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Roast Leg of Lamb With Apple Mint Chutney

Lemons and fennel add color and fresh flavor to no-fuss Roast Leg of Lamb with Apple Mint Chutney.


A festive Easter dinner can be special and gorgeous, but doesn’t need to be complicated. With a make-ahead tip for the accompanying chutney, you can focus on the main event, the savory roast leg of lamb.

easter roast leg of lamb on a table

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I’m a sucker for keeping traditions alive. The classic Easter meal has for years included a roast leg of lamb or even a glazed ham. Now as I make Easter dinner, I love to focus the meal around the lamb, a tasty, earthy- flavored meat.

I like to serve my Roast Leg of Lamb with Apple Mint Chutney with roasted lemons and fennel, which add more lovely flavors. You can also roast any other cut-up vegetables such as parsnips, leeks or baby potatoes, alongside the lamb in their place.


Making Roast Leg of Lamb with Apple Mint Chutney is straightforward and uncomplicated, even for first-timers.


Roast leg of lamb, although seemingly intimidating, is actually quite simple to make. Once prepping the meat by rinsing and patting it dry, making 15 to 20 small incisions all around it, and then rubbing a lemon and spice mix into the small cuts, you stick the lamb in the oven and let the heat and spices do the work.

roast leg of lamb on platter with lemons

How to make a roast leg of lamb

You can roast a bone-in leg of lamb or boneless. I used a bone-in leg of lamb here. I think the presentation is so classic and pretty.

If you get a boneless leg, have the butcher tie it, or you can tie it at home for roasting.

Why do I need to tie a roast with cooking twine?

For any roast, even my classic pot roast, and Prime Rib, I tie it with kitchen twine. This helps create a uniform shape so that the meat cooks evenly. Without a bone, boneless cuts of meat are often flat or have thin portions that might get over cooked before the thick portions are done. After reshaping the boneless roasts and tying them into a uniform shape, you get a perfectly cooked roast every time.

Even if roasts have the bone, I often tie them to they hold the shape I want to serve them in!

easter dinner with lamb

For the kitchen twine, I like simple cotton string. Something not too thin or thick. If cotton string is marketed as kitchen twine, it’s usually a great thickness. Otherwise you can also just grab some at the hardware store.

Make a sauce to go with roast leg of lamb

While the lamb is roasting in the oven, I prepare my Apple Mint Chutney and other side dishes. However, if you want to save some energy on the day of your big meal, feel free to make your chutney up to two days before. The flavors and quality stay the same.

For all roasts, or any red meat for that matter, I love the accompaniment of a chutney. Not only does chutney add new flavors to the meal, it also breaks up the rich flavor of the meat. My Apple Mint Chutney has fun flavors that perfectly compliment the lamb.

close up of leg of lamb for easter dinner

Make-ahead tip:

For the chutney, prepare, cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge up to 2 days. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Other recipes that go with roast leg of lamb for a gorgeous Easter dinner:

All of the recipe details are listed below, but click over to my Ask Tara tab and ask me any questions you may have. From how to make your roast leg of lamb more tender, to tips on making your Easter table spread beautiful and cohesive, I love answering your questions!

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roast leg of lamb for easter on a platter
Roast Leg of Lamb With Apple Mint Chutney
Work Time
45 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 45 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roast leg of lamb
Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 194 kcal
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest finely grated
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice - juice of one lemon
  • tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • ¾ tsp celery seed
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • 6- to 7- lb leg of lamb trimmed
  • 2 bulbs fennel, large each cut into 6 wedges
  • 2 lemons halved crosswise
Apple-Mint Chutney
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • 2 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch dice
  • cup light brown sugar firmly packed
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 3 tbsp apple-cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • cup fresh mint chopped
Make Lamb:
  1. In a small bowl, combine 3 tbsp oil, the zest, juice and garlic. In another bowl, combine 2 tsp salt, the mustard powder, pepper, celery seed, nutmeg and allspice.

  2. Heat oven to 375°F. Place one rack in center and one rack on lowest level. Rinse lamb and pat dry. Place, fat side up, in a large roasting pan. Using a sharp paring knife, make 15 to 20 small slits around lamb. Generously rub lemon mixture over entire surface of lamb. Follow with dry spice mixture, pushing into slits.

  3. Roast lamb in center of oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part (without touching bone) registers 130°F for medium rare, about 1 hr 45 min.

  4. Meanwhile, on a rimmed baking sheet, toss together fennel, lemons, remaining 2 tbsp oil and ½ tsp salt. After 1 hr of roasting lamb, place fennel and lemons on sheet on lower rack. Roast, turning once, until fennel is golden and tender, about 40 min.

  5. Loosely tent lamb with foil; let stand 15 min before carving. Transfer to a platter; arrange fennel and lemons around lamb.

Make Chutney:
  1. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 min. Stir in apple, sugar, raisins, vinegar, salt, nutmeg and ⅓ cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until apple is tender and mixture has thickened slightly, about 8 min.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in mint. Serve with lamb.

Recipe Notes

Kitchen cue:  Roasted fennel and lemons add lovely flavor to this lamb dish.  But, if you like, roast any other cut-up vegetables - such as parsnips, leeks or baby potatoes - alongside the lamb in their place.

Make-ahead tip:  For chutney, prepare, cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts
Roast Leg of Lamb With Apple Mint Chutney
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 806mg 34%
Potassium 170mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 17g
Vitamin A 3.9%
Vitamin C 26.7%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 3.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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