Recipe: Roast Lamb from Three Blue Ducks’ Darren Robertson

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Roast Lamb from Three Blue Ducks

With venues based in Sydney, Byron and Brisbane, the Three Blue Ducks are known for their passion in sourcing seasonal and local farmed produce. Here we’ve sourced a recipe from Chef Darren Robertson who shares how to make his signature Australian roasted lamb. Capturing the essence of autumn with comforting colours and ingredients such as butternut pumpkin, sweet potatoes and flavours of smoked paprika, it’s a clear winner for family dinner and a perfect meal for a Sunday roast. The recipe serves up to 4 people.

Ingredients – Lamb

  • 1 x 1.5kg lamb leg (room temp)
  • 3 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 half small butternut pumpkin
  • 1 sweet potato peeled and roughly chopped (Replace veggies and herbs with whatever you have available).
  • Pinch smoked paprika
  • 2 handfuls of mixed herbs (bay leaves, rosemary, oregano, parsley all work well) – leave some aside some for the dressing Zest of 1 lemon
  • I tsp honey

Ingredients – Yoghurt Dressing

  • 1 tsp of the remaining lamb marinade mix 1 tbsp chopped roasted pepita
  • 6 tbsp yogurt

Ingredients – Watermelon, Tomato and Radish Salad

  • A 100g piece of water melon (peeled)
  • Half a lime
  • 1 handful picked coriander leaves
  • 1 handful picked mint leaves
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber peeled 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Half a jalapeno chili (if desired) 6 baby red radishes (washed) 1 vine of tomatoes

Method – Lamb

  1. Preheat oven to 200 °C
  2. Chop the herbs and mix with the garlic, lemon zest, olive oil, paprika and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Pop the lamb, pumpkin and sweet potato in a roasting tray (bring the lamb up to room temperature to allow for an even cook).
  4. Gently pierce the fat of the lamb leg then cover in the marinade (it’s important to pierce the lamb to let the marinade do its magic).
  5. Dress the pumpkin and sweet potato with the same marinade and drizzle a little honey over the pumpkin. Leave a tsp of the marinade for the yogurt sauce.
  6. Cook the lamb for 1 hour 15 mins for medium rare or 1 hour 30 mins for medium.
  7. Remove lamb, pumpkin and sweet potato from the oven, take out of the tray and rest the lamb for 20 minutes.

Method – Yoghurt Dressing

  1. Deglaze the tray with the yogurt and leftover marinade mix, season with a little lemon juice, add pepitas and pour into a bowl.

Method – Watermelon, Tomato and Radish Salad

  1. For the salad, wash the radishes and cut them into quarters, dice the
    watermelon, chop the cucumber into irregular shapes and remove the eye from the tomato and roughly dice.
  2.  If you like heat, then add very thinly sliced jalapenos.
  3. Mix all ingredients into a good size bowl, season with a little salt, pepper, lime juice and olive oil.
  4. Add the herbs, toss and serve.

Method – Serving

1. Carve the lamb against the grain. Serve up with veggies, yogurt sauce and salad.

Use up your leftover lamb in sandwiches with mustard and pickles or toss through a beetroot rocket and hazelnut salad. For more leftover lamb recipe ideas visit

Danica Jones

Writer for the AU Review, a lover of books, poetry, good food, travel and adventure. Follow her personal instagram @danicaarajones or her poetry instagram @danicajoneswrites

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