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Roasted Leg of Lamb Recipe

Updated on March 26, 2018
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Special holiday or Sunday dinners are a wonderful time to serve roast leg of lamb. There are so many ways one can prepare this delicious meat, and for this recipe, I chose to first marinate the leg in a garlic based marinade.

Early in the day or the night before, prepare a marinade mix for the leg of lamb. You will want to marinate it for at least three hours before cooking it in the oven.

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Roasted Potatoes, Glazed Carrots & Steamed Asparagus
Roasted Leg of Lamb with Roasted Potatoes, Glazed Carrots & Steamed Asparagus | Source

Marinating Time

  • Cooking time listed here is only the actual time that the lamb was in the oven.
  • Prep time for the marinade: 15 minutes
  • Marinate for at least 3 hours.

Cook Time for a 6 Pound Leg of Lamb (Medium)

Cook time: 2 hours 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
Yields: Will easily serve 5 or more people

Ingredients for Marinade Mix

  • 2 large garlic cloves grated or pressed
  • 3 Tbs. of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. of lemon juice (I used concentrate)
  • 1 Tbs. of Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tsp. of dried rosemary
  • 1 Tsp. of dried thyme
  • 1/4 Tsp. of fresh ground pepper

Instructions for Making the Marinade Mix

  1. Grate the garlic cloves into a paste, and put into a small bowl.
  2. Add the extra virgin olive oil to the garlic paste.
  3. Add the lemon juice and Dijon mustard.
  4. Grind the rosemary and thyme together then add this to the marinade mix.
  5. Ground fresh pepper goes into the mix next, whisking all the ingredients together really well.
  6. If you have little bits of garlic left from the grating, chop them up small and whisk into the mix as well.
  7. Rinse the leg of lamb under cold water and put it either into a marinating dish or a plate.
  8. With a pairing or small knife make small incisions all over the lamb.
  9. Brush the marinade mixture over one side of the lamb.
  10. Flip the leg over and brush the other side.
  11. Cover with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator until ready to cook.


Preparing marinade for Leg of Lamb

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Leg of Lamb

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Lamb is ready to go into the ovenAdd the potatoes before lowering the oven heatLamb is cooked and out of the oven
Lamb is ready to go into the oven
Lamb is ready to go into the oven
Add the potatoes before lowering the oven heat
Add the potatoes before lowering the oven heat
Lamb is cooked and out of the oven
Lamb is cooked and out of the oven | Source

Oven Roasting Chart for Lamb

 
Internal Temperature
Minutes per pound
Rare
150°F (66°C)
15-20
Medium
160°F (70°C)
20-25
Well Done
170°F (75°C)
25-30
If the lamb is frozen add 1/3 longer to the cooking time.

Let's Get Cooking

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F or 204°C.
  2. Prepare the roasting pan. I always put either carrots or celery underneath the meat that I'm cooking to make clean up a bit easier. A roasting pan with a rack can also be used.
  3. Place the leg of lamb into the roasting pan and add enough water to the bottom of the pan to almost cover the celery or carrots. If using a rack water should almost hit the rack.
  4. Cook at 400°F for approximately 15 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350°F or 177°C.
  5. Continue to cook until your leg of lamb is; rare, medium or well done following the oven roasting chart to the right.
  6. Remove from the oven and place the lamb on a serving plate covering with foil for ten minutes before carving.
  7. Slice, serve, and ENJOY!


Lamb

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 85g
Calories 200
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 22 g44%
Cholesterol 72 mg24%
Sodium 54 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Dinner is ready, let's eat!

Roast leg of lamb with all the fixings
Roast leg of lamb with all the fixings | Source

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3.6 stars from 10 ratings of Roasted Leg of Lamb

Side dishes to go with the Leg of Lamb

To go along with this dinner I made roasted potatoes, which I added to the roasting pan after lowering the oven temperature to 350°F, steamed fresh asparagus, glazed carrots and a spring mix salad.


Spring Mix Salad

Side Salad
Side Salad | Source

Mint Sauce for Lamb

I don't happen to enjoy mint sauce with my lamb, but for those of you that do it is quite easy to make a homemade mint sauce or it can be found at your grocery store.

To make your own simply bring 1 cup of white wine vinegar to a simmer in a saucepan. Add eight tablespoons of sugar along with eight tablespoons of dried mint leaves. Take it off the heat and let it sit for ten minutes. Put it back on the stove, stir and heat again for a minute. Remove from the stove and let it sit for ten minutes before serving.

Mint sauce can be stored in a glass jar or container for up to 8 months in the refrigerator.

How much do you know about lamb/sheep?

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Thank you for visiting and I do hope that you'll try this recipe. If you'd like to read other articles by Just Ask Susan or view more recipes, please view my profile page. Have a great day!

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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Titia, Thank you so much. I wish that lamb wasn't so expensive here in Canada as it is one of my favorite meats.

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      Titia Geertman 

      5 weeks ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Delicious recipe. I raise a very old and rare native Dutch sheep breed called Drenthe Heath Sheep and they are considered lamb until the age of 18 months. That's because they grow very slowly into adulthood. I do eat my own sheep, mostly the rams.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      L. M. Reid, Thanks so much. Lamb is one of my favorite meals. Happy Holidays!

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      L M Reid 

      12 months ago from Ireland

      Roast Leg of Lamb is a wonderful meat to cook. I too make mashed potato and roast potatoes with vegetables and gravy. Great recipe thanks.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Lady_E!

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      Elena 

      2 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for a healthy Recipe. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I can see why this win the accolade. Congrats. Now I would love a bit of that meal.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sweet! Let me know if you like it. I'm sure will though :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I'm trying this one tonight!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      SS, I love gyro's but don't think I've ever had one made with lamb. You should cook your dad a lamb dish if it's something that he really enjoys. A father's day meal perhaps :)

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      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Very well put together recipe article SZ. I took the quiz, definitely guessed at the answers and got 1 wrong :) As a child, my understanding is that we did eat lamb on occasion but we were never told what it really was. I guess I liked it but it's been a long time. As an older adult, I tried a Gyro and really did not like the taste. But honestly, your recipe here looks wonderful. And I'm sure I would be the "favorite daughter" (for awhile) if I cooked this for my dad.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      vespawoolf, I wish it were inexpensive here so I could enjoy it more often. I'm with you on the fruit chutney, that would be so much better than the mint sauce and I'll have to try it next time I make lamb.

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Lamb is easy to find and inexpensive here in Peru. Your leg of lamb sounds delicious and easy. I hope to try it soon! I would probably choose a fruit chutney over mint sauce with my lamb. I enjoyed the quiz, too!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Rajan.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The recipe is different and the dish looks awesome. I love the recipe for mint sauce too.

      Voted up and interesting.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      b.Malin, That's too bad that Lover Man doesn't like lamb. Thanks and good luck, you may make a lamb lover out of him yet :)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Susan, Thanks so much!

      Rose, I hope that you enjoy the recipe if you do try it.

      Victoria, Thank you.

      missolive, Thanks :)

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      b. Malin 

      5 years ago

      Hi Susan, I Love Rasted Lamb...Lover Man, NOT...So I get to eat it occasionally. Your Pictures and Recipe do look Delicious...I'm going to show them to him...You just never know!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Nothing less than tempting - great recipe, instructions and pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I love lamb! My God that looks good!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      How timely with Easter right around the corner! Lamb is one of my favorite indulgences. One of these years I'll get up the courage to make it myself. Thanks for the great recipe.

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      Susan Holland 

      5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      This looks so delicious! I love your pictures. :-) Votes and shares!!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Vinaya, Thanks so much and I hope that you enjoy the recipe.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      Susan,

      I'm almost crazy about roasted lamb. I'll see if I can make this. Your food pictures are delicious.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Genna, I hope that you both enjoy this recipe and thank you.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruby, I hope that one of these days you do get to try lamb. It is one of those meats that is readily available where I live.

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Lamb is hubby’s favorite, and I look forward to making him this delicious recipe. Thank you, Susan! :-)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruchira, I'd love to put out my very own cookbook :) Thank you!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Om Paramapoonya, Thank you so much.

      Sheri, My dad loved lamb and I pretty much had to learn how to cook it at a young age. Hope that you try the recipe and enjoy it as much as we do.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bill, Thanks and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Eddy, Thanks so much!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I know absolutely nothing about lamb, i only scored 50% on the quiz. It looks good and the salad is great. Someday i am going to try lamb, i never see it in the grocery store. Thank's again....

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      Ruchira 

      5 years ago from United States

      You are a good cook, Susan. Should think of putting out your own cook book...

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      Sheri Dusseault 

      5 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I love to cook, but haven't really (well...ever) cooked lamb. This looks really good though. Maybe at the next gathering of the clan I will give it a try. Great hub...and photos!

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      5 years ago

      The opening picture is so gorgeous! All the ingredients sound wonderful. I love lamb, and this is absolutely a nice way to prepare it. Rated up and pinned!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Susan. Not only does it sound good but it looks great. Will have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Frank!

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful recipe therefore voted up,saved and shared.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Carol. There's a bit left but not much. You're welcome to come over anytime :)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bill, It's always a compliment when I can make someone drool :) Thanks so much.

      Gordon, I don't make leg of lamb all that often but it is one of my favorite meats to eat. I find many people either like lamb or hate it.

      I wouldn't have expected you to get any less that 100% :) Thanks so much for stopping by and for your great comments.

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Nice recipe, Susan, which leg-of-lamb-lovers should enjoy. Although I do not eat much lamb, I did score 100% in the quiz. After I took it twice!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      damn that looks good another five star recipe Justasksusan style!!!!!!

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I will be over for leg of lamb...what time? Looks delicious and love the marinade. thanks for the great photos to entice all of us. Voting up and pinning.

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Susan

      Lamb is unquestionably my favourite red meat. This looks absolutely delicious! I can't remember the last time I cooked a whole leg of lamb - one of the drawbacks of cooking only for one, these days. I know it's not so popular in North America as it is here in the UK but I would urge anyone reading this to give it a try. The taste explosion is incredible!

      Promise to be in touch soon, Susan - and sorry for getting 100% in your quiz and temporarily quirking results :)

      Gordon

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm drooling just reading the recipe. Thanks ! Definitely one I will try.,

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