Healthy Leg of Lamb Recipes

Find healthy, delicious leg of lamb recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Irish Lamb Stew

Rating: 3.86 stars
Lamb stew is Irish penicillin: a rich stew full of potatoes, leeks and carrots that'll cure whatever ails you. In traditional fashion, nothing here is browned first, just all stewed together--in this case, in a slow cooker to make it extra easy. To keep it healthy make sure to trim the lamb of any visible fat before you cook it.

Goat Curry

In this simple goat curry recipe, lean and healthy goat meat becomes tender from simmering with tomatoes and traditional Indian spices. Look for goat at ethnic markets or ask your butcher to order it for you. Serve with brown basmati rice and a dollop of yogurt.

Lamb Tibs

The aromatic Ethiopian spice blend berbere seasons this saucy lamb dish. Look for one that features fenugreek, allspice, red pepper, coriander and cinnamon, with other spices, at well-stocked grocery stores.

Grilled Leg of Lamb with Mint-Garlic Rub

In this elegant lamb recipe perfect for entertaining, boneless leg of lamb gets a mint and garlic rub. The butterflied lamb cooks in record time and the varying thickness means some slices will be more done than others, so there's something for everyone. The recipe calls for a cut that's large enough to serve about 16 people and still have enough leftovers to make an awesome sandwich or pasta.

Balsamic-Marinated Leg of Lamb

Make this luscious lamb entree for a special weekend dinner. It's a terrific recipe when you're craving something completely different.

Slow-Cooker Turkish Lamb & Vegetable Stew

Rating: 3.89 stars
Layers of fresh Mediterranean vegetables, seasoned with an abundance of bay, garlic and oregano, meld with tender lamb into a luscious harvest-time supper. Serve the stew with rice or warm whole-wheat pita.

Braised Lamb with a Garden-Vegetable Medley

Rating: 5 stars
This spring stew, known as a navarin or ragoût in France, features seasonal lamb and uses tender young vegetables that add a fresh flavor to the hearty mix. While a braised dish like this takes a little time, it can be prepared entirely in advance, making it perfect for entertaining.

Middle Eastern Roast Lamb with Tahini Sauce

Rating: 4 stars
Inspired by Middle Eastern shawarma sandwiches, here we season leg of lamb with a flavorful spice paste spiked with garlic, cardamom, paprika and cumin and grill it over indirect heat to approximate the gentle cooking of a rotisserie. Serve the tahini sauce on the side--and be sure to keep any leftovers. They're great tucked into a pita pocket with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes.

Lamb Ropa Vieja

This Cuban stew recipe gets its humorous name from the shreds of meat that seem to resemble tattered “old clothes.” Don't be tempted to substitute boneless leg of lamb; the bone gives the broth exceptional flavor. Though typically made with beef, lamb is more widely available in Cuba. If you prefer beef, use about 3 1/2 pounds boneless chuck roast. Serve over rice, with black beans on the side.

Roasted Lamb with Plum Sauce

The roasted lamb in this recipe is paired with a plum jam sauce, rather than the customary mint jelly.

Grilled Vegetable-Lamb Skewers

These skewers take just 20 minutes to prepare but they do require some time in the fridge to soak up the amazing herb and spice mix. Making your own Garam Masala is simple, but you can skip that step if you'd like--just look for it in the ethnic section of large supermarkets or at food specialty shops.

Turkish Lamb & Eggplant Kebabs

Rating: 2.5 stars
Here we combine baharat, a traditional Arabic spice blend, with olive oil, lemon, garlic and tomato paste to make it into a savory rub to flavor lamb-and-vegetable kebabs.

Inspiration and Ideas

Rhubarb & Lamb Tagine
Rating: Unrated
In this healthy lamb stew recipe, rhubarb contributes a savory-tart flavor. Pork shoulder would be good in place of the lamb if you prefer. Serve over whole-wheat couscous or an aromatic brown rice, such as basmati or jasmine.
Slow-Cooker Lamb Stew with Artichokes & White Beans
Fresh dill, lemon, escarole and artichokes give this healthy slow-cooker lamb stew recipe a decidedly springtime flavor. Dried white beans are perfect in this healthy crock pot recipe, but you could also add frozen lima beans at the end.

Lamb and Chickpea Bowls

Rating: 4 stars

This flavorful dish, complete with cumin and mint, is so quick and easy to make any night of the week.