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Butterflied Lamb with Pistachio, Orange and Mint Salsa

Butterflied Lamb with Pistachio, Orange and Mint Salsa

Butterflied Lamb with Pistachio, Orange and Mint Salsa

It certainly looks impressive, but the real beauty is how simple this butterflied lamb is to prepare. The vibrant salsa not only looks and tastes incredible but also cuts through the richness of the lamb. You can cook this dish in the oven or on the barbecue – let the weather decide!

Prep: 10 mintues (plus time to marinate)
Cook Time: 20-30 minutes
Serves: 8-10


Score fat on the lamb and place in a dish or container with a lid. Combine all marinade ingredients and pour over the lamb. Place in the fridge to marinate for at least 20 mins, or if time allows, overnight 


Preheat oven to 200℃.  In an oven-proof fry pan, heat a little olive oil, place the lamb in the pan and leave to sear for 5 mins. Turn lamb over and then place the pan in the hot oven to bake. Cook to your liking: around 20 mins will take the lamb to medium-rare.


Oil the cooking plate if necessary and heat barbecue to med-low. Place lamb on the heat to sear,  turn after 10 mins and continue to cook until cooked to your liking – depending on your appliance and preference, 20-30 mins is about right. Remove lamb from heat and let rest for 10 mins before serving.

For the salsa:

While the lamb is resting, prepare the salsa. Heat oven to 180℃, place pistachios on a roasting tray and bake for 4-5 minutes, remove from oven, cool then roughly chop.

In a bowl combine garlic, lemon zest and juice, orange zest, orange segments, chilli, mint, Italian parsley. Add the chopped pistachios and olive oil. Fold all ingredients together, season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Serve the lamb on a platter with the salsa scattered over.

Butterflied Lamb with Pistachio Salsa



1 butterflied leg of lamb

For the lamb marinade:

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 lemon, zest and juice

1 clove garlic, crushed

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp Maldon sea salt 

For the pistachio salsa:

¼ cup shelled pistachios

1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed

1 lemon, zest and juice

1 orange, zested then peeled, segmented, sliced

½ long chilli, deseeded and chopped

1 large handful Italian parsley, roughly chopped

2 Tbsp fresh mint, finely sliced

2 Tbsp olive oil

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