Rosemary Roast Lamb

Rosemary Roast Lamb Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell


Makes 6 to 8 servings
Total time: 4 Hours, 20 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-On: 20 Minutes
Total: 4 Hours, 20 Minutes


1/4 cup olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon anchovy paste
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 (5- to 6-lb.) bone-in leg of lamb
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper


1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl.

2. Pat lamb dry, and place, fat side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Make several 1-inch-deep slits in lamb with a paring knife; rub olive oil mixture over lamb, pressing mixture into slits. Cover loosely with foil, and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°. Uncover lamb, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

4. Bake at 400° for 2 hours and 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 145° (medium rare). Let stand 30 minutes before slicing.