Mustard-Crusted Lamb


Suzanne Goin (an F&W Best New Chef 1999) is beloved in Los Angeles for Lucques and AOC. She'll expand her reach at the upcoming Tavern in Brentwood, which will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and sell house-made breads and prepared foods like this leg of lamb, which she serves with a Meyer lemon salsa.More Lamb Recipes

Mustard-Crusted Lamb
Photo: © Tina Rupp
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3/4 cup finely diced shallots

  • 1 teaspoon thyme

  • 3/4 cup dry vermouth

  • 3/4 cup Dijon mustard

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • One 5-pound boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and butterflied

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 cups bread crumbs mixed with 3 tablespoons browned butter, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley and 1 tablespoon chopped thyme


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a skillet, melt the butter. Add the shallots and thyme and cook over moderate heat for 2 minutes. Add the vermouth and reduce by half. Transfer to a bowl; whisk in the mustard, egg, tarragon and a pinch of salt and pepper.

  2. Set the lamb fat side down and season with salt and pepper. Rub one-fourth of the mustard mixture on the meat. Roll up; tie at two-inch intervals with kitchen string.

  3. Heat the oil in a roasting pan. Add the lamb and sear over high heat until browned all over, 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate and remove the strings. Rub with the remaining mustard mixture and pat the bread crumb coating all over. Roast the lamb in the roasting pan for 50 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 130° for medium-rare. Let rest for 15 minutes before carving.

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