Easter Leg of Lamb


We eat lamb every Easter dinner — it is a family favorite. I normally cook half of a leg. If you cook a whole leg of lamb, double the recipe. You need to start this recipe at least 24 hours before cooking. It needs to marinate at least overnight.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 1 hrs 35 mins



  • 1 (16 ounce) container plain yogurt

  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves stripped

  • ½ bunch fresh parsley, stems removed

  • ½ head garlic, peeled and smashed

  • 1 ½ lemons, zested

Roasted Lamb:

  • ½ (6 pound) leg of lamb

  • 2 large onions, quartered

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoons ground black pepper

  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves stripped

  • ½ bunch fresh parsley, stems removed

  • ½ head garlic

  • 1 ½ lemons, zested


  1. Prepare marinade: Mix yogurt, rosemary, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Place leg of lamb in marinade and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours.

  2. The next day, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Spread onions on the bottom of a roasting pan. Remove lamb from marinade, rinse and pat dry. Set aside.

  4. Place olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest in a food processor. Process until mixture becomes a smooth paste. Rub leg of lamb with paste and place on top of onions in the roasting pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Continue baking until desired doneness, 40 to 50 minutes for medium. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

707 Calories
49g Fat
22g Carbs
47g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 707
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 161mg 54%
Sodium 3073mg 134%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 47g
Vitamin C 64mg 319%
Calcium 252mg 19%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 1034mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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