2.5kg good-quality leg of lamb, butterflied (ask your butcher to do this for you), trimmed of fat
6 tbsp olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed
6 lemon thyme sprigs, leaves picked
Pared zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp Maldon sea salt flakes
½ tsp coarsely crushed black peppercorns
Chunky chips, to serve
1. Cut and open up any thicker areas of meat so that it is all about 4-5cm thick. Mix all the other ingredients (apart from the chips) together in a large shallow dish, add the lamb and coat well. Cover and marinate at room temperature for 1 hour, or chill and marinate for up to 24 hours.
2. If using a charcoal barbecue, light about 30 minutes before you want to cook. For a gas barbecue, preheat 10 minutes beforehand.
3. Lift the lamb out of the dish, let the excess oily marinade drain away, then lay on the barbecue. Cook over a direct high heat for 25-30 minutes, turning occasionally and moving away from any flare-ups, until well-coloured but pink and juicy in the middle. Test by making a cut in the thickest part and check if cooked to your liking or test by pushing in a meat thermometer – it should read 60°C. Cook for longer if you like.
4. Transfer the lamb to a board, cover and rest for 5 minutes. Carve into thick slices and serve with chunky chips.
- This marinade will work well with any type of red meat, poultry or fish. ‘Butterflied’ lamb is so-called because when the bone is removed from the leg and the meat is opened out, the shape resembles a butterfly’s wings. Cooking temperature: direct high heat.