Cuts of Lamb: How to choose your cut

Cuts of Lamb DIagram

We put this guide together for you to learn more about the different cuts of lamb we carry and which cooking methods they are best suited to. 

Happy cooking to all of ewe!



Best suited to: Slow cooking & braising

Why choose this cut: Lamb shanks come from the lower part of the back legs, there's tons of collagen in this cut, which is released as it cooks, slowly tenderizing the meat. 

Serving size: 1 shank serves 1-2 people depending on size (of the shank) and hunger (of the human)

Try this recipe: Lamb Shanks in Red Wine Gravy  




Best suited to: Slow roasting

Why choose this cut: This is the perfect cut of lamb for a dinner party or holiday celebration with family. High meat to bone ratio. Take extra care not to overcook this lean cut of lamb. 

Serving size: 1 kg of leg of lamb serves 4-6 people 

Try this recipe: Roast Leg of Lamb with Leeks & Potatoes 



Best suited to: Roasting or grilling

Why choose this cut: Like the bone-in leg, this serves a crowd, plus a small bonus: it's easier to carve. You've also got some options: try stuffing your boneless leg of lamb or throw it on the grill!

Serving size: 1 kg of leg of lamb serves 4-6 people 

Try this recipe: Leg of Lamb Shawarma 





Best suited to: Roasting or grilling 

Why choose this cut: You can't beat the Te Mana Lamb Frenched Rack. It's the most delicate and delicious cut of lamb. Rack of lamb is impressive to cook, but here's a little secret... it's not even that hard to do. Best served medium rare with a glass of red wine. 

Serving size: A single rack of lamb serves 2-3 people (2-4 chops per person). 

Try this recipe: Fool-Proof Frenched Racks




Best suited to: Grilling or pan-frying

Why choose this cut: These are awesome cooked on the BBQ, plus they're fast and easy to cook which makes them perfect for weeknight meals. Careful not to overcook these, they only need a couple minutes per side to be cooked to perfection. 

Serving size: 1-2 chops per person.

Try this recipe: Grilled Chops with Simple Spinach & Pea Salad




Best suited to: Stewing & slow roasting

Why choose this cut: This economical cut is ideal for slow roasting or stewing. Lamb shoulder has tons of lean juicy meat, the bone and generous marbling that when slow roasted, keeps the meat juicy and flavourful. 

Serving size: 2 kg shoulder serves 6-8 people.

Try this recipe: Slow Cooked Pulled Lamb 



Best suited to: Grilling or pan-searing

Why choose this cut: These lamb sirloin steaks are something special. They are so tender and delicious, we recommend cooking them as you would a boneless steak. 

Serving size: 1 steak is the perfect portion for 1

Try this recipe: Warm Lamb, Beet & Carrot Salad 



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