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Honey and pistachio crusted lamb

Serves   8-10
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 1.5-2 hrs

This crowd-pleasing honey and pistachio crusted lamb leg is a sweet twist on the classic herb-crusted roast lamb, with a whole lot of flavour. Serve this impressive lamb leg with a fresh couscous salad for a moreish family meal.

Crusted lamb




  • 3 Tbsp runny honey
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard 
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup pistachios, roughly chopped 
  • 1 bone in lamb leg, room temperature (about 2kg)


  1. Preheat your oven to 190°C fan bake. In a small bowl combine the honey, half of the mustard, garlic, pistachios, salt and pepper.
  2. Place the lamb on a wire rack sitting on top of a large baking tray, then season with salt and pepper and brush with the remaining mustard. 
  3. Use your hands to press the pistachio mixture onto the lamb leg. Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 170°C and cook for a further 1 hour for medium or 1.5hrs for well done, covering with foil if the crust is caramelising too quickly. 
  4. Once cooked, cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 15 minutes. When ready, carve as desired and serve.  

Top tip:

Add a handful of fresh, roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley into the mix with the pistachios for some added brightness.