Roasted lamb or goat is a mouthwatering and savory dish that is popular in many culinary traditions around the world. It is often prepared for festive occasions or special gatherings, as the slow roasting process enhances the natural flavors and tenderness of the meat. The succulent meat, seasoned with aromatic herbs and spices, is cooked until it reaches a golden-brown color on the outside while remaining juicy and tender on the inside. The rich flavors and enticing aroma make roasted lamb or goat a delightful centerpiece for any celebratory meal.


- 1 whole lamb or goat (approximately 20-30 pounds)

- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

- Olive oil, for drizzling

- Fresh herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, or oregano), finely chopped

- Garlic cloves, minced

- Lemon zest, grated

- Optional: Red chili flakes or paprika, for added spice

Note: The exact quantities of ingredients may vary depending on the size of the meat and personal preferences. It's always advisable to adjust the seasoning and flavors to suit your taste.


1. Preheat the oven to a moderate temperature (around 325°F or 160°C).

2. Place the lamb or goat in a roasting pan, fat side up.

3. Season the meat generously with salt and black pepper.

4. Drizzle olive oil over the meat, ensuring it is evenly coated.

5. Sprinkle the chopped herbs, minced garlic, and grated lemon zest over the surface of the meat.

6. For added spiciness, sprinkle red chili flakes or paprika over the meat, if desired.

7. Gently massage the seasoning into the meat, ensuring it penetrates all the crevices.

8. Cover the roasting pan with aluminum foil, ensuring it is tightly sealed.

9. Place the pan in the preheated oven and roast the lamb or goat for approximately 3-4 hours, depending on its size. 

  Note: It's recommended to calculate the cooking time based on the weight of the meat, allowing around 20 minutes per pound for medium doneness.

10. After the initial cooking time, remove the aluminum foil and continue roasting for another 30 minutes to allow the meat to develop a crispy exterior.

11. Check the internal temperature of the meat using a meat thermometer. For medium-rare, it should read around 145°F (63°C), while medium doneness is around 160°F (71°C).

12. Once cooked to the desired doneness, remove the roasted lamb or goat from the oven and let it rest for about 15 minutes.

13. Carve the meat into thin slices, and serve it alongside roasted vegetables, couscous, or any preferred side dishes.

14. Enjoy the succulent and flavorful roasted lamb or goat with your guests or family!

Nutrition value:

The nutritional information for roasted lamb or goat can vary based on factors such as the cut of meat, cooking method, and additional ingredients used. Here is a general overview of the approximate nutritional values for 3 ounces (85 grams) of roasted lamb or goat (without additional seasonings or ingredients):

- Calories: 250-300 calories

- Carbohydrates: 0 grams

- Protein: 20-25 grams

- Fat: 18-22 grams

- Sodium: 55-75 milligrams

Please note that these values are approximate and can vary depending on various factors. It's recommended to refer to specific nutritional information for the particular cut and preparation method of lamb or goat you are using, as well as any additional ingredients or seasonings added during the cooking process.

Note: It's important to ensure that the meat is cooked thoroughly and reaches a safe internal temperature to prevent any foodborne illnesses. Adjust the cooking time and temperature accordingly based on the specific type of meat and your desired doneness.

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