The perfect roast lamb

The perfect roast lamb


  • 1kg leg of lamb with the bone
  • 6 fresh oregano sprigs (you can use dry if you cannot get fresh
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 8 sprigs of fresh thyme(you can use dry if you cannot get fresh)
  • 1 tsp (5ml) mustard seeds
  • Salt and pepper – to taste
  • 1 Tbsp (30ml) olive oil


  1. Place oregano, garlic, thyme and mustard seeds in a pestle and mortar and crush to a fine paste
  2. Season generously with salt and black pepper and stir in the olive oil.
  3. Rub the herbed paste all over the lamb and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight
  4. Preheat oven to 160°C.
  5. Place a wire rack, scattered with extra thyme, in a roasting tin and place the lamb on top
  6. Roast lamb for 20 minutes per 500g for medium, or a little longer for well done
  7. Remove lamb from oven and allow to rest in a warm place, covered with foil for 20 minutes, before carving

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