This Lamb Loin is a super easy, special dish for any occasion. Learn this simple step by step method for grilling or roasting today!
Lamb is such a special treat! We serve lamb at least a few times per year! If you find a lamb saddle, or the whole loin, including the bone, it will be much cheaper per pound! And it is easy to remove the bone. Here is a great YouTube video on how to de-bone the lamb saddle. You can also ask your butcher to do it for you!
The other beautiful thing about this recipe is that, if you can grill outside, grill it, less cleanup after dinner! If you live in the frigid north, like we do, then go ahead and roast it in your oven! The only thing that may change is the cooking time!
How long will it take my lamb loin to cook?
The time the lamb will take to cook is all about the weight of the roast. Weigh your roast before cooking. Ours ended up being 1.5 lbs. It took about 30 minutes total to cook it to medium rare.
Why is lamb traditional at Easter?
Lamb has been a tradition on spring tables since before the existence of Christianity. Jews are thought to have eaten lamb for Passover because they put lamb blood on their doors, so that God would “pass over” their house and not kill their sons.
Christians believe Christ was the “lamb of God”, so it’s symbolic there as well. In addition, lamb would have been one of the first meats that were ready to eat it the Spring. Here is an interesting article that covers it in more depth from Metro.
What herbs should you use to season lamb?
The most traditional herbs and seasonings for lamb are mint and lemon.
- fresh mint
- garlic cloves
What should you serve with lamb loin?
Lamb actually goes well with lots of different flavors. In this case we served with grilled asparagus and new potatoes. Here are a few other side dishes that are a good fit for lamb!
What vegetables are good with lamb?
Like with side dishes, many vegetables go well with Lamb Loin.
- Grilled or Roasted Asparagus
- Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
- Pea Salad
- Broccoli Salad
- Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots
How to cook lamb loin on the grill
- Roast several bulbs of garlic, in the grill or oven. Prepare the lamb.
- Cut up your choice of fresh herbs. Here I used parsley and rosemary.
- Chop finely.
- Spread garlic all over roast.
- Add herbs, adding some under the fat layer, too.
- Roll up loin and truss the roast with kitchen twine. (Here is a good video)
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Sear all sides over high heat. Takes about 15 minutes.
Once roast is seared all over, move to the side of grill where there is no flame. This is called indirect grilling. If roast is getting to brown on one side, shield it with a tent made from aluminum foil. Depending on the size of the roast, this will take 15-25 minutes, but measure the temperature with internal thermometer. You should remove the roast from the heat at 115°-125°F for rare. 135°-145°F for medium and 165°-170°F for well done.
How to roast lamb loin in the oven
To roast in the oven, preheat oven to 350°F. Sear roast in a heavy bottom, ovenproof or cast iron pan, with a bit of olive oil, on all sides. Transfer to oven and roast for approximately the same time as above, depending on the size of your roast.
Other delicious grilled recipes
- Cherry Balsamic Whole Duck
- Venison Steak Kabobs
- Chicken with Plum Sauce
- Lamb Meatballs with Coconut Curry
- Grilled Lamb Chops
- Grilled Salmon with Garlic Scape Pesto
- Lamb Burgers with Feta
Other lamb recipes
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Lamb Loin – Grilled or Roasted to Perfection
- Let roast come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat grill or oven to 350°F.
- Rub roasted garlic inside of roast, all around.
- Sprinkle inside with herbs. (see post for suggestions)
- Roll up tightly.
- Truss with kitchen string. (see post)
- Brown roast on all sides. If doing inside, add a bit of olive oil to pan.
- Once browned move to the side of the grill without a burner on. (indirect grill)
- If roasting in the oven, once roast is browned, place roast in a large roasting pan on a roasting rack in oven to finish (or use cast iron or oven safe pan to sear).
- Cook until temperature is about 125°F for medium rare.
- fresh thyme
- fresh sage