Slow-Roasted American Lamb Shawarma


June 23, 2022

Recipe provided by Slow-Roasted Lamb Shawarma | Feasting At Home, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (Slow-Roasted American Lamb Shawarma | American Lamb).


3 lbs Leg of American lamb, boneless

1 large Onion, sliced into thick 1/2in slices

1 cup Water

Shawarma Marinade

8 cloves Garlic, whole

1 Shallot, quartered

6 tbsp Olive oil

2 tbsp Ground cumin

2 tbsp Ground coriander

1 tbsp Sumac

1 tbsp Paprika

1 tsp Allspice

1 tsp Ground ginger

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Cardamom

2 1/2 tsp Kosher salt


1Preheat oven to 350 F ( Plan on full 4 1/2 hours baking time, but check at 3 ½ hours).

2Place marinade ingredients in a food processor and pulse into a paste, scraping down sides to incorporate well.

3Place onion slices in the bottom of a Dutch oven or cast iron skillet to create a base for the lamb.

4Pat the lamb dry and coat all sides really really well with the paste, including the inside where the bone was removed. Roll it back up and place it on the bed of slice onion, seam side down, fatty side up. Let this marinate on the counter until the oven is hot, or up to 2 hours. You could also wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate 24 hours.

5Pour 1 cup water into the dutch oven or skillet ( to the side of the lamb) and cover with a heavy lid or foil and place in the oven for 2 ½ hours. Uncover the roast to let the top get golden, and continue cooking 1 hour. Check the roast. If the pan seems dry, add another ½ cup water. If the crust seems like its getting too dark, cover lightly with foil. Continue cooking until the lamb pulls apart easily with tongs or two forks. Possibly another hour. If it’s still feeling tough, continue cooking until it is tender, checking every 30 minutes, making sure to top is not burning or that is out of liquid in the bottom.

6Let stand a few minutes before serving.