Slow-cooked lamb shoulder with asparagus & samphire

Slow-cooked lamb shoulder with asparagus & samphire

Laura Edwards

Like English asparagus, I think the spring lamb we get here is some of the best in the world. It’s also really good value if you buy something like a whole shoulder, during the season.

My friend Gloria from Mas Rabiol almost always uses milk-fed lamb, which comes from the farm next to her – you can’t get fresher than that!

You can grill the shoulder on an open fire; the smoky flavour is a perfect match for the asparagus and the samphire.


Quantity Ingredient
3 sprigs marjoram, leaves stripped and finely chopped
small bunch finely chopped parsley
3 anchovies, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 lemon, finely grated zested
1 tablespoon capers, drained and rinsed
splash sherry vinegar
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
1 large lamb shoulder, boned, (about 2 kg)
200ml fino sherry
2 bunches asparagus
200g trimmed and washed samphire


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Mix together the herbs and anchovies with the garlic, lemon zest, capers and vinegar. Season well and add the olive oil to make a paste. Unroll the lamb and spread the mixture all over the inside. Loosely roll it up and tie with cook’s string. Put the lamb in a roasting tin, drizzle with oil and season all over.
  3. Roast for 20 minutes then lower the oven to 150°C. Pour in the sherry and add a splash of water, then cover with foil and cook for 2 1/2–3 hours until really tender.
  4. Cook the asparagus in boiling water for 1 minute. Add the samphire and cook for 30 seconds. Drain and refresh in cold water.
  5. When the lamb is cooked, set the meat aside to rest. Skim the fat from the cooking juices and toss the asparagus and samphire through the juices. Shred the lamb and serve with the vegetables.
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