20 Amazing Leg of Lamb Recipes
"What do you mean he don't eat no meat? Oh, that's okay. I make lamb." Who can forget Aunt Voula's hilarious response to nephew-to-be Ian Miller's (played by John Corbett) vegetarianism in My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Despite its delicious and unique flavor, lamb does get forgotten when it comes to the daily "what's for dinner?" question. However, lamb--particularly leg of lamb--is an easy alternative to more popular meats like chicken and beef. It can be braised, roasted, grilled, slow-cooked and more, and pairs well with a variety of sides. Whether you've got an entire Greek family to entertain or not, leg of lamb is a mouthwatering choice to feed a crowd. Browse our collection of leg of lamb recipes for fresh new ways to prepare this classic cut of--yes, Aunt Voula--meat.
Umami Grilled Leg of Lamb
This impressive main is very tender and loaded with dynamic flavor. The doneness of the lamb varies depending on what part of the meat you eat from, making it perfect for a crowd with different preferences. Most grocery stores carry deboned leg of lamb in spring, but you can also ask your butcher to cut the lamb bone out of the leg and to butterfly it. If the meat is thicker than 1 inch anywhere, cut it down to size or cook it longer. Know your grill and make sure to use a thermometer.
Garlicky Roasted Lamb with Parsley-Pistacho Gremolata
Roasted Leg of Lamb with Lemon-Herb Salt
Leg of Lamb with Olive-Wine Sauce
Greek-Style Slow-Grilled Leg of Lamb
Greeks prefer their lamb cooked through--as in, well done. It's not a dry, unpleasant well done, mind you, but from a long, low and slow dry heat that results in a significant (often deeply seasoned and lemony) exterior crust, and an almost fork-tender interior. The meat will shrink, but the flavors will also concentrate. Turn the lamb fairly frequently. Meat juices will stay in motion, and you'll get an evenly moist interior.
Seasoned Lamb Kebabs
Herb-Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb
Rosemary Grilled Leg of Lamb
Ben Ford, chef of Ford's Filling Station in Culver City, California, uses a generous hand with rosemary in this recipe to enhance the smoky flavor from the grill. He cooks the lamb on a wood-fired firepit-grill made by Cowboy Cauldron, but the recipe works beautifully with a charcoal or gas grill as well.
Garlic-and-Herb-Crusted Leg of Lamb
Roast Leg of Lamb with Almond-Mint Pesto
Mint jelly is traditional with lamb, but not everyone loves its cloying sweetness or garish color. This fresh mint pesto takes a more savory direction, and is rolled up in the lamb to flavor it as it roasts. Served with tiny peas, new potatoes, and a big butter lettuce salad, this roast is Easter worthy.
Slow-Roasted Leg of Lamb with Spring Vegetables
Braised Lamb with Herb-Scented Jus
Herb and Citrus Roast Leg of Lamb
Garlicky Leg of Lamb with Yogurt Sauce
Roast Lamb with Pomegranate Sauce
Coffee-Braised Spoon Lamb
Spoon lamb gets its name from the texture of the meat when it's finished cooking: so tender, you can cut it with a spoon. This long, slow cooking technique benefits leg of lamb, typically a tough cut, and the acidity of the coffee offsets the richness of the meat. The sauce made from the drippings begs for polenta or potatoes.