Weekend Recipe | Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Coriander

Rachel Allen’s comforting family recipes make for the perfect feel-good Sunday lunch this Easter – try her butterflied leg of lamb with coriander for a delicious main dish.

Although I often cook a leg of lamb with the bone still in, if I want to infuse it with lots of spice or herby flavours I will remove the bone, i.e. butterfly it, and marinate the meat before roasting. Crushed coriander seeds will bring a deliciously warm, nutty note to the sweet lamb.


1 leg of lamb, butterflied (bone removed – you can ask your butcher to do this, if you like)

2 tbsp coriander seeds 50ml (2fl oz) extra-virgin

olive oil

2 garlic cloves, finely grated or crushed

2 tbsp chopped coriander sea salt and freshly ground

black pepper


  • Place the lamb in a roasting tin, fat side up. Using a small sharp knife, make deep incisions every 6cm (2½in) or so all over the top
  • Next, place a dry frying pan on the heat and tip in the coriander seeds. Allow to get slightly darker in colour and toasted – between 30 seconds and 1 minute – then tip into a mortar and grind with a pestle. Place in a bowl and mix in the oil, garlic and chopped coriander, then season with salt and pepper. It should make a lovely thick paste. Rub the paste all over both sides of the lamb and set in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF), Gas mark 6. Roast the lamb for 30–50 minutes, depending on how you like it cooked. (This is equally good cooked on a barbecue).
  • Rest the meat for 15–20 minutes after cooking, then carve into slices to serve, not forgetting to drizzle the delicious juices over the lamb.

Recipe and images taken from Recipes From My Mother by Rachel Allen, (£20) Harper Collins, out now. 

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