Citrus Braised Lamb

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As much as I love beef, sometimes I get a hankering for red meat with a little more flavor, and lamb almost always does the trick. While a lot of people are used to lamb chops and leg of lamb, I have fallen in love with braising lamb shoulder. This method produces some delicious vegetables, as well as a fantastic liquid that can be reduced into a sauce. Braising is cooking meat, usually after searing, for a long time in liquid, in a closed pot. The result is an ultra-tender, flavorful meal, that took very little effort to produce. Score!

The cut of lamb here is not important — just try to select bone-in cuts as they will add some extra flavor, and are great to save to make bone broth in the future. This recipe works not only with lamb shoulder, but would be suitable for a leg of lamb as well — just be sure to scale up the cooking time for the bigger cuts of meat.

If you don’t have lamb, this recipe is super versatile and can be used with most cuts of beef that have plenty of collagen and fat, like chuck roast.

Citrus Braised Lamb Shoulder |
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Citrus Braised Lamb Shoulder
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Serves: 4
  • 2 tbsp solid cooking fat
  • 2-3 lb lamb shoulder roast, bone-in
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cups bone broth
  • 1 orange, zest reserved and juiced
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 1½ lbs carrots, cut into 1½-inch chunks
  • Additional sea salt, to taste
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Rub the salt all over the outside of the lamb roast.
  2. Place the solid cooking fat in the bottom of a heavy-bottomed pot that is oven-safe on medium-high heat.
  3. When the fat is melted and the pan is hot, add the roast, and brown for about 3-4 minutes a side.
  4. Remove from the pot, turn down the heat, and add the onions. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring, until just browned.
  5. Add the bone broth, orange juice, rosemary and lamb roast back to the pot, fatty side up. Sprinkle with orange zest, cover, and place in the oven.
  6. Cook for 1½ hours; remove from the oven and add the carrots, making sure to coat them in the braising liquid. Place back in the oven to cook for another hour. The roast is finished when it is easily torn apart with a fork, and the vegetables are tender.
  7. If you would like, remove the lamb and vegetables and reduce the liquid for 10 minutes or so to create a flavorful sauce.
Note: If you don't have a heavy-bottomed pot, you can brown the roast in a skillet and transfer to a roasting dish covered with foil to cook in the oven. If you use this method, make sure to check periodically to make sure there is enough liquid in the bottom of the pan.


About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness and a co-teacher of AIP Certified Coach. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She has a Master's degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Nutrition, and is the author of three best-selling books--The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. You can watch her AIP cooking demos by following her on Instagram.


  • Sam says

    Looks so delicious!

  • Lisa says

    Made this today……delicious! !!

  • Debbie Czech says

    This sounds yummy! I am looking for new ways to cook meats that will fit in the scd diet, but I have a question! I am reading a lot about bone broth and how rich in collagen it is.I have recently been diagnosed as having collagenous colitis. Question: since I obviously have an autoimmune problem, and my body is puttine collagen in my colon, will the bone broths really be good for me, or should I stay away from them? Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Debbie! Unfortunately I am not a doctor and can’t answer questions about specific medical conditions. I would consult with your healthcare provider or nutritionist on this one.

      Wishing you the best!


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  • Karen.b. says

    Made but I put in crock pot and it was delicious.when I came home from work the house smelled so good.very good flavor.will make again.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Great to know it worked in the crock pot!

  • O says

    Does this recipe work for lamb tendon?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      O, I’ve never used that cut, but you can certainly try it!

  • Dave says

    Can someone advise me on how to do this with an instant pot?

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