The Secret to a 20 Minute Lamb Shoulder Roast with Red Wine Jus

Ok, I admit that there is no way cook a 2.2 kg lamb shoulder roast in 20 minutes, unless it’s with a pressure cooker and even then you won’t have the right depth of flavour. I, just like many of you, am time pressed. The last thing I want to do after a hard day’s work is to slave away in the kitchen. I want something simple, something quick. For a mid week meal, need it always be a stir-fry? No, you can do a full-on lamb roast  and I’m going to show you just how you can enjoy this meal anytime, even during a busy week. It even is a great dish to make when you’re hosting a dinner party for 8 on a Friday after work, or for a quick yet satisfying Sunday roast!

For lamb to fall off the bone, it needs to be slow cooked in the oven for at least 3-4 hours. Because I’m at work all day, I don’t feel that it’s safe leaving the oven on. Enter the slow cooker, it’s a great way to get a flavourful cooked meal with minimal preparation. I feel that this is the fastest and most efficient way to have a hearty and flavoursome dinner prepared in just 20 mins. The catch is that while you are work, your dinner is cooking away, ready when you come home.

Couple of things to note too, you can choose not to marinate it, but I prefer to infuse the flavours. Another thing is that you can be creative with this recipe as long as you use a good quality lamb.

20 Minute Lamb Shoulder Roast with red wine jus

2.2 kg lamb shoulder (bone in)

1/2 bottle dry red wine

1 whole bulb garlic /roasted garlic

1 sprig of rosemary or 1 tbsp dried rosemary

1 bunch of thyme

250ml chicken stock

The night before:

5 minutes – Marinate the above except the chicken stock

The morning when you want to serve the roast:

15 mins -  Turn oven to the highest heat, take lamb out from the marinate (reserve) and rub with olive oil, salt and pepper. When oven is very hot, put the lamb in for 10 minutes, this will sear and brown it and will also save you cleaning a pot ;)

Put the lamb, marinate and 250ml of chicken stock into the slow cooker on low heat. While you spend your 8  hours at work, your dinner is being cooked. The sauce will become slightly thick and if you are having a dinner party you can take out the sauce, strain it and add more flavour. Otherwise, it really is good just straight from the slow cooker.

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  • Michelle Chin

    This is very clever!!!

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  • Lollcakes

    What a fantastic idea. Slow cookers have to be one of the best inventions yet!

  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks Michelle, hope that this post helps out those busy executives who want a healthy and simple dinner 8)

  • honeyandsoy

    They are! To think that I nearly donated mine…thank goodness I didn’t!


  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Did you have people beating down your door to come in? :P That look SO luscious! :o

  • Grabyourfork

    What a perfect idea for winter. I must use my slow cooker more often! Lamb on the bone is always a winner!

  • Faith

    What a perfect roast! I need to use my slow cooker more often…it always saves the day! :)

  • InTolerant Chef

    It’s so yummy when the meat just falls away like that! And all the juices concentrate down into such a fantastic sauce. Good job reminding people what a great gadget the slow cooker still is.

  • Anna Johnston

    I had to read this twice trying to figure out & then saw the ‘slow cooker’…. silly me :) I’ve not cooked a lamb this way, but it looks amazing….

  • soy

    Thanks Lorraine. Lol, they did, but it was because it’s freezing outside 8)

  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks Lorraine. Lol, they did, but it was because it’s freezing outside 8)


  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks Grabyourfork, love your nickname!

  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks faith, it really makes coming home from work extra pleasant 8)

  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks InTolerant Chef, hmmm feel like eating it again after reading your description….

  • honeyandsoy

    Lol Anna, hope you get to try this method ;)


  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks Lorraine. Lol, they did, but it was because it’s freezing outside 8)