Pan Seared Lamb – Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients


Pan Seared Lamb - Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients

Pan-seared lamb with fresh basil, tender new potatoes and green pesto
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3


  • 1 whole Lamb Leg or shoulder butterflied
  • 750 g New Potatoes baby spuds
  • 250 g Frozen Peas
  • 5 sprigs Basil Fresh is best
  • 2 tablespoons Green Pesto


  • Halve any larger potatoes, then cook in a pan of boiling salted water for 15 minutes, or until tender, adding the peas to the party for the last 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, rub the lamb all over with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
  • Starting fat side down, sear the lamb in a non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat for 15 minutes, turning regularly until gnarly all over but blushing in the middle, or use your instincts to cook to your liking. For larger pieces of lamb you may need to finish it in an oven.
  • Remove to a plate to rest, then, with the frying pan on a low heat, make a liquor by stirring in a splash of water and a little red wine vinegar to pick up all those nice sticky bits, leaving it to tick away slowly until needed.
  • Drain the potatoes and peas, tip into the liquor pan, pick over most of the basil, add the pesto and toss it all well.
  • Serve with the lamb, sliced thinly, then pour over the resting juices. Pick over the remaining basil leaves, and tuck in.