How to cook a leg of lamb? You can roast or grill a leg of lamb! Whatever method should you choose, we’ll explain the different cooking methods with their respective cooking time of course (check our calculator)! Translation in French: gigot d’agneau.

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How do I cook a leg of lamb ?

What to pair a leg of lamb with?
Consider serving lamb chops with sides like roasted potatoes, roasted turnips, roasted carrots, couscous or a fresh salad! As for a sauce, you can choose a red wine reduction or a pomegranate glaze… (some people like mint sauce, I personally don’t). For a good wine combination, opt for red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Syrah.

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Preparing a leg of lamb

Preparing a leg of lamb. 
You can easily find frozen legs of lamb at the supermarket (mostly from NZ). If so, make sure you thaw it in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours. Then, whether with a fresh lef of lamb or a thawed one, trim excess fat from the leg of lamb, leaving a thin layer (for extra taste). Season the leg of lamb with salt, pepper, and your preferred herbs and spices (my combo of choice is rosemary, thyme, garlic powder and oregano). Allow the seasoned leg of lamb to rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking. This helps the meat cook more evenly.

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Cook a leg of lamb on grill

Cooking a leg of lamb on a grill. Here’s how to grill your leg of lamb to perfection!
1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
2. Sear the leg of lamb on all sides for about 2-3 minutes to lock in juices.
3. Move the lamb to indirect heat and continue grilling, turning occasionally, until the internal temperature reaches the desired level of doneness. It should take between 40 and 60 minutes depending on the size of the leg of lamb and your grill temperature.

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Cooking a leg of lamb in oven

Cooking a leg of lamb in an oven. Who doesn’t love a roasted leg of lamb? Here’s a basic roasting guide:
1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. Place the seasoned leg of lamb on a roasting rack in a roasting pan.
3. Use our calculator to get the right cooking time depending on the weight of your leg of lamb and the desired doneness.
Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 135°F (57°C) for medium-rare, 145°F (63°C) for medium, or 160°F (71°C) for well-done.


Just type in the weight (in lbs or kg) and you’ll get the result!

weight/level of doneness medium-rare medium well done
2 lbs 27 minutes 29 minutes 31 minutes
3 lbs 41 minutes 44 minutes 46 minutes
1 kg 30 minutes 32 minutes 34 minutes
1.5 kg 45 minutes 48 minutes 51 minutes
2 kg 60 minutes 64 minutes 68 minutes

A leg of lamb is a primal cut of meat derived from the hindquarters of a young sheep.