Spiced Yogurt Grilled Leg of American Lamb

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Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

40 MIN

Total Time

1 HR



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For the lamb

● 1 4 to 5 boneless leg of American lamb, butterflied and trimmed

● 1 tablespoon kosher salt

● 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


For the spice mix

● 2 1/2 tablespoons coriander seeds

● 1 tablespoon caraway seeds

● 1 tablespoon cumin seeds

● 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

● 2 tablespoons dried mint


For the yogurt sauce & marinade

● 2 cups whole milk greek yogurt

● Spice mix

● 6 garlic cloves, minced

● Juice and zest of one lemon

● ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

● ½ teaspoon kosher salt


1. Season the Lamb:

Generously season the American lamb with salt and pepper.

2. Make the Spice Mix:

Toast the coriander, caraway, and cumin seeds in a dry pan over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the seeds from the pan and let cool for about 5 minutes. Grind the spices in a mortar & pestle or spice grinder then add them to a small bowl and combine with the smoked paprika and dried mint.

3. Make the yogurt sauce:

Combine 2 cups yogurt with 6 minced garlic cloves, spice mix, olive oil, juice and zest of one lemon and ½ teaspoon salt.

4. Marinate the Lamb:

Rub half the yogurt sauce over the entire surface of the lamb. Then cover and refrigerate lamb overnight. Refrigerate the other half of the sauce separately to serve alongside.

5. Grill the lamb:

Let the lamb sit out at room temperature for about an hour before grilling. Preheat the grill to medium-high. Grill the lamb for 20 minutes per side or until temperature reaches 135°F. Allow to rest and it will carry over to 145°F for a perfect medium rare.

6. To Serve:

After at least 20 minutes, slice and enjoy. Serve with the Spiced Yogurt Sauce and fresh mint.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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