Time your lamb to cooked perfection

How long does it take to cook lamb? Follow this no-fail guide and dish up seriously delicious lamb – just the way you like it.

Cooking Times

ROAST LAMB COOKING TIMES

• Preheat oven or barbecue to the recommended temperature for your cut.
• Follow the recommended roast lamb cooking times for your cut's weight.
• Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer.
• Remove roast before it reaches the final temperature as it continues to cook while resting.

 

Roast lamb cooking times

Times per 500 g

(Internal temperature goal)

Lamb cut

Oven temp.

Rare

(60°C)

Medium

(65–70°C)

Well done

(75°C)

Eye of loin/backstrap, lamb round, topside roasts, mini roast, lamb rump

220°C

15–20 min

20–25 min

25–30 min

Rack of lamb, four-rib roast, crown roast

200°C

20–25 min

30–35 min

40–45 min

Loin (boned and rolled), leg or shoulder (bone in), easy-carve leg or shoulder

180°C

20–25 min

25–30 min

30–35 min

 

BARBECUE ROAST LAMB COOKING TIMES

Barbecue roast lamb cooking times

(Internal temperature goal)

Lamb Cut

Barbecue Temp

Rare

(60°C)

Medium

(65–70°C)

Well Done

(75°C)

Lamb round, topside roasts, lamb rump

200°C

20 min per 500g

25 min per 500g

30 min per 500g

Rack of lamb

200°C

20–25 min total
(regardless of weight)

30–35 min total (regardless of weight)

40–45 min total (regardless of weight)

Leg or shoulder (bone in), easy-carve leg, shoulder

180°C

25 min per 500g

30 min per 500g

35 min per 500g

 

SLOW-COOKING TIMES

Just saying the words slow-cooked lamb makes us hungry! As a general rule, we recommend simmering or slow-roasting lamb at 160–180°C for two hours.

 

Cracking lamb cuts for slow-cooking

Diced lamb forequarter, forequarter chops, shanks, Frenched shanks, neck chops, lamb topside, leg (bone in), shoulder (bone in), easy-carve (leg or shoulder bone out), boned and rolled shoulder or leg.

 

GRILLED LAMB COOKING TIMES

From chops and kebabs to ribs and steaks, we love our grilled lamb. Add a flavour twist with a delicious marinade or rub, bring lamb to room temperature then grill over medium heat. Cooking time depends on the cut – for an accurate result use a meat thermometer to test the internal temperature or try the finger method if you’re out and about.

Lamb steak is the starting point for enticing recipes like juicy kebabs, warm seasonal salads and moreish sandwiches. We recommend your steak is at least 15 mm thick. Watch our video guide: How to cook the perfect lamb steak.