Sheet Pan Lamb Dinner

Veggies and olives arranged on sheet pan topped with lamb - out of oven.

This Sheet Pan Lamb Dinner makes holiday entertaining easy. Lamb is roasted with potatoes, tomatoes, lemons and olives until perfectly cooked and ready to serve.

I’m all about easy recipes that can be used for entertaining. That means recipes that cook up quickly and have minimal clean up. This Sheet Pan Lamb Dinner fits those requirements perfectly.

Even though this recipe is minimal on cook time and cleanup it’s not minimal in the flavor department. We’re loading this sheet pan up with potatoes, tomatoes, olives and a perfectly seasoned boneless leg of lamb roast.

The inspiration for this recipe came from my friends Holly & Natalie at The Modern Proper. Their stunning Sheet Pan Olive Bar Chicken recipe has the genius concept behind it of using items that you’ll find at the olive bar of your supermarket. Just grab a container and pile in your favorite offerings from the olive bar:

  • Green Olives
  • Black Olives
  • Cherry Peppers
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes

Scoop up anything that sounds great to you! If you’re making this dish for Christmas, I’d highly suggest grabbing those green olives and cherry peppers to add to this beauty of a dish.

Ingredients for sheet pan lamb dinner.

You’ll also want to look for a boneless leg of lamb roast that’s about 2 ½ pounds. I’ve mentioned before how I prefer cooking with American Lamb, but just to recap, here’s why I choose it over lamb from Australia or New Zealand:  

  • By choosing American Lamb, you’re supporting local farmers and ranchers throughout the US.
  • Raising lamb in the US is a family affair with more than 80,000 family owned operations OR American Lamb is up to 10,000 miles fresher than lamb imported from Australia or NZ
  • Sheep improve pasture quality by recycling vital nutrients back into the soil, minimizing erosion and encouraging plant growth.
  • The majority of sheep in the states graze pastures for most of their lives.

How Long Does it Take to Roast a Boneless Leg of Lamb?

At 375-degrees, it will take 60-75 minutes for your lamb roast to cook. The exact time it takes for your lamb roast to cook will depend on a couple things:

  1. How well done you prefer your lamb.
  2. The size of your lamb roast.

The best way to determine if your lamb is cooked is by using a meat thermometer. For medium-rare lamb, your temperature should be 125°F to 130°F. For medium lamb, your temperature should be 130°F to 135°F.

Once your lamb is perfectly roasted, take it out of the oven, remove it to a cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes. This will ensure that the juices redistribute through the meat and don’t just run out all over the place when you go to carve it up.

You’ll also want to give those potatoes, olives and tomatoes a good toss before removing them to a serving platter.

I think that this Sheet Pan Lamb Dinner is sure to impress any holiday guests! Be sure to pair it with a glass or two of great wine. For this lamb dinner, I’d suggest pairing it with a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir.

Overhead shot of holiday dinner table.Erin next to dinner table pouring wine.

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Veggies and olives arranged on sheet pan topped with lamb - out of oven.

Sheet Pan Lamb Dinner

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lamb, lamb roast, olive bar lamb, roasted lamb
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 520 kcal

This Sheet Pan Lamb Dinner makes holiday entertaining easy. Lamb is roasted with potatoes, tomatoes, lemons and olives until perfectly cooked and ready to serve. 

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pound boneless leg of lamb roast
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 petite white potatoes halved
  • 1 red onion cut into wedges
  • 1 pound items from olive bar black & green olives, cherry peppers, sun dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, etc.
  • 1 pound campari tomatoes on the vine or grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
  2. Arrange potatoes, red onion, olive bar items, tomatoes and sliced lemon on a rimmed sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and ½ teaspoon salt. Toss to combine.
  3. Combine ½ teaspoon salt, with dijon mustard, rosemary, oregano, onion powder and black pepper. Rub this mixture over the lamb roast.
  4. Roast until an instant-read thermometer registers 125°F to 130°F for medium rare, 60 - 75 minutes, or 130°F to 135°F for medium, 75-90 minutes. Transfer the lamb to a cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving.

If you have leftover lamb, it would be great in some gyros, or try it as a topping for these Gyro Bowls with Quinoa.

Nutrition Facts
Sheet Pan Lamb Dinner
Amount Per Serving
Calories 520 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 2011mg 84%
Potassium 1270mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 6g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 7.1%
Vitamin C 92.9%
Calcium 8.8%
Iron 25.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings for Lamb:

  • Pinot Noir. Its bright acidity and earthy notes pair well with the richness of the lamb and the bright flavors of the olives and lemon.
  • Petite Sirah is another great match. With its typical flavors of plum, raspberry, blackberries, and black pepper it lends itself wonderfully to stronger flavored meats, such as lamb.

I teamed up with American Lamb to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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8 comments

  1. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life


    This meal is a stunner! I love lamb but have only cooked rack of lamb at home. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    Reply

  2. Melissa Manos


    I love everything about this: one sheet! Lamb! Local! Your table-setting and all the natural rustic touches! So pretty.

    Reply

  3. Kristina

    sheet pan meals are AWESOME – minimal simplicity at its best. your photos are gorgeous!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thank you so much Kristina!

      Reply

  4. Amanda


    I love one sheet pan dinners! And I never thought of doing something like this for a holiday meal, but that would make life so much easier

    Reply

    1. Erin

      The cleanup is definitely easy which is always appreciated at the holidays I think!

      Reply

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