This boneless leg of lamb recipe is marinated in a garlicky herb rub and roasted to tender perfection. It is then served with a savory pomegranate sauce.
The delicious pomegranate sauce is made from all the roasted lamb drippings, so make sure not to throw them out!
My family loves to serve boneless leg of lamb for Easter along with other Easter recipes like
- sauteed garlic asparagus– asparagus is in season
- smoked salmon cucumber rolls– a great spring appetizer
- crab salad with imitation crab– because of all the leftover easter eggs
This recipe was originally posted on Mar 28, 2015, we’ve tweaked it a bit since then.
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Boneless leg of lamb recipe
Ingredients for boneless leg of lamb
- garlic cloves
- black pepper
- olive oil
- boneless lamb leg
How to make roast lamb
Leg of lamb marinade
- In a food processor, combine the garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme, mint, salt, black pepper, and olive oil. If you don’t want to do this with an entire food processor, I like to use the chopper attachment of my Cuisinart smart stick.
How to butterfly a leg of lamb
- Rinse the lamb with cold water, blot it with a paper towel and place it onto the plastic wrap.
- Using a sharp knife cut slits through the thicker part of the meat to open it up or “butterfly” it open.
How to roast leg of lamb
- Season the butterflied lamb leg with salt and pepper to taste. Then rub the garlic and herb mixture onto the lamb, and reserve a little amount for the outer part of the lamb.
- Roll the meat as tightly as possible. Then tie it together using kitchen twine. Once it’s tied, season the outside with additional salt and the remanding herb rub. Here is a great video on how to tie a leg of lamb.
- Cover the lamb with cling wrap and refrigerate. You can refrigerate it overnight or up to 48 hours.
- place the lamb onto a roasting pan then add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan.
- Cook the lamb at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 1/2 hours. In the first 30-40 minutes keep the lamb uncovered. Then lightly cover it with foil and cook covered until done.
How to make pomegranate sauce for roast lamb
- Using a baster extract lamb drippings pour it into a saucepan. Then bring the drippings to medium-high heat and add the chopped rosemary, garlic, and shallots. Cook until tender.
- Now add the pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and unsalted butter. Cook the pomegranate sauce for another 5 minutes over low heat, then serve over the roasted lamb.
Ingredients for pomegranate sauce
- lamb drippings
- pomegranate juice
- lemon juice
- unsalted butter
If you’re making this for your Easter feast, make sure not to forget to include some of our favorite Easter dessert recipes at your table.
Full Recipe Instructions
boneless leg of lamb
- Ingredients for lamb:
- 12 garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup sage
- 1/3 cup rosemary
- 1/4 cup thyme
- 1/3 cup mint
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 5.5 lb lamb leg
- Ingredients for pomegranate sauce:
- 1/3 cup lamb drippings
- 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
- 3-4 garlic cloves minced
- 3/4 cup diced shallot about 1 shallot
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp butter
- In a food processor, blend 12 garlic cloves, 1/3 cup sage, 1/3 cup rosemary, 1/4 cup thyme, 1/3 cup mint, 1/2 tbsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and 1/2 cup olive oil. I didn't want to take out the entire food processor so I used the chopper attachment of my Cuisinart smart stick. Once the herbs and garlic are blended well, set aside.
- Lay out a few pieces of plastic wrap onto a flat surface. ( I do this for easy clean up). Rinse the lamb with cold water, blot it with a paper towel and place it onto the plastic wrap.
- Using a sharp knife cut slits through the thicker part of the meat to open it up or "butterfly" it.
- Season the butterflied lamb leg with salt and pepper to taste (depending on the size). Then rub the garlic and herb mixture onto the lamb, but reserve a little for the outside
- Roll the meat as tightly as possible. Then tie it using kitchen twine. Once it's tied, season the outside with additional salt and the remanding herb rub Here is a great video on how to tie a leg of lamb.
- Cover the lamb with plastic wrap and refrigerate. You can refrigerate it overnight or up to 48 hours. The longer the better.
- Once the lamb has marinated in the fridge, place it onto a roasting pan. Add water to the bottom of the roasting pan. Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan.
- Cook the lamb at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 1/2 hours. In the first 30-40 minutes keep the lamb uncovered. Then lightly cover it with foil and cook covered until done. Cooking time may vary depending on the type of oven and size of the lamb.
- In the last few minutes of cooking, use a baster to extract 1/3 cup of the lamb dripping from the bottom of the roasting pan and pour it into a saucepan.
- Heat the saucepan to medium high heat and add 1 tbsp chopped rosemary, 3-4 minced garlic cloves, and 3/4 cup diced shallot (about 1 shallot). Sauté until the shallots become translucent.
- Add 1 cup of pomegranate juice, 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 2 tbsp of butter. Stir the sauce for another 5 minutes over low heat and serve over the lamb.
This recipe was originally published on Mar 28, 2015, it has been updated since.