Roast Lamb Leg with Gravy

I really like an excellent roast lamb (proof). Right here’s my traditional recipe for lamb leg, rubbed with garlic and rosemary, served with gravy, peas, carrots and crispy roast potatoes (duck fats or traditional). I hope you adore it as a lot as I do!

Roast lamb leg dinner with sides

The one factor you’ll want to know for excellent roast lamb leg

I’ve lots to say about roasting any type of meat. Particularly Australia’s favorite roast – the good lamb leg. However there’s solely factor you’ll want to know to make excellent roast lamb leg, each single time.


It’s the one manner you possibly can take the guesswork out of cooking lamb leg so it’s excellent blushing pink and ridiculously juicy inside. As a result of – and right here’s one thing Aussies don’t like to speak about – lamb leg is definitely very lean so if it’s not pink, it’s dry. Full cease, finish of story!

My meat thermometer – For many of my grownup life, I used to be utilizing a $5 thermometer I bought on Ebay which by no means failed me. A number of years in the past I lastly determined it was time to put money into an actual one so I bought a Thermapen which is fairly effectively considered the perfect (my ideas right here). I take into account thermometers an insurance coverage coverage to guard my funding in meat. Good meat shouldn’t be low cost! Why threat overcooking it??

Thermapen – my beloved meat thermometer
Carving Roast lamb leg

OK, I do have a couple of extra “ make the right roast lamb leg” ideas!

  1. Garlic rosemary rub – traditional lamb flavours

  2. Begin on excessive to get the color going then decrease warmth

  3. Roast on a mattress of garlic (or onion)

  4. Make the gravy utilizing the pan drippings. Roast lamb gravy is healthier than each different minimize of meat – beef, hen, pork, none of them examine!

Roast lamb leg dinner plate

What you want for roast lamb leg

Beginning with the hero ingredient – the lamb leg! Get the perfect you possibly can afford – sure, meat is like wine, the extra you pay, the higher the standard. High quality of lifetime of the animal additionally comes into play there.

Raw lamb leg

All that purple ink you see is completely fit for human consumption and really, you solely see it on higher high quality lamb. You don’t usually see it on grocery store lamb.

Lower bone – Some (most?) butchers and virtually all supermarkets promote lamb leg with the shank (bone) minimize. Both totally minimize off or partially minimize so it folds. That is merely for sensible causes – shelf storage and packing house. For grandness, I just like the bone in tact. But it surely’ doesn’t matter’s purely a visible determination!

Rub for roast lamb leg

Right here’s what you want for the rub: rosemary, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Use recent rosemary – dried shouldn’t be the identical!

Ingredients for Roast lamb leg rub

Roast lamb gravy

All you want for gravy is flour for thickening and beef inventory/broth for the liquid.

Ingredients in Gravy for Roast lamb leg

Why beef somewhat than lamb inventory? Nicely, there’s a purpose lamb inventory shouldn’t be usually offered at grocery shops! It’s simply very…lamby. 🙂 Beef has a cleaner flavour. It doesn’t make the gravy style beefy in any respect as a result of there’s a lot lamb flavour from the drippings.

Why not hen inventory? It works advantageous however the gravy color is paler. I like my gravy for roast lamb leg to be a very deep brown color!

The right way to make roast lamb leg

Rub with rosemary and garlic, roast in a sizzling oven to get the color going then proceed at a decrease temperature for 1 hour or till the inner temperature is 53°C/127°F (for blushing pink perfection). Relaxation for 20 minutes earlier than carving. It would nonetheless be very heat even after 1 hour – sufficient time to make duck fats potatoes!

How to make Roast lamb leg
  1. Make rub – Combine oil, garlic and rosemary in a bowl.

  2. Rub then sprinkle – Slather the rub all around the lamb, then sprinkle the salt and pepper throughout. It’s higher to do it this manner for extra even dispersion of salt – in case you put it within the oil, it doesn’t unfold fairly as evenly as a result of it swimming pools within the backside of the bowl.

    I do that rubbing step within the roasting pan – why soiled a slicing board??

  3. Garlic mattress – Place minimize garlic and rosemary underneath the lamb.

  4. Scorching oven 20 minutes – Roast for 20 minutes in a sizzling 240°C/475°F (220°C fan) oven. This can get the color occurring the lamb. It’s tempting to go longer to get much more color on it however I discover in case you transcend 20 minutes you find yourself with an excessive amount of overcooked meat “ring” on the outer edges of the lamb.

  5. 1 hour decrease oven – Scale back warmth to 200°C / 4009°F (180°C fan) and roast for an extra 1 hour or till the inner temperature of the lamb is 53°C/127°F for blushing pink perfection. See beneath for extra data on lamb doneness.

  6. Relaxation 20 minutes – Relaxation the lamb for 20 minutes earlier than carving. Throughout this resting stage, the lamb finishes cooking and the inner temperature will rise to 62°C/144°F which is ideal medium uncommon for lamb.

    Additionally throughout resting, the lamb juices get re-absorbed by the meat fibres so while you minimize into the meat, the juices stay within the meat and finally find yourself in your mouth. If you don’t relaxation the meat then the meat juices leak out in every single place while you begin carving the lamb.

Inner temperature of roast lamb leg

No credible restaurant would ever serve lamb leg at something over than medium uncommon! However I do know some folks like their lamb achieved somewhat extra, so listed below are the inner temperatures for lamb leg at totally different ranges of doneness.

Close up of Roast lamb leg

TIP: Take the lamb out early!!!

Once you take the lamb leg out of the oven as soon as the inner temperature reaches 53°C/127°F, the lamb shouldn’t be but medium uncommon. This temperature is uncommon, really. However we should take the lamb leg out early as a result of the lamb continues to cook dinner while you take it out of the oven resulting from residual warmth. That is referred to as carry-over cooking and it occurs when the lamb is resting.

After resting the lamb for 20 minutes, the inner temperature will rise to 62°C/144°F. That is medium uncommon, the optimum doneness for lamb leg so it’s fantastically juicy. Any extra and the lamb meat is drier than perfect, as a result of lamb leg is a lean meat.

The right way to make gravy for roast lamb leg

Gravy for lamb leg is made utilizing the pan drippings after roasting the lamb. “Drippings” merely refers back to the fats and meat juices left within the roasting pan after roasting the meat and it’s our specific, free path to a killer gravy.

How to make Roast lamb leg
  1. Warmth drippings & cook dinner flour – As soon as you’re taking the lamb out of the roasting pan, put it straight on the range to warmth the fats. Add flour and stir it for 1 minute to cook dinner it off – it’s going to type of be like a paste.

  2. Pour within the beef inventory, stirring as you go to assist dissolve the flour.

  3. Smush the garlic with a potato masher or perhaps a clean to assist launch the attractive caramelised garlic flesh into the gravy.

  4. Pressure – Then simply simmer for a couple of minutes till the gravy thickens to your style then pressure right into a bowl, urgent the gravy liquid out of the garlic heads. Then pour right into a jug to serve!

Pouring gravy over Roast lamb leg
Roast lamb leg with roast potatoes

And that, my buddies, is all the things you’ll want to know to be the king (or queen) of roast lamb leg from this present day forth. The precision by which you roast your lamb to blushing pink perfection will likely be admired. Your gravy will likely be whispered about in your circles – the flavour!!! It’s unbelievable!

Simply smile sedately, sit again and bask within the reward. There is no such thing as a must reveal your recipe supply. 😎

The lamb leg on this put up is pictured with duck fats potatoes (the perfect crispy potatoes on the planet!) with peas and steamed carrots tossed with somewhat butter and parsley. If you happen to don’t have duck fats, make my traditional crunchy roast potatoes as an alternative. They’re nonetheless manner crunchier than your regular manner of constructing them.

Go forth and revel in your new lamb-alicious world! If you happen to’ve bought your individual lamb leg secrets and techniques, sharing within the feedback beneath – readers love listening to what it’s a must to say. – Nagi x

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Roast lamb leg with roast potatoes

Roast Lamb Leg with Gravy

Servings6 -8

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Recipe video above. I really like a roast lamb leg! My prime tip is to make use of a meat thermometer. There is not any strategy to assure excellent blushing pink roast lamb with out one, even when it is an affordable one!Rubbed with rosemary garlic and accompanied with a killer gravy for lamb. Serve with peas, buttered steamed carrots and crunchy roast potatoes (both traditional or extremely crunchy duck fats potatoes).


  • Take lamb out of fridge no less than 1 hour earlier than roasting. (Observe 4)

  • Preheat oven to 240°C/475°F (220°C fan) with oven shelf within the center.

  • Rub – Combine rosemary, garlic and olive oil.

  • Put together lamb – Place lamb leg in a roasting pan. Coat with the rub utilizing your arms, the sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Place garlic and rosemary sprigs beneath the lamb, garlic minimize face up.

  • Roast lamb leg for 20 minutes. Flip the oven all the way down to 200°C/400°F (180°C fan) and roast for an extra 1 hour or till the inner temperature reaches 53°C/127°F for medium uncommon (Observe 5 different doneness). Examine first at 45 minutes – everybody’s oven is totally different!

  • Relaxation – Take away lamb from oven. Switch lamb to plate, loosely cowl with foil and relaxation for 20 minutes to 1 hour (it’s going to nonetheless be heat sufficient for serving!). The interior temperature will rise to 62°C/144°F (medium uncommon). Make gravy whereas lamb is resting – beneath.

  • Serve lamb with gravy, duck fats or traditional crunchy roast potatoes, peas and steamed carrots tossed with butter and parsley.

Gravy for roast lamb leg

  • Drippings in pan – Discard rosemary sprigs. It is best to have round 4 – 5 tbsp of fats (drippings). If much less, add butter. If rather more, discard a bit.

  • Add flour – Place roasting pan on range over medium warmth. When the fats begins to bubble, then add flour. Combine flour in and cook dinner for 1 minute.

  • Inventory – Pour in half the meat inventory and blend to dissolve sludge in, then add remaining beef inventory and blend.

  • Garlic squidging – Use a potato masher (in case you’re actually eager like me) to mush the garlic to squeeze out the flavour (additionally helps flour caught in garlic to dissolve).

  • Style – Examine salt and pepper (I do not add extra).

  • Thicken – Simmer for a few minutes, stirring, till it begins to thicken. Take it off the range BEFORE the gravy is the thickness you need as a result of it’s going to maintain thickening.

  • Pressure right into a bowl, mushing garlic to squeeze all of the liquid out. Then pour into gravy jug and serve with lamb!

Recipe Notes:

Roast lamb leg cook times 1. Lamb leg – Recipe relies on an entire lamb leg. See roasting schedule above for various lamb sizes. Generally the bone protruding is eliminated, generally it’s partially minimize so it folds inwards. It doesn’t matter both manner, however simply make sure the bone inside the meat shouldn’t be eliminated. (Whether it is, you could have a butterflied lamb leg – use this recipe as an alternative).  2. Garlic base – Elevates the lamb barely so it cooks extra evenly and permits the fats to drip over the garlic so the flavour infuses into the drippings that then varieties the bottom of the gravy. Place garlic minimize aspect up so the flavour infuses into the flesh of the lamb. It isn’t garlicky in any respect as a result of when garlic roasts, it turns into candy and caramelised. It’s my large secret for making a killer gravy for roast lamb! You should utilize 1 onion, quarters (pores and skin on) as an alternative of or along with garlic. 3. Gravy for lamb is greatest made with beef inventory/broth as a result of it has a deeper flavour and makes the gravy an attractive darkish brown color. Retailer purchased is okay, although do-it-yourself makes it extremely restaurant-worthy! If you happen to can’t eat beef for spiritual or well being causes, then hen broth could be substituted. 4. De-chilling lamb will make it cook dinner extra evenly. Chilly lamb leg = overcooked on the skin by the point the within is cooked. 5. Inner temperature of cooked lamb leg:
Roast lamb leg internal cooked temperature I extremely advocate getting a meat thermometer for accuracy – solely assured strategy to get juicy lamb each time! 6. Holding – The lamb leg will keep heat for as much as 1 hour, sufficient time to make duck fats or traditional crunchy roast potatoes! The within of the lamb remains to be heat even after 3 hours.  7. Servings: A 2.5 kg/5 lb lamb serves 6 very generously and eight comfortably. After considering the bone (500g/1lb) and meat juices misplaced throughout roasting, it’s best to find yourself with round 1.7kg meat after cooking which is round 280g for six folks (beneficiant!) or 200g for 8 folks. If you happen to slice lamb thinly it’s going to go additional! 8. Vitamin per serving, assuming 8 servings and that each one the gravy is consumed.

Vitamin Data:

Serving: 275gEnergy: 450cal (23%)Carbohydrates: 3.3g (1%)Protein: 54.6g (109%)Fats: 22.7g (35%)Saturated Fats: 6.1g (38%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 16.6gLdl cholesterol: 169mg (56%)Sodium: 381mg (17%)

Initially revealed October 2016. I’ve been very neglectful not updating considered one of my favorite recipes with glowing new pictures and a recipe video!

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Authentic picture from once I first revealed this recipe in 2016 nonetheless holds true, so no must replace:

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