easy lamb pot roast recipe

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Pot roast is meat roasted in a pot on the stovetop, in some cases over an open fire, rather than in the oven. Techniques and utensils vary. Some braise the meat then simmer in liquids such as water, wine or broth. Amma‘s lamb pot roast recipe is simply meat slow-cooked in a pot, using minimal added oil and no added liquid. The meat is browned evenly then allowed to cook on low heat for a succulent easy roast on the stovetop. It is a simple recipe that can be made in any pot! No need for pressure cookers, dutch ovens or crock pots, just a little patience!


Can You Pot Roast Lamb

Yes, you can! Any lamb cut, bone and all!, leg, shoulder or shank can be roasted in a pot on the stovetop. Just like when making chicken pot roast, it is necessary to use a pan or pot large enough to fit the meat into. This enables even cooking. The meat will cook within its own moisture so keep the pot closed during cooking. I recommend a heavy-based or non-stick pot or pan. If you are using an aluminium or stainless steel pot then simply cook on lower the heat to avoid burning.

How Long to Pot Roast Leg of Lamb

Cooking times will vary depending on the size of the meat used. I used a 1.5kg leg of lamb and cooked for 2 hours. I also prefer my meat well done, reduce cooking time if you prefer medium-well or  rare.

Larger pieces with bone-like leg or shoulder will require longer cooking time. To check if the meat is done, use a meat thermometer or simply slice to see if it is ready

How to Make Lamb Pot Roast

Start by preparing the meat, as you would for an oven roast lamb. Season with choice of herbs and spices. My seasoning of choice is usually garlic, mint and olive oil. For a spicy alternative, try cumin lamb.


For maximum flavour, I cut slits into the surface of the meat then fill with slivered garlic. I brush the surface with chopped mint infused in olive oil, then work into the meat by hand.

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To make the mint oil, chop the mint and mix with oil. Set aside for an hour or two before preparing the lamb meat.

After seasoning, I use my preferred method of browning meat for stovetop barbecue chicken. This process seals in flavour and releases moisture from the meat. I brown the meat evenly by turning the meat every 5-10 minutes.

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Once the desired brown colour is achieved I cover and allow to cook within the meats own moisture, Turing every 15 minutes to allow even cooking.


After 90 minutes of cooking, I add parboiled potatoes and onion.  Any other desired vegetables can be added at this stage. Cooking times vary according to the vegetables used. For soft cooking, vegetables add later. Once the potatoes are brown, remove from pot. The liquid from the cooking process can be used to make a gravy.

I usually add a grated carrot and potatoes for a flourless gravy.

Easy Lamb Pot Roast Recipe

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Easy Lamb Pot Roast Recipe

Easy Lamb Pot Roast Recipe

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This easy pot roast lamb recipe uses no added liquid to make a succulent roast lamb on the stovetop.


  • 1,5 kg lamb leg
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint


  1. Prepare the mint oil. Chop mint then add to oil. Set aside for an hour.
  2. Peel and cut garlic into slivers. Alternatively, grate the garlic and add to mint oil. Cut slits into the meat. Fill with garlic slivers, and or with mint oil. Rub into the meat by hand.
  3. Coat with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat a heavy-based pot on high heat. Add meat. Brown for 5 minutes before turning. Once evenly browned. Turn down the heat to low. Over and allow to cook. Turn every 15 minutes to allow even cooking.
  5. After 90 minutes of cooking, add vegetables of choice (depending on vegetable used, times may vary for soft cooking vegetables). Cooking times vary. This 1,5 kg lamb meat required 2 hours on slow heat.
  6. Remove from pot and serve with sides of choice. I recommend a mint or tomato chutney.
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One Comment

  1. Beautiful and easy. Love it.

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