Lamb recipes to make the most of this succulent meat, including slow cooked shoulder of lamb that is so worth the wait, fragrant lamb curry and a good old shepherd’s pie, which is guaranteed to please a crowd.
Our pick of lamb recipes feature roast lamb recipes that will impress at Easter and beyond, whether you go for a traditional roast lamb, a leg of lamb rubbed all over with Indian spices or for roast lamb with stuffing, which will make your roast go that much further.
And once the sun starts to shine? Lamb comes into its own at a barbecue. Think DIY lamb burgers in a bun or pitta or chilli and cumin-marinated lamb skewers top of our list for a sunny day sharing food with friends. Lamb ribs make an interesting change and we have trendy London restaurant Pitt Cue Co’s recipe for you to try. Or keep it light with coconut lamb with cauliflower rice, which makes a fabulous low carb option.
Then there’s those unforgettable lamb curries, which are so satisfying. Make classic rogan josh or massaman curry, which are both easy to make once you have all the spices and are packed with flavour.
British lamb is in season from April to September, but it’s at its most tender in May and June before the flavour develops as the season goes on. There are so many cuts to choose from, but look out for the best quality from your local butcher or farmers’ market. Go for shoulder of lamb, leg of lamb or lamb loin for the best roasts. Lamb neck works best in a stew, and it’s inexpensive too. Lamb chops and lamb cutlets make a quick and easy dinner in the oven or under the grill. Don’t be afraid to try new cuts and experiment.
This roast lamb stuffed with peppers and pine nuts deserves the time it takes to cook it. The meat becomes perfectly tender and it's an absolute dream served wtih steamed potatoes and veg. It's the ideal recipe for when you're entertaining.
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Delicious Lamb recipes
These spicy lamb meatballs work really well with the rice salad to make a delicious dinner everyone can enjoy with a bit of a Middle Eastern feel to it
Chipotle lamb kebabs with chimichurri is a new way with lamb that's punchy and fresh at the same time - perfect for a summer barbecue
Roast carvery leg of lamb with miso and ginger puts a twist on a classic roast dinner. Miso is slightly sweet and ginger is fiery and together they work great
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Stuffed shoulder of lamb goes perfectly with heritage carrots and tarragon and the lemon zest and parsley give it a lovely fresh flavour. A lovely spring roast
These merguez burgers are a really great lamb burger option - they're full of flavour from the harissa and great on the barbecue or at home
Make Middle Eastern lamb with fresh figs with spices you'll find in your storecupboard with mouth-watering results and tender meat
Roast lamb stuffed with peppers and pine nuts is a new take on a classic roast dinner made with roasted red peppers and fragrant herbs and spices
Chilli lamb cutlets have a real kick and are so easy to to prepare, made with red chillies, crushed black peppercorns and soy sauce
Slow roast Greek-style leg of lamb is marinated in garlic, lemon and herbs then slow roasted for all that wonderful flavour over crunchy, sticky potatoes
How do you like your roast lamb? We asked TV chef Tom Kerridge how he makes the perfect roast lamb and what he said made us very hungry indeed