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5 from 16 votes

Classic Leg Of Lamb

Roast Leg of Lamb (adapted from Foods of the World, The Cooking of the British Isle)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
20 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: British
Servings: 12
Calories: 534kcal
Author: Cynthia


  • Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees F.
  • 5 pound Aussie Lamb (boneless leg), this one was just over 5 pounds.
  • 3 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3-4 Rosemary sprigs, finely chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 3-4 cloves garlic peeled, and sliced into thin slivers


  • Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees F. Adjust oven racks so that lamb will roast on the bottom third of your oven. 
  • For faster cooking, bring meat to room temperature. Mix salt, rosemary and pepper in a small bowl. This is important because you don't want cross-contamination. 
  • With a long, thin knife, make several deep cuts into the roast. Put a sliver of garlic into each cut. Coat all sides of meat with rosemary/salt rub. (discard any un-used herb rub)
  • Roast lamb, fat side up, at 500 degrees for 20 minutes. Reduce oven to 375 degrees and continue roasting until internal temperature reaches the proper temperature to your liking. For medium rare, remove at 135 degrees F. (It will continue cooking after you remove it from the oven another 10-15 degrees)
  • If you prefer yours rare, pull at 130*, for medium, pull at 145*. 
  • This lamb was pulled at 140 for medium rare. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 534kcal | Protein: 31g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 1855mg | Potassium: 427mg | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 3mg