Grilled Leg of Lamb

Andreas Xerakia, a Greek-born resident of New York City, slow-roasts a whole lamb every year for his family's celebratory Easter dinner. Our editorial assistant, Maria Xerakia (daughter of Andreas), writes: "My relatives here are crowding around the lamb, enjoying their handpicked petsa (skin) and psaxno (meat)." See the RecipeAnna Stockwell

Andreas Xerakia, a Greek-born resident of New York City (pictured below with his family), slow-roasts a whole lamb every year for his family's celebratory Easter dinner. Here's a smaller, more streamlined version of that dish.

Grilled Leg of Lamb
Andreas Xerakia, a Greek-born resident of New York City, slow-roasts a whole lamb every year for his family's celebratory Easter dinner. Here's a smaller, more streamlined version of that dish.
Yield: serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 1 (4–5-lb.) boneless leg of lamb
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 10 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Unroll the leg of lamb fat side down onto a work surface. Using a knife, make ¼" slashes all over the inside of the leg. Squeeze the lemon over both sides of the lamb and drizzle with olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper and rub lamb with rosemary and garlic. Transfer lamb to a parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
  2. Let lamb come to room temperature. Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium-high. (Alternatively, arrange a rack 5" from the broiler element and heat oven to broil.) Spread lamb over grill grate and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked to desired temperature, about 15–18 minutes for medium rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let sit for 5 minutes. Following the seams of fat and muscle, cut lamb into 5 large pieces. To serve, thinly slice each piece against the grain and transfer to a serving platter.