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Lamb Shoulder with Green Chilli and Coconut

Lamb Shoulder with Green Chilli and Coconut

You need to try this delicious slow cooked lamb shoulder marinated in green chilli, lime. tomato, coriander & coconut. Serve alongside roasted & mashed butternut, fennel roasted cauliflower and crispy kale.

Lamb Shoulder with Green Chilli and Coconut


Recipe & image courtesy of the clever folk over at

PREPARATION TIME: 20 minutes Cook Time: 6 hours

1 lamb bone-in shoulder (approx 1.5-2kg), trimmed

Green chilli and coconut chutney:

1 long green chilli, chopped

1 tbsp lime juice

1 cup chopped coriander stems and leaves

½ cup fresh mint

1 ripe Roma tomato, chopped

¼ cup shredded coconut

½ butternut pumpkin

½ bunch kale, washed and dried, stems removed and torn into pieces

1 tbsp olive oil

½ head cauliflower, florets

1 tsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed



  1. Blend chilli, lime, tomato, coriander and mint and blend until smooth. Season. Add coconut and blend until combined. Spread half over the lamb and reserve remainder in the fridge. Prick the lamb all over with a sharp knife so the marinade gets into the lamb. Allow to sit for half an hour, or refrigerate overnight if possible.
  2. Preheat oven to 150°C (140°C fan-forced). Place lamb in a large roasting dish with 1 cup water and cover tightly with foil. Cook for 5 hours until fork tender.
  3. Remove foil and roast for another hour.
  4. Place pumpkin cut-side down on a baking tray lined with baking paper and cook in oven for one hour while lamb is cooking until very soft. Scoop out seeds. Scoop out flesh and mash.
  5. Spread kale out on a baking tray and drizzle with half the oil, season lightly. Bake for 10-15 minutes at the end of the lamb cooking time until edges are brown but not burnt.
  6. Place cauliflower in a large bowl with remaining oil and fennel seeds and season lightly. Toss to coat. Spread on a baking tray and cook for 30 minutes until crisp at the edges and golden brown.
  7. Shred the lamb with two forks and serve with pumpkin mash, kale chips, cauliflower and extra marinade.



  1. Lamb shoulder can be cooked and shredded the day before. It’s easiest if you shred the lamb while it’s still warm.
  2. Chillies vary so much in heat that it’s wise to add a little and taste the sauce and then add a bit more until it’s just right.
  3. Use a salad spinner to get kale leaves as dry as possible. If you don’t have one, place it between two clean tea towels and pat dry. This will help it crisp in the oven.


SWITCH TO MAKE: Pulled Lamb Burger with Green Chilli Raita. -> Serve shredded lamb on a brioche bun with caramelised onions, mash the roast pumpkin and fold through some of the marinade plus a finely chopped cucumber through a cup of Greek yoghurt for a spicy but cooling raita.


DISCLAIMER: We have tweaked the recipe slightly to improve on perfection (-: