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Lamb Roasting


Roasting doesn't need to be complicated. Simply weigh the raw joint and calculate the cooking time using the table below to ensure the meat is cooked to your liking.


Roasting Essentials

  • Position the oven shelves so the meat is in the centre of the oven.
  • Place the joint uncovered on a wire rack in a roasting tin ensuring any fat is on the top. 
    This allows the juices to run down and baste the joint naturally.
  • When roasting beef and lamb joints, the secret is to cook the joints in a moderate oven for slightly longer to ensure even cooking.
  • Remember to weigh beef and lamb joints before calculating your preferred cooking time.
  • Allow the joint to rest for 5-10 minutes after cooking to let the meat fibres relax and juices distribute evenly so the joint is moist and easy to carve.
  • To test the degree of cooking, use a meat thermometer. 
    There are two varieties available. 
    One you insert in the centre of the raw joint, or at the thickest point and cook until the desired internal temperature is reached.
    The other is inserted into the cooked joint after roasting. This gives an instant reading. As a quick reference temperatures should be as follows:

  • Lamb: Medium - 70-75°C, Well Done - 75-80°C

Cut                                                                                                                           Cooking Time: Gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350-375°F


Lamb Joints:

Leg, Shoulder, Breast, Shanks, Rack                                                               Medium: 25mins per 450g (1lb) +25 mins - Internal temp 70-75°C

                                                                                                                                 Well-done: 30mins per 450g (1lb)+30 mins - Internal temp approx 75-80°C


Lamb Loin Chops, Chump, Cutlets - 2cm (¾") thick                                  25 - 30 minutes


For more cooking guidelines check the Simply Beef and Lamb website