Lamb: which are the best cheap cuts?

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Although it can be expensive, lamb is a traditional Aussie favourite. Still, there are really good, cheaper cuts of lamb that, when properly prepared, often taste better than the more pricey cuts.

As with other cheap cuts of meat, inexpensive lamb portions require slow cooking to really get the most flavour and to make them the most tender. Slow cooking also imparts a unique flavour typical of lamb.

Without further ado, here are the best cheap cuts of lamb.

Taken from the bottom half of the lamb, a shoulder roast is a cheaper alternative to a leg roast. Simply add herbs and whole cloves of garlic and roast slowly over potatoes. You can also ask a butcher for blade chops, which are nicely marbled, quite tender and, at half the price of lamb chops, a nice cheap alternative.

Try: Kate’s Roast Lamb

Scrag and middle neck
These cuts are taken from just below the head, whereas lamb neck comes from the middle of the animal. Scrag and middle neck is best diced and stewed in liquid, then served with roast vegetables. You can also ask for middle neck chops or fillets – the best cuts have a nice layer of fat running through the middle.

Try: Savoury Neck Chops

Perfect for braising, lamb neck has plenty of nicely marbled meat surrounding bone and connective tissue that, when stewed, imparts a lovely flavour and is nice and tender. Great for ragus, stews and casseroles.

Try: Lamb Rogan Josh

Taken from the back of the animal, chump chops or steaks are great for grilling, roasting or pan-frying, with or without the bone.

Lamb breast must be cooked very slowly to render the fat and so the meat can be pulled away from the rib and breast bones. You can also buy boned and rolled breast, but that will come at an extra cost.

Try: Nana’s Lamb Casserole

Sirloin roast
Sirloin is the muscle that connects the loin to the hind leg and is perfect for those who don’t want to lash out on a whole leg, or who are only feeding a small group. Can be grilled as steaks or popped in the oven and roasted.

Try: Roast Lamb

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

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Total Comments: 26
  1. 0

    Lamb cutlets are a cheap feed and come out best when baked on a rack in the oven. Sprinkle with salt, white pepper and a little bit of rosemary, plus a smear of butter.
    Roast some vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips and carrots in a baking dish in the oven with the cutlets, and you have a cheap, very tasty meal.

  2. 0

    Lamb Shanks used to be cheap till the yuppies found them!

  3. 0

    No animal has to suffer for my dinner. I don’t eat meat, live and sleep well.

  4. 0

    what is wrong with lambs fry & bacon, if cooked slowly and lightly with lots of gravy. I buy 2 as my neighbors love it too

  5. 0

    Lamb offcuts at $3 a kilo can make a nice irish stew with potatoes and vegies.Love lamb cutlets but at prices over $20 a kilo its out of my price range.

  6. 0

    I think Leon had better Dig Deeper !!
    Leg of Lamb 🙂 🙂 🙂 My Oven has Cobwebs in it !!

  7. 0

    In europe the cut – back strap was served up at a cost of 70 euro a kilogram !!!
    $100 Australian…

  8. 0

    The size of cuts/legs it’s Mutton Dressed up as Lamb at Lamb Prices.
    To dear for me.

  9. 0

    Cheap cuts of lamb!!? What bloody world do they – and you – come from Leon?

  10. 0

    All cuts look best on the lamb!

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