Cuts of Lamb

One of the most important things is to choose the right cut for your meal.

It can be intimidating ordering at the butcher counter when you don’t know what cut of lamb to ask for, and we are here to help. This page provides information for selecting the right cut of lamb for your meal.

Talk to your local butcher about the availability of the lamb cuts as shown on this cut chart.


Neck Bone

Rib Chops

Loin Eye

Lamb (Loin)

Double Lamb
(Loin) Chops

Boneless Lamb
Shoulder Chops

Diced Shoulder

Meaty Shoulder

Individual Ribs

Small Rib Pieces



Meaty Leg

Diced Leg

Leg Roasts/Steaks

Rack of Lamb

Steak Roast


Heart, Liver, Kidney,
Tripe, Tongue, Feet,

Today’s Ontario consumer of lamb comes from many international backgrounds. Most cuisines share meat cut product preferences with their main difference arising in the preferred cooking method, seasonings used, and cut sizes.

These are examples of some of the lamb cuts and cuisines favoured by different cuisines:

African. Often large diced cubes are preferred for stews and soups. Secondary products are an important part of the cuisine. Secondary products are often used in soups and stews.

Mediterranean. Chops, roasts, small cube cuts are used from leg, loin and shoulder meats for stews, sauces, kabob, and barbeque cooking. Spiedini sticks and shawerma are a popular use of shoulder meats.

East Indian. (Afghanistan/Pakistan region) there is a focus on shoulder and leg meats which are diced into larger bone-in cubes for stews. Cuts are often used for chops, kabobs, and ground meat.

Caribbean. Cuisine favours smaller cube cuts for soups, stews, and curries. Secondary products are often used in soups and stews.

Northern Europe/British Isles/Ireland. Recipes favour heavier lambs and mutton for roasts, oven-cooked shanks, stews, and casseroles.

Chinese. Cuisine favours diced lamb for soup, kabobs and stews, and barbeque chops.

Try our Lamb Recipes

Looking for some recipe inspiration? New to cooking lamb and need some ideas to get started? Everything you need for a great lamb dish is served up right here.