Roast leg of lamb (Moroccan-style)

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Roast leg of lamb (Moroccan-style)
Roast leg of lamb (Moroccan-style)
Servings:Serves 6
Calories per serving:811
Ready in:14 hours 45 minutes
Prep. time:12 hours 15 minutes
Cook time:2 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:10th March 2013

By far the most popular meat of Morocco, this leg of lamb is an oven-roasted version of Méchoui. You won't need to carve this, you should be able to serve by pulling the tender meat away from the bone with a fork. Serve with roast potatoes, a selection of vegetables and harissa paste.


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Mise en place

  • Prepare the meat the day before so it can marinate overnight
  • Preheat the oven to 220° C (425° F - gas 7)


  1. Trim the meat of excess fat
  2. Carefully stab the joint all over with a knife
  3. Blend the marinade ingredients to a paste. Soften the butter or ghee by microwaving for 20 seconds to make the mixing easier.
  4. Spread this all over the surface of the lamb, pushing it into all of the the cuts.
  5. Place in a sealable container and leave overnight in a refrigerator to marinate

the next day

  1. Remove the leg of lamb from the container and place the a large roasting tray.
  2. Free any solidified butter by microwaving the container for 30 seconds. Add this to the joint.
  3. roast the joint at 220° C for 15 minutes. Don't be concerned by the burning butter, it will add to the flavour.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 180° C (350° F - gas 4) and roast for a further 2 hours. Baste regularly

Serving suggestions

Allow to rest for 10 minutes and serve with roast potatoes, harissa paste and a selection of vegetables.


Chop/ squash half of a preserved lemon and add it to the marinade.

Chef's notes

Don't be put off a recipe that calls for a leg of lamb because of the high cost. This recipe can be adjusted for half a leg of lamb and you buy that (frozen) for just £6.00! (March 2013).

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