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Moroccan Style Slow Roasted Lamb with Apricot Puree

February 3, 2016 (Last Updated: July 7, 2019)

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This slow roasted lamb recipe is exactly the kind of cooking that that got me hooked in the kitchen and where Slow The Cook Down was born.  A few simple and fresh ingredients cooked slowly with love and consumed with wine. Slow roasting lamb keeps the meat succulent and allows the strong flavours to develop.

Lamb is a strong and heavy flavoured meat and the shoulder is probably my favourite cut and is perfect for slow roasting.  The sweetness of the apricots cut through the lamb beautifully and by turning up the heat towards the end of cooking gives you a super crunchy crust. The best bit about slow roasted lamb, is that it’s zero effort for maximum flavour.

Moroccan style roasted lamb on a glass plate

Give this roasted lamb a go for some stress free Sunday cooking and serve with your favourite sides, or if you are after more roasting inspiration, check out my Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Herbs

Be sure to check out these other lamb recipes

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Moroccan Lamb with apricots

Moroccan Style Slow Roasted Lamb Served With Apricot Puree

This Moroccan Lamb is slow roasted for maximum flavour.  A great roast dinner alternative
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Course: entree, Main Course
Cuisine: moroccan
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 517kcal


  • 2.2 pound lamb shoulder on the bone (1 - 1.3kg)
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 17 ounces halved apricots (500g)
  • 3.3 ounces olive oil (100ml)
  • 1 tbsp dried cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage finely chopped
  • 1.7 ounces raisins (50g)


  • Take 6 cloves of garlic and chop in half, do the same with 50g of the apricots.  Make small, but fairly deep incisions all over the lamb and pop the apricots and garlic cloves in. You want to get them right into the meat.
  • Mix together the oil, cumin seeds, salt, sage and a good pinch of cracked black pepper.
  • Lay the lamb on a large piece of cling film and pour the oil mixture of the meat.  Get your hands dirty and massage the mixture all over the lamb.  Wrap securely in cling film and pop in the fridge for 2 hours to let the flavours develop.
  • Get a glass of wine as a reward.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 160º.
  • Line a baking tray with tin foil and put in the remaining apricots, garlic cloves and the raisins. Put as many in the middle of the tray as you can, as those on the outside will burn.  Lay the lamb on top of the apricots and raisins and put in the oven for 2 1/2 hours.
  • Get some more wine - the hard work is done!
  • After 2 1/2 hours turn the oven up to 220º.  After 1 hour take the lamb out. Transfer the lamb to a plate, cover and leave to rest.
  • Spoon the apricots (not the burnt ones!) and raisins that the lamb was roasting on into a blender, along with the meat juices. Blitz until smooth then slowly reheat in a pan on a low heat.
  • Carve the meat and serve with a spoonful of the apricot puree and your other favourite sides.


Nutritional values are based on one of four servings.


Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1860mg | Potassium: 889mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2340IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 4.8mg
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