Few things on planet earth can rival the succulent flavour of a perfectly cooked lamb joint – go on, we’ll wait – but are you aware of the wonderful herbs and spices that can complement lamb to take your cooking to the next level?
Fear not, our lamb-loving friends! Don’t waste your thyme looking elsewhere, we’ve got the lowdown on the best herbs that go with lamb, so even the most basic of home cooks can produce a meal fit for a king (or queen).
So, whether you’re roasting, frying, stewing, baking or barbecuing, read on to discover how the strong – yet subtle – flavour of lamb will pair with all sorts of herbs and spices, each one giving your recipe a completely different feel.
When anyone thinks of a herb to pair with lamb, the first thing that might well spring to mind is rosemary – and there’s a good reason for that – with its woody aroma complementing many a lamb classic. Flying the flag, however, is the most classic of them all: Roast Leg of Lamb, which is given a new lease of life in this recipe that fuses traditional garlic and rosemary with honey and mustard.
If you’re cooking for friends and family and want to assure them that your life is in check, our grown-up Braised Lamb Shanks with Red Wine, Garlic and Rosemary is rich, hearty and perfect for small dinner parties! Also, because the do-something part of these lamb shanks takes ten minutes, the eating part is more than worth the wait. In the warmer months, another revolutionary use for rosemary is to strip the leaves off the stalk and use these in place of skewers for kebabs or lamb kofta. Thank us later.
Another certified classic is mint. A jar of pungent mint sauce is a staple on any dinner table for a Sunday Roast, however, the flavour can be toned down by using mint in its fresh form, which is a welcome addition to summery lamb dishes and salads.
For a true taste of summer, look no further than our Lamb Burgers with Mint Yogurt and Tomato Relish, or our melt-in-your-mouth Lamb Skewers Aubergine Caviar and Yogurt and Mint sauce – both of which are a welcome addition to any BBQ! For a fresh, al fresco salad, enjoy a feast for the senses, with the host of fragrant herbs and spices in our Moroccan-Style Lamb Salad.
One of our favourite herbs to pair with lamb is much-loved in the Mediterranean, bringing back memories of summer holidays spent on the Greek Islands! Introducing oregano, with its earthy, aromatic flavour that works in harmony with lamb to teleport your taste buds to sun-kissed tavernas.
Lamb is one of the most popular meats in Greek Cuisine, so it’s unsurprising that the winning combination of lamb and oregano is found on many a menu in the Mediterranean. But closer to home, you can recreate this classic flavour pairing from your own kitchen with a simple jar of oregano and a premium lamb chop or tender leg of lamb.
Harissa is probably no stranger to your kitchen. But this punch-packing chilli pepper paste has arguably been overshadowed by other assorted spices in recent years, until now. So, don your best apron and book a hot date with harissa, courtesy of our Butterflied Harissa Shoulder of Lamb or our Lamb Meatballs with Harissa and Pecorino!
Fall in Love with Lamb
So there you have it, folks. Our guide to the best herbs and spices to pair with lamb! But be aware, there are many different herbs that will work with lamb, so get creative in the kitchen and check out our awesome collection of lamb recipes, which have been created by people like you, for people like you to cook at home.