Roast Spring Lamb

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This is a very elegant yet easy recipe for roasted lamb that would be wonderful for a spring Sunday dinner. We like our roast lamb on the rare end of “medium rare”, but feel free to adjust the recipe if you prefer your lamb a little more cooked. I’ve read different sources stating that for medium rare the internal temperature should range anywhere from 120° to 145°F. I took our lamb out at 130°F. and it was just about a perfect rare to medium rare. The photo looks more medium I realize, but those were the end pieces, or first cuts. As the roast rests, the internal temperature will continue to rise a few points as the meat continues to cook. An accurate meat thermometer is an essential tool for roasting meat perfectly.

A Golden Brown Roast Of Lamb Ready For Carving

 We Served A Wonderful Bottle Of Sagrantino di Montefalco Wine With Our Lamb

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 2011

Roast Spring Lamb

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 1 hr 30 mins

An easy way to perfectly roast lamb.


1 Leg of Lamb About 5-6 Pounds (Whole or Boned)
3 Large cloves of Garlic
5 Tablespoons Mixed Fresh Herbs (Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme, Oregano are good choices)
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to Taste


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Slice the garlic cloves into three or four long strips, and with a sharp knife, make 1-inch deep slits into the lamb spaced fairly evenly apart.
Place a piece of garlic in each slit.
Chop the herbs and mix with the olive oil and a little salt and pepper.
Rub the herb mixture over the outer surface of the lamb.
Place in a roaster pan, and cook for 30 minutes.
Reduce the heat to 325 degrees, and cook an additional 10-12 minutes per pound, or until the meat thermometer reads 130°F. for medium rare.
If you are cooking a roast bone-in, the roast will require a little longer cooking time than a boneless roast.
Remove the lamb from the oven, and tent or cover with aluminum foil and let sit about 20 minutes before carving.


One Response to “Roast Spring Lamb”

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    Ben — December 28, 2015 @ 5:40 pm

    Another great recipe among a trove of great recipes. Always impresses a dinner party and there is absolutely no reason to let them know how easy this is. Thanks Again!


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