Slow-roast Persian lamb with pomegranate salad

Slow-roast Persian lamb with pomegranate salad

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 3 hrs, 30 mins


Serves 6
This sweet, meltingly-tender lamb makes a show-stopping dinner party dish

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal554
  • fat39g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre2g
  • protein37g
  • salt0.35g


    For the lamb

    • 4 tbsp pomegranate molasses
    • 1 tsp ground cumin



      An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

    • juice 1 lemon



      Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

    • 1 tbsp olive oil
      olive oil

      Olive oil

      ol-iv oyl

      Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 onion, roughly chopped



      Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

    • 1 shoulder of lamb, weighing about 1.6kg, lightly scored



      A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

    For the salad

    • seeds 2 pomegranates



      Now mainly grown in America, Spain, the Middle East and India, pomegranates originated in the…

    • handful flat-leaf parsley leaves



      One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

    • 100g bag watercress



      With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…

    • 1 small red onion, finely diced
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
      olive oil

      Olive oil

      ol-iv oyl

      Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

    • flatbreads, to serve


    1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. In a small bowl, mix the molasses with the cumin, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Scatter the onion over a casserole dish or a deep roasting tin. Place the lamb on top of the onions. Pour the glaze over the lamb. Rinse the bowl out with about 200ml water, then pour it around – not over – the lamb.

    2. Cover the dish with a lid or the tin with a large piece of foil. Roast the lamb, undisturbed, for 3 hrs, then remove the lid or foil and continue to roast for 30 mins to give the lamb colour. When the lamb has had its time, pour off the juices, remove as much fat as possible, then pour the juices back over the lamb.

    3. Just before serving, gently toss all the salad ingredients together. Serve the lamb with its sauce, the salad and some warmed flatbreads.

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    Retired and happy
    22nd Sep, 2019
    I followed this recipe closely but was disappointed with the results. There is no seasoning which seems strange and at end of the cooking there was a very large volume of watery cooking liquid, and watery unappetising chunks of onion. Very little flavour of the marinade ingredients. If I was to make it again I would add salt and pepper, and omit the 200ml of water.
    13th Oct, 2017
    This lamb was just so delicious. I didn't have pomegranate molasses so I used 4 tbs grenadine and actual pomegranate seeds. Cooked it for ages but made sure it was sealed into cooking foil so it stayed moist.
    21st May, 2017
    Best lamb I've ever cooked.
    stelaholder's picture
    12th Apr, 2015
    Great flavours. I put a tablespoon of honey on lamb for the last 30 mins when I uncovered it. I served it with home made houmous, Turkish tomato salad (gavurdagi salatasi), pickled onion and Maast O Khiar (yoghurt, cucumber and mint). Delicious
    africanqueen's picture
    9th Apr, 2015
    I cooked this for the family on Easter Sunday, whilst it was cooking we spent time enjoying a fabulous walk in the Cheviot hills, Northumberland. We arrived home to a wonderful aroma and as the new potatoes were cooking I made the salad, everything went down a storm. It was such a hassle free and delicious meal with a massive thumbs up from the whole family :-)
    17th Jan, 2015
    I used leg of lamb (as it's less fatty) and as I couldn't get pomegranate molasses, some black treacle and honey but it was still wonderful!
    23rd Nov, 2014
    I made this for my mums birthday. It was oh so easy and cooked to perfection per the instructions. I would suggest marinating overnight perhaps to enhance flavour.
    27th Sep, 2014
    Cooked this for dinner for friends. Absolutely delicious. Slight mix up @ butcher's meant I ended up with boned shoulder of lamb but it still worked.Served with jewelled couscous and a green salad with avocado + orange segments. Just as good reheated next day. As per previous comments do make extra as seconds will be eaten :)
    18th Sep, 2014
    I cooked this with the jewelled couscous (I added pomegranite seeds, chopped mint, parsley, pistachios and lemon juice) for my family last night and it was absolutely delicious. Would highly recommend it for dinner parties as you can make the couscous ages in advance and the prep for the lamb itself takes literally minutes. Not sure if my oven is a bit hot but I took the lid off after 2.5 hours and it was perfect. I took the lamb out and added about a cupful of boiling water to the sticky glaze as there really wasnt much moisture left, served with flatbreads, yogurt and the couscous. Delicious!
    kathryndonna's picture
    7th Sep, 2014
    Beautifully cooked, meltingly tender lamb that just fell apart. I served it with potatoes and butternut squash roasted in chilli oil and a mix of courgettes, green beans and carrot ribbons, whole almonds, pomegranate seeds and some chopped mint. I had to improvise with a sauce though as by the time the lamb was cooked the remains of the marinade were too burnt to use.


    28th Mar, 2020
    Can I do this in a slow cooker? Wwould it be at high or low and how long would I cook it for?
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    Barney Good Food
    3rd Apr, 2020
    Hi, we haven't tested this ourselves but you could use this recipe as a guide to settings and timings. Thanks
    foxy01's picture
    13th Jul, 2019
    Could you use pork instead of lamb and if so cut would I use please ?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    14th Jul, 2019
    Thanks for your question. It's not possible to switch lamb for pork without extensively amending the recipe. We'd need to re-test the recipe to give specific instructions.
    16th Nov, 2014
    Hi. Could I use this marinade with lamb chops? Also please advise a substitute for white wine vinegar? Thanks
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