Celebration Leg of Lamb Recipe

Celebration Leg of Lamb Recipe
Leg of lamb
The American Lamb Board

Leg of lamb

A traditional roast leg of lamb that can be served for an Easter celebration.

Deliver Ingredients


  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 whole bay leaf, crushed
  • ½  teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½  teaspoon dried sage
  • ½  teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 6-9 pounds leg of lamb, bone-in


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In small bowl, mix together soy sauce, oil, garlic, pepper, ginger, bay leaf, thyme, sage, and marjoram.

Place lamb on rack in roasting pan. With sharp knife, make slits in surface of lamb every inch or 2. Move knife from side to side to enlarge pockets. Rub herb mixture into each slit. Rub any remaining mixture over roast.

Roast in oven for 20-25 minutes per pound or until meat thermometer registers 145 degrees for medium-rare, 160 degrees for medium, or 170 degrees for well done. Remove roast from oven, cover and let stand 10 minutes. Internal temperature will rise approximately 10 degrees. Pan drippings can be used in gravy or defatted and served au jus.

Lamb Shopping Tip

Look for meat that is bright red. Red meat turns paler as the hemoglobin within releases oxygen – a sign that the meat has been sitting too long at the butcher's counter.

Lamb Cooking Tip

When browning meat, resist the urge to move the meat – you must allow a flavorful crust to form over high heat. Once it has formed, the meat should slide freely with the shake of a pan.

Lamb Wine Pairing

Most red wines, especially cabernet sauvignon, but also including cabernet franc, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nebbiolo, nero d'avola, primitivo, barbera, and sangiovese.