Lamb Roasts and Braises

Roasting or braising is a classic preparation for lamb; we love it for both special occasions and everyday cooking. Here are 13 of our favorite lamb roasts and braises, from a leg of lamb simply roasted with rosemary to a Moroccan dish with honey, almonds, and raisins.

Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes

Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes
For this simple Sicilian Easter dish, cosciotto di agnello con patate, a leg of lamb is roasted over a bed of potatoes. Get the recipe for Roast Leg of Lamb with PotatoesTodd Coleman

Roasted Lamb Shoulder and Vegetables (Saneeyeh Bil Fern)

Roasted Lamb Shoulder and Vegetables (Saneeyeh Bil Fern)
This dish calls for slow-roasting lamb over okra, green beans, and eggplant until the lamb is tender and the vegetables have absorbed some of its juices. Get the recipe for Roasted Lamb Shoulder and Vegetables (Saneeyeh Bil Fern)Todd Coleman

Rack of Lamb with Rosemary and Thyme

Rack of Lamb with Rosemary and Thyme
This simply-seasoned rack of lamb is roasted to the perfect tenderness. Get the recipe for Rack of Lamb with Rosemary and ThymeAndre Baranowski

Roasted Lamb with Rosemary (Arni me Dendrolivano)

Roasted Lamb with Rosemary (Arni me Dendrolivano)
Roasting lamb over a bed of rosemary sprigs lends this Greek classic a smoky, herbal flavor. Get the recipe for Roasted Lamb with Rosemary (Arni me Dendrolivano)Penny De Los Santos

Honey-Braised Lamb Shanks (Mrouzia)

Honey-Braised Lamb Shanks (Mrouzia)
Lamb shanks are braised for hours in a sumptuous sauce of honey, almonds, and raisins in this centuries-old Moroccan dish served at the restaurant Mansouria. Get the recipe for Honey-Braised Lamb Shanks »Landon Nordeman

Braised Lamb Shanks

Braised Lamb Shanks
Redolent of rosemary, chiles, and balsamic vinegar, this sweet and-sour-dish is based on one shared with us by McGill College student Amanda Garbut. Get the recipe for Braised Lamb ShanksAndré Baranowski

Indian-Style Lamb Pot Roast

Indian-Style Lamb Pot Roast
Belonging to the family of slow, steam-cooked moghul dishes called dum pukht, this lamb is coated in a spice paste made with saffron, coconut, almonds, and yogurt. This pot roast is typically prepared in a South Asian clay pot called a handi. Get the recipe for Indian-Style Lamb Pot RoastLandon Nordeman

Easy Provençal Lamb

Easy Provençal Lamb
This versatile recipe calls for roasting a leg of lamb with a medley of vegetables, and all ingredients cook in one pan. A few hours later, you have the most succulent roast lamb, and the tomatoes and pan juices become the sauce. Get the recipe for Easy Provençal LambCourtesy Clarkson Potter

Braised Leg of Lamb

Braised Leg of Lamb
This dish is based on the traditional French preparation of braising lamb for several hours in an aromatic bath of garlic, rosemary, wine, and chicken stock until it becomes meltingly tender. Be sure to serve it with the potatoes and carrots that are cooked in the braise. Get the recipe for Braised Leg of LambTodd Coleman

Seven-Hour Leg of Lamb

Seven-Hour Leg of Lamb
Slow-cooking a leg of lamb in wine with garlic and herbs transforms the meat into an ultra-tender entrée that goes marvelously with stewed white beans. Get the recipe for Seven-Hour Leg of LambLandon Nordeman

Roast Shoulder of Lamb

Roast Shoulder of Lamb
Though Herdwick lamb is not available in this country, a good conventional lamb will do just as well. A light dressing of pan juices and roasted onions complements the tender and juicy lamb shoulder well. Get the recipe for Roast Shoulder of LambChristopher Hirsheimer

Roast Leg Of Lamb

Roast Leg Of Lamb
A simple combination of extra-virgin olive oil, coarse salt, and ground black pepper combines to make an exceptionally flavorful leg of lamb. This recipe only requires an hour of your time, making for an ideal weeknight meal. Get the recipe for Roast Leg Of LambJames Baigrie

Braised Lamb Shanks

Braised Lamb Shanks
Chef Tom Valenti of Manhattan's Ouest uses the foreshank, a meatier cut than the hindshank, for this recipe for shanks braised in a stock flavored with wine, aromatics, and anchovies. Get the recipe for Braised Lamb ShanksTodd Coleman