There are few things better than Greek-style leg of lamb. It’s slow-roasted until tender with lemon, rosemary, and the most delicious potato wedges you’ve ever had. The perfect meal for Easter, or anytime you’re in the mood for a truly incredible, low-maintenance meal.

Large white platter with Greek-style bone-in leg of lamb and potatoes.


When it comes to lamb, there are two ways to prepare it: medium to medium-rare like this boneless leg of lamb, or long and slow-roasted until fall-apart-tender like this Greek leg of lamb with lemon and potatoes.

Because it’s slow-roasted it doesn’t require much maintenance making it ideal for holidays and gatherings.

Since the potatoes are roasted in the same pan, they soak up all the wonderful flavor of the lamb and the lemon-rosemary-oregano sauce.

The lamb and potatoes are served with a simple yet delicious ladolemono sauce that ties everything together and adds even more flavor.

This Greek-style leg of lamb and potatoes is great alongside roasted broccoli, green beans in tomato sauce, Greek salad, or baked asparagus with cheese and breadcrumbs.

Recipe Ingredients

All ingredients for this recipe are shown in the pic below and special notes are made in this bulleted list to assist you.

Ingredients shown: leg of lamb, potatoes, olive oil, honey, paprika, Dijon, lemons, garlic, chicken stock, oregano, and rosemary.
  • Lamb. This recipe is for a 4 1/2 to 5 pound bone-in leg of lamb and includes salt and pepper to do a dry brine. Instructions to scale the brine for a different weight are below in the recipe notes. This recipe would be even better with a lamb shoulder, although it can be hard to find a full lamb shoulder here in the US.
  • Potatoes. I recommend using Yukon golds and buying them individually so you can select the largest potatoes available. This will yield the long wedges you see in the photographs below.
  • Chicken stock. If possible, use homemade chicken stock as you’ll have better control over sodium levels. You can also use a stock made from low-sodium chicken base.
  • Herbs. Rosemary is used during the roasting process and dried Greek oregano is used for both the roasted potatoes and the finishing lemon sauce. If you can’t find Greek oregano, you can use regular dried oregano.
  • Onions. These are optional and aren’t included in the print recipe below. If you like the addition, roughly chop 1-2 medium onions and toss with the potatoes.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to make it

Each number corresponds to the numbered written steps below.

  1. If you bought from a butcher the leg was most likely trimmed, but if there is a very thick layer of fat you will want to trim off some of it. You do want fat on the leg and it should look similar to pic 1 below. Season the lamb with the dry brine of 2 tablespoons of Diamond Crystal Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper. Place the lamb on a wire rack-lined baking sheet and refrigerate, uncovered, overnight. (Photo #1)
Greek-style leg of lamb with potatoes recipe collage one showing dry brining lamb on baking sheet and inserting garlic cloves into lamb.
  1. 1 hour before roasting, remove the lamb from the fridge. Preheat the oven to 325f and set the rack to the middle level. Cut 5 garlic cloves into pointed slivers and make slits in the lamb, pressing each garlic sliver into the slits. (Photo #2)
  2. To a blender add 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary leaves, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice, 10 cloves of garlic, and 3/4 cup of olive oil and blend until smooth. Pour half the marinade over the lamb and use your hands to run it all over. Let the lamb sit and absorb the marinade for at least 30 minutes before roasting. (Photo #3)
Recipe collage two showing rubbing marinade into lamb and seasoning potatoes in roasting pan.
  1. Cut 3 1/2 pounds of large Yukon gold potatoes into large wedges and place them in a roasting pan large enough to accommodate them and the lamb. Pour the remaining marinade over the potatoes and mix well, then add 1/2 cup of low-sodium chicken stock to the pan. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper, 1 teaspoon of paprika, and 1 tablespoon of dried Greek oregano. (Photo #4)
  2. Place the lamb, fat side up, on top of the potatoes. You can insert a digital oven-safe thermometer into the thickest part of the lamb if you like, but it’s more important to cook the lamb to the proper texture instead of temp. More on that below. (Photo #5)
Recipe collage three showing inserting temp probe and covering roasting pan with foil.
  1. Cover the pan tightly with foil and place in the oven to roast for 3-4 hours or until the meat easily pulls away from the bone and shreds. Test with a fork at the 3 hour mark and if it is still tough, cover and roast for another 1 hour. The temp of the lamb might get up to 180-190f during the stage. (Photo #6)
  2. Once the lamb is fork tender, turn up the heat in the oven to 450f and remove the foil. Allow the leg of lamb to roast for another 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. (Photo #7)
Recipe collage four showing fully cooked lamb and potatoes.
  1. Remove the lamb and place on a platter tented with foil. Place the potatoes back in the oven and continue to roast until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 20-30 minutes. While the potatoes roast, make the ladolemono sauce by combining 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard, 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic (turned into a paste), 2 teaspoons of dried Greek oregano, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper. Whisk or blend the ingredients, taste test, and adjust salt as needed. (Photo #8)
  2. Place the potatoes on a platter with the lamb and use a ladle to degrease the remaining pan sauce. (Photo #9)
Recipe collage five showing degreasing of sauce and pouring it on top of platter.
  1. Pour the pan sauce on top of the lamb and potatoes and serve with the Greek ladolemono sauce. The lamb can be sliced in it’s largest section and near the bones the meat can be pulled and shredded. Enjoy! (Photo #10)

Top tips

  • Brining the lamb. I highly recommend dry brining the leg of lamb the night before making as it yields a more juicy roast. If you don’t have time for the dry brine, you can skip this step, season the lamb, and marinade.
  • Cooking the lamb. A good rule of thumb is 3-4 hours (or 37-45 minutes per pound) tightly covered at 325f. Check it at the 3-hour mark and see if the meat pulls away from the bone without much resistance. Stick a fork into the meat and twist the fork. If the meat shreds it is done. If not, roast it covered for another 30-60 minutes. Cook the lamb for texture and not temp, though you can use a thermometer as shown above to help guide you. The final internal temp will be around 185-200f which is the optimal temp for slow-roasted lamb. Cooking to this stage allows for a shreddable consistency near the bone. If you prefer your lamb medium, roast it until the temperature hits 130-135f and allow it to rest until it reaches 140f, or for medium-rare, remove it from the oven at 125-130f.
  • Fat side up. Placing the fat side of the lamb up to roast will yield superior results as it allows the fat to drip down and further flavor the lamb and potatoes.

White plate with lamb and potatoes with spoon pouring Greek Ladolemono sauce on top.

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Greek Slow-Roasted Leg of Lamb with Potatoes

5 from 8 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 3 hours 15 minutes
Overnight salting (dry brining): 12 hours
Total: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8
This Greek-style slow-roasted leg of lamb with potatoes and ladolemono sauce has outrageous flavor and since it's slow-roasted it's very low maintenance! It's perfect for Easter and other holiday gatherings, but so good you'll want to make it all year long.

Ingredients 

For the dry brine

  • 1 4 1/2-5 pound leg of lamb trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 tablespoons Diamond Crystal Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Remaining ingredients

  • 3 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes cut into large wedges
  • 15 cloves garlic divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Rosemary leaves
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried Greek oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock

For the ladolemono sauce

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons Greek dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

Salt (dry brine) overnight

  • Season the lamb with salt and pepper and then place the lamb on a wire rack lined baking sheet and refrigerate, uncovered, overnight.

Marinate and roast

  • Remove the roast from the fridge 1 hour before roasting. Preheat oven to 325f and set the rack to the middle level.
  • Cut 5 garlic cloves into pointed slivers. Make slits in the lamb and press the garlic into those slits.
  • Place the rosemary, honey, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, remaining garlic, and olive oil into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour half of the marinade over the lamb and rub it all over. Let the lamb absorb the marinade for at least 30 minutes before roasting.
  • Place the potato wedges into a large roasting pan. Pour the remaining marinade all over the potatoes and mix well. Pour the chicken stock into the roasting pan. Season the potatoes with salt to taste and sprinkle the paprika and oregano all over.
  • Place the lamb, fat side up, on top of the potatoes. Cover the pan tightly with foil and roast in the oven for 3 hours. Check the lamb with a fork. The meat should easily pull away from the bone and should be tender throughout. If not, cover and roast for another 30-60 minutes and check again.
  • Once tender, turn the heat to 450f and remove the foil. Roast for another 10-12 minutes or until the roast is lightly browned. The final internal temp of the lamb might hit 190-200f. It is more important to cook the lamb until tender and shreddable than worrying about the exact internal temp!
  • Remove the lamb to a platter and tent with foil. Continue to roast the potatoes until most of the liquid has evaporated (about 20-30 minutes).
  • Place the potatoes onto the platter with the lamb. Degrease the remaining pan sauce and pour the sauce on top of the lamb and potatoes. Serve lamb with ladolemono sauce. Enjoy!

For the ladolemono sauce

  • Blend or whisk the ingredients and season with salt to taste.

Notes

  • Salting (dry brining) the lamb overnight is recommended. 
  • Brine at a 1% ratio of salt to total leg of lamb weight. A 5-pound leg of lamb weighs 2270 grams so it needs ~22 grams of salt which equals roughly 1 1/4 tablespoons of table salt.  When using Kosher salt you will need to use more tablespoons because a tablespoon of Kosher salt weighs less than a tablespoon of table salt.  See the table below:
    • 1 Tablespoon of Table salt = ~19 grams
    • 1 Tablespoon Morton Kosher salt = ~15 grams
    • 1 Tablespoon Diamond Crystal Kosher salt = ~10 grams
  • A note about doneness – This Greek-style lamb is supposed to be well done and shreddable.  If you want medium-rare lamb, aim for 130°F or about 20 minutes per pound.  Use an oven-safe thermometer for accuracy. 
  • Leftovers can be saved for up to 3 days in the fridge.   To reheat, wrap the lamb in foil and cook in the oven at 350f until warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 706kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.5g | Protein: 55.8g | Fat: 41.3g | Saturated Fat: 16.3g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 1135mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 21g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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29 Comments

  1. Walker says:

    Love the recipe but it’s more like a 4:15 or even 4:45 due to the browning steps for the lamb and potato wedges. I trusted the time estimate in the writeup and now i’m going to be late to the potluck 😬

  2. Greg says:

    5 stars
    Made this lamb recipe for an Easter family gathering. Loved it, IMHO this Greek style lamb is so much better than the rare type. Loved the lemon flavor and garlic herbs. And those were some awesome potatoes!

  3. Loretta Kish says:

    Hi James. I made your boneless leg of lamb recipe tonight. It was very good but a bit chewy. I cooked it to 140 degrees. Do you find the slow roasting to produce a more tender meat. Would you recommend dry brining anyway you cook the lamb.

    1. Tara says:

      Hi Loretta, the boneless leg of lamb recipe and this recipe for slow roasted lamb are very different recipes. Personally, Jim prefers the slow roasted lamb in this recipe over the boneless, but both can be done well. In the end, it really comes down to personal preference – in fact if you go to the video on YouTube for the slow roasted lamb you’ll see a mix of comments from people saying lamb should only be cooked medium-rare, and others saying the slow-roasted until well done/fall apart tender is the only way to do it. Did you roast the lamb at 450 for the first 15 minutes and then drop the temp to 350? Skipping that step could have caused some of the fat to not render enough and create a chewier texture. Dry brining is always a good idea for meat.

  4. Werner says:

    Jim/Tara: one more question, because of my schedule I’ll have to do the dry brine two days before I cook the leg. Anything I should do differently?

    1. James says:

      Hi Werner. It will be even better after 2 days. Enjoy!

  5. Den M. says:

    Hi Jim and Tara, please clarify my confusion re lamb and internal temp. This slow roasted leg cooks to a high internal temp, yet tender and falling apart. Your boneless leg cooks to a more typical 130 internal temp. I love this greek slow roast for something different but want to be certain I get nice results. (I am making for company and always do your recipes without doing a test run!) I see some long cooked lamb uses shoulder lamb roast although I don’t see that readily available nor does it look as appealing as your leg of lamb. Is it the covered long cook that keeps this meat juicy even when cooked to 180-ish? Thank you for your terrific recipe posts.

    1. James says:

      Hi Den. I promise you the leg will still be juicy at 190-200f internal. If you haven’t watched the YouTube video, please do. At the 9:00 mark I placed a thermometer into the leg after roasting and it registered 200f. I wanted to make the point that if you follow the recipe the lamb will shred. As far as a shoulder, if you can get one, it will be even better. Simply roast in the same manner and pull it out when tender. Depending on the size, it might take a bit longer. Hope this helps.

  6. Werner Straube says:

    Jim: I plan to make this for Easter, I found a 5.45 lb semi boneless leg of lamb at my Meijer. It is not tied with string. Is it necessary to tie it with string? I appreciate your help,

    1. Tara says:

      Hi Werner, you don’t have to tie it. If it was completely boneless Jim recommends tying.

      1. Werner says:

        Will do, Thank you!

  7. Norina says:

    Do you serve the leg of lamb shredded like pulled pork or is it sliced? We always sliced it. I’m trying to visualize the guests picking at it from the platter. I’m assuming it’s already shredded like pulled pork and then served.
    I love your presentations. You do a great job! All your recipes are devine!! Love the interaction between you and your cute son!

    1. Tara says:

      Hi Norina, you can do either. The lamb will be tender enough to shred but you can definitely slice it too. Thanks for the comment and so happy you’re enjoying the recipes!

  8. Lynne says:

    5 stars
    Love your recipes. .. you explain everything so well and I’m no great shakes cook, trust me! But you have given me confidence to have a go and this leg of lamb will be my Easter go to! Thank you so much to you and your lovely family

  9. Georgina Bernard Rodrigues says:

    At last I can venture to do a lamb roast like my other did. this is an amazing recipe and the notes and tips are the best. ill save the recipe for sure for Easter and the summer cottage.
    Tips on a cold lamb luncheon in your next? *****

  10. LN says:

    5 stars
    Love your recipes, they work every time! I always look forward to watching your UTube channel.