Lisa Faulkner's roasted leg of spring lamb recipe

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Lisa Faulkner's roasted leg of spring lamb is a classic way to cook lamb that's perfect for Sunday roast dinner with the family or special occasion

Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time2 hours 30 mins

Lisa Faulkner's roasted leg of spring lamb is a classic way to cook lamb. Perfect for Sunday roast dinner with the family, an Easter feast or a special occasion when catering for lots of guests. This mouth-watering cut of meat will take around 2hrs and 30 mins to cook and is well worth the wait. Made with garlic, rosemary and drizzled in oil, this delicious cut of lamb is a traditional spring recipe. This lamb serves 6-8 people and is perfect served with roast potatoes, fresh greens and homemade Yorkshire puddings.


  • 1 x leg of lamb, weighing about 2.5kg
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • vegetable oil, for drizzling
  • lots of fresh rosemary




  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4.
  2. Cut little slits with a sharp knife in the leg of lamb - about 20 or so all over. Peel the garlic, cut each clove into slices about the size of your thumbnail and stick them in the holes in the lamb. Drizzle with oil and season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Take little branches of rosemary and stick these in the holes next to the garlic so the whole leg looks like a porcupine.
  4. Take the garlic skins and all the rosemary trimmings and drop them into the bottom of a large roasting dish. Position the leg of lamb on top and roast for about 2-2½ hours (or medium), or until cooked to your liking.
  5. Serve with your selection of vegetables and roast potatoes.
Top Tip for making Lisa Faulkner's roasted leg of spring lamb

To calculate how long to cook your leg of lamb, as a rough guide, it will need about 30 minutes per 450g (141/2 oz).

Lisa Faulkner is the actress turned celebrity chef who won series five of the popular BBC TV show, Celebrity Masterchef. Since winning the show in 2010, she has released five cookbooks full of homely recipes that have quickly become family favorites. Born in London, she started modelling at 15 and spent time in Paris before moving on to acting at 16 years old. Lisa went on to star in some of the most well loved soaps and TV dramas including Holby City, Spooks and EastEnders. Lisa has a daughter, 13-year old Billie who she adopted with her first husband Chris Coghill. Speaking openly about her daughter, Lisa has said adopting Billie was the best day of her life, “I’ll remember that day for the rest of my life. It’s the greatest privilege to be a mother and the greatest challenge of my life and one for which I’m so grateful. Seeing my daughter develop and learn is a miracle to me.” She split from Coghill in 2011 and married Masterchef Judge, John Torode in 2019 after seven years of dating. Many of Lisa’s recipes are inspired by her mother’s own cooking - “The wonderful aromas, the knife on the chopping board and her wedding ring tinkling against her glass rolling pin as she shaped pastry. Everything that she made was delicious, and to me she was just magic.” With this in mind, she curates wholesome flavours and family favourites like fish and chips (opens in new tab), leg of lamb (opens in new tab) and delicious blueberry muffins (opens in new tab) within her collections. This taste for family cooking she brings online to her social media (opens in new tab) channels, where she shares her secret to some of the most well-loved recipes out there and offers an insight into her life with husband John. If you’re looking for tasty and nourishing recipes for your family, we’re sure to have the Lisa Faulkner recipes you’ll need to be inspired in the kitchen.