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Jamie Purviance

Moroccan-Spiced Leg of Lamb with Herb Butter

  • People

    Serves 8 to 10

  • Marinating Time

    2 to 4 h

  • Grilling Time

    35 to 47 mins

  • Prep Time

    30 mins

Serves 8 to 10
Marinating Time
2 to 4 h
Grilling Time
35 to 47 mins
Prep Time
30 mins

the Ingredients

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  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • ⅔ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves and tender stems
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1½ tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 boneless leg of lamb, about 5 pounds, butterflied and trimmed of excess fat

Special Equipment

  • instant-read thermometer


  • 01 Combine the butter ingredients. Set aside.
  • 02 Whisk the marinade ingredients. Reserve and set aside one-half of the marinade to use for basting the lamb on the grill. Pour the remaining marinade into a large, resealable plastic bag. Place the lamb inside the bag, press out the air, and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, place in a bowl, and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours, turning occasionally. Remove the lamb from the bag and discard the marinade. Allow the lamb to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before grilling.
  • 03 Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).
  • 04 Grill the lamb, fat side down, over direct heat, with the lid closed, until nicely marked, 10 to 12 minutes. Turn the lamb over and grill for 5 minutes more, basting the lamb with the reserved marinade. Then move the lamb over indirect medium heat and grill, fat side up, with the lid closed, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the lamb registers 125° to 130°F for medium rare, 20 to 30 minutes more, basting occasionally with the reserved marinade. Remove from the grill and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • 05 Cut the lamb across the grain into thin slices. In a small saucepan over low heat on the stove, melt the herb butter. Drizzle the butter over the lamb. Serve right away.

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