Posted by / Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sunday Supper: Greek Style Lamb

Honestly, I have never once cooked a leg of lamb. I've mastered lamb chops (in my humble opinion) but have always shied away from a full leg of lamb. Well, no longer I say — I picked up a 6 pound leg of lamb from the South of the James farmers market, namely Pair-A-Dice Farm, a couple weekends ago as we had a hungry family of 7 dining in. Nothing like cooking something you've never tackled before for the family!

We begin with trimming a little of the fat. This lamb was particularly well trimmed...

Then we rub the lamb with a healthy mixture of lemon juice & zest, olive oil, thyme, oregano...

Cut small slits in the lamb and insert garlic with small sprigs of rosemary...

At this point the lamb should rest for 2 hours at room temperature.

Into a 250 degree oven it goes for 2.5 hours or until a meat thermometer is inserted and reaches 140 degrees for medium rare. Remove from oven, tent with foil and let rest for 15 minutes. Turn oven to highest setting on bake and insert the lamb, watching carefully as you char the top of the leg which gives the edges that nice crisp texture.

E.A.T. Tip:
I served my version with tzatziki on the side.

I like my lamb medium rare. My oven does run a little hot and I wish I would have taken mine out at the 2 hour mark, let it rest, then put it back in for the crispness. All in all for a first attempt at a leg of lamb, I think things went very well. It also caused my anti-lamb loving mother to rave about it for the next several days.

Anything you've been to afraid to tackle in the kitchen? I'd love to hear.

E.A.T. local E.A.T. well


  1. Veal kidneys - I am too afraid not to get them clean enough. And I love veal kidneys in a lovely mustard sauce!

  2. Weirdly, fish. For some reason, for a long time, fish felt like cooking armageddon. Spend $25 on a gorgeous fish and if you cook it for just a little too long... *sigh*. Its over.

    My irrational phobia is gone, by the way, and I'm happily tossing their scaled hides in parchment whenever I can, but it was a seafood desert for a while there.

  3. Me too, SheWearsBoots! But I haven't moved on yet! I know fish can be healthy and flavorful but I've never cooked anything beyond tuna and salmon. I'd like to learn how to cook some mild fish with lots of herbs. I don't like strong fish flavors, but I'm thinking fish tacos might be a good place to start.

  4. Greek sure know their lamb.And it seems from thsi recepie you have mastered it as well.Ouzo to go with it?:)Cheers

  5. Page:

    If you want to break out of a rut, I heartily endorse buying a whole, gutted fish and cooking it that way. I know it sounds terrifying, but it is extremely easy, and very delicious. Cooking the fish whole keeps it from drying out, and is a gorgeous presentation.

    1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
    2. Get a nice fish with gills and guts removed. Rinse it thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels, then rub inside and out with your favorite olive oil, salt and pepper, and then stuff the cavity with fresh herbs (whatever you've got: rosemary, parsley stems, thyme, garlic, bay leaves, Old Bay. Whatever.
    ) and lemon slices.
    3. Put your fish in the oven for 15-20 minutes, depending on thickness. (You can douse it with white wine at some point if you're inclined) and remove when just a little translucent. Rest for 5 minutes, and then devour. You'll eschew fillets for the next 4 months. :)


"Some people eat to live; I live to eat." -Tim Vidra

An avid home cook, I believe in using simple ingredients, local when possible and am inspired by the principles of supporting a sustainable food system. I’ve cultivated this blog as a way to share my passion for the preparation and enjoyment of food in a way that everyone from beginners to long time foodies can get involved in.



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