Tender Braised Leg of Lamb with Mint Sauce: A Flavorful Delight

Braised leg of lamb is a classic dish that epitomizes comfort and elegance. Slow-cooked until tender and infused with aromatic herbs and spices, it's a centerpiece that's sure to impress at any gathering. Paired with a refreshing mint sauce, this recipe strikes the perfect balance of flavors, making it an ideal choice for special occasions or Sunday dinners. Let's dive into creating this flavorful and succulent Braised Leg of Lamb with Mint Sauce.


For the Braised Leg of Lamb:

  • 1 leg of lamb (about 4-5 pounds), bone-in
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf

For the Mint Sauce:

  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


Step 1: Prepare the Braised Leg of Lamb:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C).
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the minced garlic, chopped rosemary, chopped thyme, olive oil, salt, and black pepper to create a marinade.
  3. Rub the marinade all over the leg of lamb, ensuring it's evenly coated.
  4. In a large Dutch oven or roasting pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear the lamb on all sides until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.
  5. Remove the lamb from the pan and set aside.
  6. In the same pan, add the sliced onions, carrots, and celery. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  7. Deglaze the pan with red wine (if using), scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
  8. Return the lamb to the pan and add the beef or vegetable broth. The liquid should come about halfway up the sides of the lamb.
  9. Add the bay leaf to the pan.
  10. Cover the pan with a lid or aluminum foil and transfer it to the preheated oven.
  11. Braise the lamb for 3-4 hours, or until it's tender and easily pulls apart with a fork.

Step 2: Prepare the Mint Sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the finely chopped mint leaves, white wine vinegar, honey, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Stir until the honey is dissolved and the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Step 3: Serve and Enjoy:

  1. Once the lamb is tender, remove it from the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
  2. Serve the sliced lamb with the braised vegetables and drizzle with the pan juices.
  3. Spoon the mint sauce over the lamb just before serving.
  4. Garnish with additional fresh mint leaves, if desired.
  5. Serve the Braised Leg of Lamb with Mint Sauce alongside your favorite side dishes, such as roasted potatoes or steamed vegetables.


This Braised Leg of Lamb with Mint Sauce is a show-stopping dish that's perfect for any special occasion or festive gathering. The lamb, slow-cooked until tender and flavorful, pairs beautifully with the refreshing mint sauce, creating a harmonious balance of flavors. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or simply treating your family to a special meal, this recipe is sure to impress. So gather your loved ones, raise a glass, and enjoy the rich and succulent flavors of this classic dish. Cheers to good food and great company!


Items to help you create this dish

Glad Roasting Pans

Cookstyle Carving Set

Bass 8pc Knife Block


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