Lamb roast with garlic and rosemary

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This Recipe includes

Main ingredients:

lamb Lamb leg or shank, with bone
oil Olive oil
beef stock Beef broth
flour All-purpose flour

Spices, herbs and flavoring ingredients:

garlic powder Garlic powder
onion powder Onion powder
coriander Dried coriander
rosemary Dried rosemary
salt and pepper Salt and pepper

Why we love it

In France when it comes to a special occasion, it is not turkey that is usually the star, but rather a roasted meat dish. Beef, lamb or pork are usually what is served at Christmas or New Year.

So it is no surprise that this gigot d’agneau, or lamb roast with rosemary and garlic, is always a considered a meaty grand classic.

Lamb leg covered in herbs and spices, ready for the oven
Lamb leg ready for the oven

The key is to avoid cooking the lamb too quickly, but rathe to let it stew in its juices, as well as a beef broth to prevent it drying out and make a gravy.)

With plenty of spices and flavors, this is definitely a meal to gather around with friends and family for a special occasion, or just when you are feeling like something different for dinner.

Lamb roast with gravy

Now I’ve included a recipe for gravy made from the juices of the lamb roast, but you can also serve it with a creamy sauce like this béarnaise.

What to serve with it?

This delicious lamb roast with garlic and rosemary can be served with a potato side dish like this pommes aligot, these lyonnais potatoes or a mushroom and potato gratin.

For starters, consider this stuffed zucchini boats or these scallops in pesto.


What drinks to serve with it?

For drinks, you can pair the lamb roast with a red wine from Bordeaux like the Paulliac or Médoc. Another option is a Châteauneuf-du-Pape red wine from the Côtes-du-Rhône region.

If you don’t like red wine, try a pinot blanc white wine from Alsace. You can read more about French wines here.


How to store it?

This lamb roast keeps quite well in the fridge, and can be served warm or cold. Let it cool, and then place in an airtight glass container in the fridge, so that the lamb roast doesn’t dry out.


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lamb leg with garlic and rosemary

Lamb roast with garlic and rosemary

Nassie Angadi
Roast leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary easily in the oven, with this delicious recipe that makes a wonderful dinner for any occasion.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Main dishes
Cuisine French
Servings 6
Calories 39 kcal


  • 4.5 lb lamb leg with bone (2kg)
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • pinch of salt and pepper to taste


Cooking the Lamb leg

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the spices together along with the olive oil.
  • Rub the leg of lamb generously with the spice mixture.
  • Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to allow it to marinate.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the oven for 410°F (210°C).
  • Reduce the temperature to 360°f (180°C) and place the lamb leg in a roasting tray and cook for 90 minutes, flipping the chicken over every 30 minutes or until the lamb looks golden brown and cooked.
  • Once the lamb is cooked, move it to a serving plate.

Making the gravy

  • After moving the lamb leg to a serving plate, move the meat juices that were in the roasting tray into a small saucepan on the stove.
  • Add the beef broth to the sauce pan and heat the meat juices at medium temperature for 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, place the flour along with a tablespoon of water and mix to make a roux.
  • Mix the roux in to the saucepan and let the mixture come together for 5 minutes until it starts to thicken.
  • Serve warm alongside the lamb leg.


Serving: 1gCalories: 39kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 311mg

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  1. Balthy S

    I love it when people come together for a good lamb roast!

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