A Traditional Lamb Roast Recipe

Roast Lamb Shoulder
  • 105 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings
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It's no secret: Australians and New Zealanders love lamb. They eat it by the rack, in stew, and Biryani. But perhaps one of their favorite ways to prepare this tender meat is to roast it. And the recipe is so easy, you'll likely want to put this into your regular meal rotation. Once you taste this seasoned lamb, I'm sure you'll be craving its flavor again and again.


The lamb is just oiled, salted and seasoned with garlic and rosemary.

The two most common lamb roast cuts are the leg and the shoulder. I used a shoulder here. This cut has more fat than the leg, and therefore requires slower cooking.

If you have chosen to use a leg instead of shoulder, simply cook it for 20, 25 or 30 minutes per pound depending on whether you want rare, medium or well-done meat.

What You'll Need

  • 1 kg./2.2 lbs. lamb and mutton (leg of lamb)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2.5 tsp. salt (sea)
  • 6 cloves garlic (cut into slivers)
  • 6 sprigs rosemary (fresh)
  • 8 potatoes
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 onions (white)
  • Garnish: mint sauce

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 290F.
  2. Cut the potatoes and sweet potatoes into inch-thick slices. Cut the onions in half and then place vegetables into a baking tray.
  3. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle on some salt. Place tray in the oven on the bottom rack and roast.
  4. Cover the lamb in olive oil and then sprinkle with sea salt.
  5. Use the point of a sharp knife to make small incisions all over the lamb.
  1. Place the garlic slivers and rosemary springs in the holes.
  2. Place the lamb onto the middle oven rack with the vegetable baking tray beneath it to catch drippings.
  3. Roast for 90 minutes. Test meat to see if it's done by slicing it in the thickest part. Remove from oven and transfer to a plate to rest. Cover lamb in foil and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve with potatoes, onions and mint sauce.

New Zealand Lamb Facts

  • New Zealand is know for having "the best lamb in the world."
  • New Zealand is a major exporter of lamb products around the world.
  • New Zealand lamb is raised naturally all year round.
  • The country's lamb is rich in nutrients, like B vitamins, zinc and iron, all of which are necessary for a  balanced diet.
  • It's also low in calories, fat and cholesterol.

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