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Marion’s Ultimate Roast Lamb


For an extra-special roast, it’s hard to beat lamb. Tender, juicy and sweet, it’s a beautiful meat that elevates any family occasion. My recipe hits all the right spots and makes any day a celebration.




10 minutes


4 hours 40 minutes + marinating




2.5kg (5.5 lb) lamb leg 

3 red onions, halved 

6 rosemary sprigs, plus extra rosemary leaves to serve 

2 cups Chinese Shaoxing wine 



3 tbsp soy sauce 

1/3 cup miso paste 

1 tbsp honey 


Tomato miso sauce: 

1 x 400g (14 oz) tin whole peeled tomatoes 

1 tbsp miso paste 

2 tbsp oyster sauce 

1 tbsp white vinegar 

2 star anise 

1 tsp Chinese 5-spice (try my homemade version here) 


Step 1

Use a sharp knife to score the lamb fat. Place the onions in a roasting tray and top with the rosemary sprigs. Place the lamb on top. 

Step 2

Combine the marinade ingredients. Pour the marinade over the lamb and rub all over. Cover and allow to marinate in the fridge overnight or at least 6 hours. Remove the lamb from the fridge at least 2 hours before cooking so that it loses some of the chill. 

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F. 

Step 4

Pour the Chinese Shaoxing wine into the roasting tray. Cover the lamb with baking (parchment) paper, then cover and tightly seal with foil. Roast for 3½ hours. 

Step 5

In the meantime, combine the ingredients for the tomato miso sauce in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and use a wooden spoon to break up the tomatoes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside until the lamb is ready. 

Step 6

Remove the lamb from the oven and uncover. Turn the oven heat up to 200°C/390°F. 

Step 7

Ladle most of the cooking juices into the tomato miso sauce, saving a couple of spoonfuls of cooking juices to baste the lamb. Place the lamb back into the oven uncovered and roast for 30 minutes or until deeply browned. 

Step 8

In the meantime, place the tomato and miso sauce back on a high heat and simmer for 5 minutes to thicken slightly. If the sauce contains a lot of lamb fat, use a paper towel to soak it up or spoon it off with a ladle. Allow the lamb to rest for 20 minutes. Then carve and serve with the tomato miso sauce and a sprinkling of rosemary leaves. 




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