Grilled butterflied leg of lamb

This is the best recipe I have ever had for lamb. It really brings out the flavor wonderfully. It came originally from the Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook.

A wonderful side dish for this is the Spanish recipe for Garlic fried potatoes (PATATAS-POBRES).


(Serves 4-6)


  1. Mix together all of the ingredients except the lamb. Place the lamb in a bowl or pan that will not be corroded by the marinade (a glass 9 x 13 pan works well).
  2. Pour most of the marinade over the lamb. Swish the lamb around and get it soaked on both sides. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least several hours, turning occassionally.
  3. Start a fire in the grill and get the coals very warm but not flaming. Place lamb on grill 3-4 inches from the coals. Cook on this side for 20 minutes, basting with the extra marinade occasionally. Turn the meat over and cook another 20 minutes.
  4. After 10 minutes on the second side, start checking for doneness. Contrary to many people's ideas, lamb should not be well done but should still be a little pink. When done, slice thin and serve.


For the meat, you need a half leg of lamb which has been butterflied. A good butcher can do this for you but don't be afraid of trying it yourself. To butterfly the leg, take a sharp knife and start at the side and work towards the bone. Once you have found the bone, work along it so you have one side completely slit and then cut out the bone. Depending on which end of the leg you have, you may need to puzzle over some of the weirdnesses of the bone shape. Don't discard the bone!it makes interesting soup.


Difficulty: easy.
Time: 5 minutes preparation, overnight marinating, 40 minutes cooking.
Precision: no need to measure.


Anita Cochran 
Astronomy Dept., The Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX, 78712 {noao, ut-sally, ut-emx}!utastro!anita 
Recipe last modified: 7 Apr 88

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