Roast Leg of Lamb

Wham, bam, thank you lamb

Roasting a leg of lamb may seem daunting, but it's actually incredibly simple. In this recipe from Greece: The Cookbook, by Vefa Alexiadou, all you do is rub the leg with garlic and lemon juice before wrapping it in parchment and roasting it in the oven. The result is a golden brown and juicy roast with pan drippings you'll want to pour on everything.

With a leg this size, you'll end up with cuts of varying doneness. You'll have well-done slices with crispy bits, as well as medium-rare pieces from the center. So everybody wins—the key to any family get-together.

To learn more, read "My Big Fat Greek Easter."

Recipe adapted from 'Greece: The Cookbook', by Vefa Alexiadou

Roast Leg Of Lamb
4.4 from 65 ratings
Serve a crowd with this easy roast leg of lamb rubbed with garlic, lemon juice and oregano then roasted until golden brown on the outside and pink on the inside.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
2
hours
Servings
8
to 10 servings
Total time: 2.17 hours
Ingredients
  • One 6½-pound leg of lamb
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • Pinch dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Using a sharp knife, score the fat cap on the lamb in a crosshatch pattern.
  2. In a small bowl, toss the garlic and oregano with some salt and pepper. Rub the mixture into the scores of the lamb, seasoning with more salt and pepper as needed. Rub the lemon juice over the lamb, then brush it with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Wrap the leg with parchment paper then secure with butcher's twine. Brush the paper with the remaining tablespoon of oil, then place the whole leg in a roasting pan.
  3. Roast until golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 140°, 2 hours. Let rest for 5 minutes, then discard the paper and string, and carve, serving the slices with the pan juices.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 509
Total Fat 35.9 g
Saturated Fat 14.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 156.4 mg
Total Carbohydrates 1.2 g
Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
Total Sugars 0.1 g
Sodium 703.9 mg
Protein 42.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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