Fast Roasts

Roasted Whole Red Snapper

Not all roasts have to spend all day in the oven: these are ready in under 40 minutes.

01 of 07

Rack of Lamb with Mustard–Shallot Sauce

Rack of Lamb with Mustard–Shallot Sauce

Sweet and spicy mustard0shallot sauce brings depth to medium-rare, juicy lamb.

02 of 07

Roasted Quail with Cabbage and Raisins

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For something so elegant, these petite quail, stuffed with Madeira-soaked raisins and served with cabbage seasoned with caraway, are supersimple to make and full of lean protein (from the quail), antioxidants (from the raisins) and phytochemicals (from the cabbage).

03 of 07

Roasted Lobsters with Verjus and Tarragon

Roasted Lobsters with Verjus and Tarragon

Verjus, a cooking liquid pressed from unripe grapes, is a staple of classic French cooking; chefs love it today for its pleasant tang, which is much milder than vinegar. David Page uses verjus two ways here: to help baste the lobster as it roasts and to brighten a jalapeño-and-tarragon-inflected vinaigrette served over the sweet meat.

04 of 07

Paprika-Roasted Leg of Lamb

Paprika-Roasted Leg of Lamb
© John Kernick

Lamb, says chef Marcus Samuelsson, is one of Africa's most popular meats. Here, he butterflies a leg to help it cook more quickly and rubs it with paprika, ancho chile and ground cardamom—recalling the fiery Mozambique condiment piri-piri.

05 of 07

Herb-Roasted Pheasants with Endives and Horseradish Puree

Herb-Roasted Pheasants with Endives and Horseradish Puree
© Quentin Bacon

Lean pheasant roasted with an herb butter spread under the skin is delicious all by itself, but Vongerichten makes it even better by serving it with a fiery condiment of pureed fresh horseradish. He places caramelized endives on the plate too, hiding thin slices of apple between the leaves like sweet and tangy petals.

06 of 07

Herb-and-Lemon-Roasted Chicken

Herb-and-Lemon-Roasted Chicken
© Antonis Achilleos

This roast chicken is foolproof and fantastic. Plus, it's versatile enough for a weeknight dinner or weekend dinner party.

07 of 07

Roasted Whole Red Snapper

Roasted Whole Red Snapper

For one whole cleaned and scaled 3-pound red snapper.

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