Lemon Braised Veal Shoulder

Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Fresh lemon enhances the rich, yet delicate flavor of veal. This recipe is oven braised. Cooking time is approximate since much depends on the thickness of your veal. You want to cook it until the flesh is tender and pulling away from the bones.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F; season veal with pepper and half the salt.
  2. Place in a baking dish and surround with carrots and onions; dot veal with butter and roast until veal is lightly brown, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Add lemon, bay leaves, garlic, and cloves to dish and mix with vegetables; add stock, wine and remaining salt.
  4. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and braise, uncovered, basting every 10 minutes, until tender, about 90 minutes.
  5. Transfer veal and vegetables to a serving platter and keep warm.
  6. Strain pan juices into a heat proof bowl, skimming off and discarding fat.
  7. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and boil vinegar until reduced and syrupy and about 1 teaspoon.
  8. Stir in pan juices, increase heat to high and boil until reduced by half; taste and adjust seasonings.
  9. Spoon sauce over veal or serve on the side.
Most Helpful

Delicious but it takes way more than 1 hr and 40 minutes to prepare. If you follow the directions- it takes 25 to 30 minutes just to brown it and then an ADDITIONAL 90 minutes to braise it. Add on 10 minutes (at least) to prep and you have about 2 1/4 or more hours of cooking. But it was worth it. We didn't care for the sauce (too much balsamic for our taste - will reduce next time), but that didn't matter - the meat was flavorful and SO SOFT! Will definitely make it again and recommend it, but only when you have enough time to really braise it.

Julie K. July 28, 2015

I actually have never eaten veal before. My husband brought home this cut, and so I decided to give this a try. I researched a lot of recipes for veal first and had decided on Veal Oscar, but that recipe called for a different cut. So I used your cooking method (minus the carrots & onions), served it topped with roasted asparagus, sauteed fresh lump crab with lemon, and topped it with a homemade Bernaise. It was so good, and now I am a little more open to eating veal. I am rating this recipe 5 stars because, although I only used your braising method, it turned a tough cut of meat into a succulent, tender and juicy steak.

hollyberry117 May 19, 2015