Pulled Pomegranate & Mint Lamb Roast

A beautiful mint lamb dish you will love!

  • Serves 8
  • 10 mins to prepare
  • 240 mins to cook
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Roast lamb doesn’t get much better than when it’s slowly cooked, allowing it to become beautifully tender and fall off the bone



  • 2kg Quality Mark leg of lamb
  • 1 large onion, thickly sliced


  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

To serve

  • 1 tablespoon soft butter and 1 tablespoon flour mixed to a paste
  • 1 pomegranate, seeds removed
  • ½ cup picked mint leaves, shredded


Preheat the oven to 160°C.


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.


  1. Place the onion in the base of a non-metallic or enamel roasting dish and sit lamb on top.
  2. Pour glaze over the lamb then pour 200ml water around the lamb.
  3. Cover and place in the oven to slow-cook for 31/2 hours. 
  4. Remove cover and continue cooking lamb for a further 30 minutes until the meat is almost falling off the bone.

To serve 

  1. Place lamb on a warm serving platter and cover loosely with foil and a clean tea towel. 
  2. Strain cooking juices into a saucepan and skim away any fat with a large spoon. Boil to reduce the sauce, then whisk in the thickening paste.
  3. Cook until the sauce is syrupy and taste for seasoning. If tart, add salt to balance flavour, then pour into a sauce jug.
  4. Remove cover from lamb and scatter over pomegranate seeds and fresh mint.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Serve lamb with a big bowl of barbecued or steamed summer vegetables including baby potatoes.
  •  To remove seeds from a pomegranate – roll fruit to loosen seeds, then cut in 1/2 horizontally. Hold 1/2 over a bowl, seeds facing down and tap skin firmly with the back of a spoon, squeezing gently to release seeds.
  • New Zealand Quality Mark lamb is grass-fed, which means it has a dose of omega 3, important for heart health.
  • Use a non-metallic roasting dish as this prevents the acid in the dish from reacting with the metal
  • If using a slow cooker, use the same amount of liquid and cook on low for 6-8 hours 


Find more Beef + Lamb NZ recipes on their website.

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