14 Best Leg of Lamb Recipes For Easter

Roasted Rosemary Garlic Leg of Lamb

There are few large pieces of meat that my family loves more than a leg of lamb and few that make more of a statement for company. Roast leg of lamb looks so impressive, but the truth is, it's no more difficult than making any other kind of roast—the oven really does all of the work. And it's a classic and show-stopping main course for an Easter celebration or any festive spring get-together.

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How To Cook Leg of Lamb

You can choose between bone-in, semi-boneless or boneless leg of lamb, rolled and tied, or just plunked down into a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet. For the best medium rare leg of lamb recipe, you want to take the lamb out of the oven when the internal temperature is at 120 degrees F and it will climb another 5 or 10 or so degrees as it sits. Do keep an eye on the internal temperature with a meat thermometer—you want those rosy pink slices, and there are always the ends for people who like their meat more well done.

How Long To Cook Leg of Lamb Per Pound

The main rule of thumb to follow is that it takes around 20 minutes per pound of lamb. So if you have a 4 lb leg of lamb, estimate that it will take an hour and 20 minutes to cook.

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Best Leg of Lamb Recipes

I've rounded up the 14 best Easter leg of lamb recipes, from the classic—like Roasted Leg of Lamb and Herbed Boneless Leg of Lamb—to the more creative, such as Slow Cooked Moroccan Leg of Lamb. Try a new dish for your Easter menu this year, or sample these lamb specialities any other spring night when the craving for fresh flavors and succulent lamb hits.

<p>McCormick</p><p>Leg of lamb is an Easter and <a href="/1149064/jessicasager/when-is-passover/" data-ylk="slk:Passover;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Passover</a> classic and preparing it in an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker yields faster, succulent results.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="/657026/alison-ashton/make-this-instant-pot-lamb-for-easter-or-passover/" data-ylk="slk:Instant Pot Leg of Lamb;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Instant Pot Leg of Lamb</a></strong></p>
<p>Madeleine Hill</p><p>Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern's game-day spread always includes a <a href="/1104951/parade/hearty-pot-roast" data-ylk="slk:roast;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">roast</a>—turkey, ham or this Greek-style lamb. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="/631423/alison-ashton/roast-let-of-lamb-with-lemony-dill-sauce/" data-ylk="slk:Roast Leg of Lamb with Lemony Dill Sauce;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Roast Leg of Lamb with Lemony Dill Sauce</a></strong></p>
<p>Katie Workman</p><p>Cooking leg of lamb can be intimidating, if it's your first time you want to make sure you get it right! This recipe will show you how.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://themom100.com/2020/12/how-to-cook-leg-of-lamb/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:How to Cook Leg of Lamb;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">How to Cook Leg of Lamb</a></strong></p>
<p>Katie Workman</p><p>This is a showstopper. The meat is seasoned with garlic, orange zest and herbs and marinated overnight. The roast is then covered in a thick layer of mustardy Panko breadcrumbs speckled with fresh parsley which forms a fabulous crust.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://themom100.com/recipe/slow-cooked-herbed-leg-lamb-fresh-herb-arugula-salad/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Herbed Boneless Leg of Lamb with Mustard Crust;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Herbed Boneless Leg of Lamb with Mustard Crust</a></strong></p>
<p>Katie Workman</p><p>Very classic flavors, this lamb works beautifully with all types of side dishes. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://themom100.com/recipe/lemon-garlic-semi-boneless-leg-of-lamb/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lemon-Garlic Semi-Boneless Leg of Lamb;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Lemon-Garlic Semi-Boneless Leg of Lamb</a></strong></p>
<p>Katie Workman</p><p>The perfect spring show-off main dish. Dial up or down the amount of the fresh herbs as you like in this dip. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe:<a href="https://themom100.com/recipe/slow-cooked-mediterranean-leg-of-lamb-with-tzatziki/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Slow Cooked Mediterranean Leg of Lamb with Tzatziki;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "> Slow Cooked Mediterranean Leg of Lamb with Tzatziki</a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/45-best-easter-brunch-ideas-175849968.html" data-ylk="slk:45 Easter Brunch Ideas Perfect For Entertaining;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;" class="link  yahoo-link">45 Easter Brunch Ideas Perfect For Entertaining</a></strong></p>
<p>Katie Workman</p><p>Infused with fabulous spices, but don't skip the harissa sauce. It takes all of 30 seconds to stir together and it’s a fantastic little finish to the dish.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://themom100.com/recipe/slow-cooked-moroccan-leg-of-lamb/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Slow Cooked Moroccan Leg of Lamb;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Slow Cooked Moroccan Leg of Lamb</a></strong></p>
<p>Katie Workman</p><p>A tangle of fresh greens plays so beautifully against rich lamb. This would be great served over couscous.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://themom100.com/recipe/slow-cooked-herbed-leg-lamb-fresh-herb-arugula-salad/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Slow Cooked Herbed Leg of Lamb with Fresh Herb and Arugula Salad;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Slow Cooked Herbed Leg of Lamb with Fresh Herb and Arugula Salad</a></strong></p>
<p>Katie Workman</p><p>This Greek-style leg of lamb has a little spiral of extra flavor inside and looks like it's more complicated than it really is to make. </p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://themom100.com/recipe/greek-style-butterflied-leg-of-lamb-with-feta-sauce/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Greek-Style Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Creamy Feta Sauce;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Greek-Style Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Creamy Feta Sauce</a></strong></p>
<p>Damn Delicious</p><p>This recipe is so good yet it doesn’t require too much time, effort or ingredients. It’s easy and foolproof, even for you first-timers!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://damndelicious.net/2019/04/06/roasted-leg-of-lamb/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Roasted Leg of Lamb;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Roasted Leg of Lamb</a></strong></p>
<p>Modernwifestyle</p><p>A thoughtful assortmnet of seasonings turns this lamb into something spectacular.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://modernwifestyle.com/leg-of-lamb-recipe/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lebanese Leg of Lamb;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Lebanese Leg of Lamb</a></strong></p>
<p>Recipe Tin Eats</p><p>Rubbed with a simple spice mix, this lamb is slow cooked until tender, half braised so it sucks up all the yummy lemony garlicky herby flavors.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.recipetineats.com/greek-slow-roasted-leg-of-lamb/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Greek Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Greek Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb</a></strong></p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/35-best-ground-lamb-recipes-015749183.html" data-ylk="slk:35 Ground Lamb Recipes You'll Love;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;" class="link  yahoo-link">35 Ground Lamb Recipes You'll Love</a></strong></p>
<p>The Wooden Skillet</p><p>An absolutely delicious and simple roasted leg of lamb recipe that is always a crowd pleaser at Easter, Christmas or any special occasion!</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://thewoodenskillet.com/roasted-rosemary-garlic-leg-of-lamb/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Roasted Rosemary Garlic Leg of Lamb;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Roasted Rosemary Garlic Leg of Lamb</a></strong></p>
<p>Katie Workman</p><p>If you like pulled pork and you like lamb, then this is the best of both worlds.</p><p><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="https://themom100.com/recipe/fall-apart-slow-cooker-bbq-pulled-lamb/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Fall Apart Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Lamb;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Fall Apart Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Lamb</a></strong></p>

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