December 7, 2023

Pistachio-Mint Crusted Lamb Shoulder


Recipe by 

Swarnika Prakash

Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

2 hr 30 min

Total Time

2 hr 40 min



Pistachio-Mint Crusted Lamb Shoulder on serving platter


Pistachio-Herb Crust:

1 cup shelled pistachios, toasted

1 cup fresh arugula, packed

1 cup fresh mint leaves, packed

4 cloves garlic

1/3 cup olive oil

1 lime, juiced

Salt and pepper to taste

Lamb Shoulder:

1 (4-5 pounds) American Lamb boneless shoulder roast (or leg)

Salt and black pepper to taste


1/2 cup Pomegranate kernels 


Preheat oven to 325°F.

In a food processor, combine the toasted pistachios, arugula, mint, garlic, olive oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until the mixture is smooth. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Pat the American Lamb shoulder dry with paper towels. Season it generously with salt and pepper.

Spread the pistachio-herb mixture generously and evenly over the lamb. Reserve some mixture for drizzling during serving.

Roast for about 2 to 2.5 hours or until the internal temperature reaches your desired doneness (145°F for medium-rare).
Cover the lamb with aluminum foil if it is starting to get too dark.

Remove the lamb from the oven and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.

Slice the lamb shoulder, drizzle over the mint-pistachio sauce, and some pomegranate kernels. 

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest


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