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Tender Roasted Lamb in a Pocket, gluten-free

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Tender Roasted Lamb in a Pocket is my masterpiece. It requires just a handful of ingredients and a bit of love to create a dish that will have your guests singing praises. Get ready to embark on a journey of taste and aroma that will leave everyone craving for more. Let's Begin.

Tender Roasted Lamb in a Pocket, gluten-free
Tender Roasted Lamb in a Pocket, gluten-free

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Mouthwatering Marination: The lamb is bathed in a flavorful marinade of Greek oregano, thyme, garlic, and zesty lemon juice, infusing every morsel with a perfect balance of citrusy brightness and savory herbs.

Tender Perfection: Slow-roasting in a sealed pocket ensures that each piece of lamb becomes irresistibly tender, practically melting in your mouth. The result is a dish that defines the epitome of succulence.

Effortless Preparation: Despite its gourmet appeal, this recipe is remarkably straightforward. Whether you marinate the lamb in advance or cook it straight away, the process is user-friendly, making it suitable for both the seasoned chef and the home cook.

Versatility for Any Occasion: Whether you're hosting a festive gathering for 12 or preparing a cozy family dinner, this dish adapts effortlessly to various occasions.

Delightfully Shareable: Food is meant to be shared, and this recipe encourages a communal dining experience. Imagine the joy of passing around the foil packet, revealing the culinary treasure within, and sharing the delight with your loved ones.

An Instant Crowd-Pleaser: With its combination of simplicity, bold flavors, and tender texture, this roasted lamb is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Be prepared for compliments and requests for the recipe—it's that good!

Watch How to Make It

FAQs - Tender Roasted Lamb in a Pocket

Q: Can I prepare the lamb in advance? Absolutely! The lamb can be marinated ahead of time, allowing the flavors to intensify. You can refrigerate it for at least 2 hours or even overnight for a more robust taste.

Q: Can I use a different cut of lamb? While the recipe is tailored for a boneless lamb shoulder, you can experiment with other cuts. Just keep in mind that cooking times may vary, so adjust accordingly.

Q: What can I serve with this lamb dish? This succulent lamb pairs wonderfully with a variety of sides. Consider serving it with roasted vegetables, rice, baked potatoes, salad, or a fresh Greek salad to complement the Mediterranean flavors.

Q: Can I double the recipe for a larger crowd? Certainly! Simply adjust the quantities accordingly and use multiple baking dishes if needed. The method remains the same, ensuring a hassle-free preparation process.

Q: Is it necessary to refrigerate the lamb for marination? Marinating the lamb in the refrigerator helps the flavors meld, but if time is a constraint, you can cook it straight away. However, allowing the lamb to marinate enhances the overall taste.

Q: Can I use fresh herbs instead of dried ones? Yes, you can substitute fresh herbs for dried ones.

Q: How can I ensure the lamb stays moist during cooking? A: Leaving a bit of fat on the lamb shoulder helps keep it moist. Additionally, sealing the lamb in the foil and baking paper pocket locks in moisture, ensuring a juicy and tender result.

Q: Can I freeze leftovers? Certainly! Allow any leftovers to cool, then store them in an airtight container in the freezer. Thaw and reheat when you're ready to enjoy this delicious dish again.

Q: Can I use this recipe for a special occasion or holiday meal? This dish is perfect for special occasions. Its impressive presentation and rich flavors make it a standout choice for festive gatherings or holiday celebrations.

Q: How can I adjust the cooking time for a smaller portion? A: For a smaller portion, you can reduce the cooking time slightly. Half the amount of lamb would need a 2- 2.5 hour cooking time.

Tender Roasted Lamb in a Pocket, gluten-free
Tender Roasted Lamb in a Pocket, gluten-free

What to serve with this Tender Roasted Lamb?

Tender Roasted Lamb in a Pocket, gluten-free
Tender Roasted Lamb in a Pocket, gluten-free

Tender Roasted Lamb in a Pocket, gluten-free


Baking Dish 30 x 25 cm

Serves 12

Prep 10 minutes

Marinating. 2 hours+ (optional)

Cooking 3 hours




2.5 kg lamb shoulder, boneless

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 ½ tablespoons dried Greek oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

½ tablespoon white pepper

½ tablespoon paprika

½ tablespoon ground garlic

½ cup (130ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice




1.     Prepare the lamb: Place the lamb on a clean cutting board and using a sharp knife, cut away any excess fat (not all of it as this helps keep the lamb moist). Cut across, at about 8cm apart strips. Then turn the strips 90 degrees and slice into cubed pieces, approximately 7-8cm pieces.

2.     Marinate the lamb: Place the lamb pieces into a large bowl, and add the salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, paprika, garlic, and lemon juice. Combine and massage the marinade into the lamb, ensuring each piece is well coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight (if you need to, you can cook it straight away).

3.     Prepare the foil pocket: Preheat the oven to 180°C fan forced. Tear off a very large piece of foil (enough to cover the baking dish twice over) and place it into the baking dish, leaving the sides to fall over the edges. Do the same with a large piece of baking paper, of the same length. Both need to be long enough to wrap and enclose the lamb completely.

4.     Assemble the lamb pocket: Arrange the lamb pieces in rows on the baking paper and pour over any marinade left in the bowl. Fold the sides of the baking paper over the lamb, creating a packet-like envelope. Ensure it is tightly sealed and tucked in. Repeat with the foil.

5.     Bake: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven for 3 hours.

6.     Serve: Carefully open the foil packet, serve immediately, and enjoy!

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Tender Roasted Lamb in a Pocket, gluten-free
Tender Roasted Lamb in a Pocket, gluten-free

 Recipe and Photography Margaret Pahos @CreateCookShare


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