommended to use high heat and cook them quickly. Depending on their thickness, you can also opt for a quick roast.

Do I need to soak lamb chops before cooking?

When it comes to cooking lamb chops, it’s essential to remove as much fat as possible in order to fully enjoy their unique flavors. A helpful tip to achieve this is to soak the chops in a mixture of lemon or vinegar water for about half an hour. This simple step is known to open up the pores of the meat, allowing it to absorb more flavors during the cooking process.

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

Lamb chops are obtained from different parts of the animal’s body, such as the rib, loin, sirloin, and shoulder. When it comes to cooking, shoulder chops are a cost-effective and delicious option as they require less time to cook compared to other cuts. They are perfect for those looking for a quick and effortless meal.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this recipe for braised lamb shoulder chops with red wine is a perfect entrée for those cold winter nights. The flavors of the lamb shoulder chops marry well with the Mediterranean braising liquid to create a delicious and tender dish. With its simplicity and ease, anyone can make this dish and have it on their table in no time.

Moreover, this dish is versatile enough to be paired with a variety of sides, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes or even a light salad. It’s also an ideal dish to pair with a glass of red wine, preferably the same red wine that was used in the cooking process, to add an extra depth of flavor to your evening.

So why not give this recipe a try? You will not be disappointed by the succulent, flavorful result. Impress your friends and family with a savory and hearty dinner that they’ll surely enjoy. Get creative with your sides or just stick to some warm bread and butter — whatever works best for you! With this easy-to-follow recipe, you can’t go wrong.

Lamb Shoulder Chops W/ Wine - Simple and Delicious

Lamb Shoulder Chops W/ Wine - Simple and Delicious Recipe

Really quick and yummy recipe I came up with when my husband was craving lamb! YUM!
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Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2 lamb shoulder chops
Calories 339.4 kcal


  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • lemon pepper
  • 2 shoulder lamb chops
  • 1 -2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons whipping cream


  • Preheat over to 375.
  • Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil and add the chops inches.
  • Season them generously with sea salt, pepper, and lemon and pepper spice. Saute until chops are lightly browned.
  • Add wine, broth, lemon juice, and whipping cream to pot.
  • Bring to light boil.
  • Place pan in oven COVERED and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Turn the chops on the other side and bake for another 30 minutes.
  • *Optional* Remove all liquid from pan. Roast for an additional 10 minutes.
  • ENJOY!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 265gCalories: 339.4kcalCarbohydrates: 9.3gProtein: 2.2gFat: 23.4gSaturated Fat: 4.7gCholesterol: 10.3mgSodium: 197.1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3.3g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Lamb/Sheep, Meat, One-Dish Meal
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