Last Updated on July 9, 2022 by Chef Mireille
These are the 21 Best Lamb Recipes for Easter – especially for those with an international palate. Although lamb may be the most traditional, their cousins mutton and goat are also often featured, depending upon the culture. I am sure from this compilation of Lamb and Mutton Recipes for Easter, there is something for every palate.
Lamb meat is the most popular of these meats in the United States, mostly due to availability. However, in recent years, goat meat has become increasingly more popular especially when you compare it side by side. Goat meat is much lower in cholesterol.
In fact, did you know there is even less cholesterol in goat than is in lamb, beef, pork or even chicken!
Mutton, though less popular in the United States, is quite common in Europe, Africa and Asia. If you live in the NYC area, you can get your mutton at Gitto Farmer’s Market in Brooklyn.
Pretty much any of these meats can be switched out in these recipes. You will just have to adjust the cooking time.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between lamb and mutton?
Lamb is actually a young sheep and the older sheep in meat form is called mutton. Goat is a completely different animal that has hair instead of fur.
Is goat meat better than lamb?
Not only does goat have less cholesterol than lamb, beef, pork or chicken, but it is also higher in protein and iron. It is also lower in saturated fats and calories.
How do cooking times vary between lamb, mutton and goat meat?
One of the side effects of the lower cholesterol content in goat, is that the meat is tougher. Goat meat is best when cooked slow and low to achieve falling off the bone tender results. However, you can speed up the cooking time by using an instant pot or pressure cooker.
Lamb is the most traditional of these meats to have during Easter meals.
For Christians, the lamb represents Jesus sacrificing himself and dying on the cross – Jesus being “the lamb of God”. Christians eat lamb to remember Jesus sacrificing himself on the cross.
The sacrificial lamb is also mentioned in the Old Testament, which is why it is also traditional for Jewish people to eat lamb for Passover.
Although there are only a few recipes with mutton detailed below, any of the lamb recipes can be made with lamb instead. It will decrease your cooking time as mutton cooks to a tender meat in far less time than lamb.
Goat meat has long been a favorite in Africa, India, Mexico and Caribbean countries. Due to its higher health value when compared to many other meats, it is becoming increasingly popular. Unfortunately, this has led to a higher price per pound.
However, if there is any time to splurge, it’s for a holiday!
Now it’s time to take a look at the recipes!
Lamb and Mutton Recipes for Easter
21 globally inspired Lamb, Mutton and Goat Recipes for Easter Dinner
Coriander Crusted Brined Roasted Lamb
Make your Easter dinner unforgettable with this succulent coriander crusted brined lamb recipe. This boneless leg of lamb paired with a bell pepper coulis results in a tender and juicy roast lamb that will be the star of the show!
Turkish Pide - How to make the Best Turkish Pizza with Lamb & Pomegranate
Pide is one of several popular street foods often referred to as Turkish pizza. These baked boats can be stuffed with a variety of fillings. This one stuffed with spiced lamb can be cut into slices and served as an appetizer.
Keftedes - Greek Meatballs with Mint Yogurt Sauce
These baked Greek meatballs are packed with fresh herbs. Although the recipe is made with more than one kind of ground meat, you can definitely make an all lamb version.
Chimichurri Lamb Chop Dinner
Find out how easy it is to make grilled lamb chops with an Argentinian inspired chimichurri sauce. Perfect for Easter dinner or just a casual weekday meal!
Lamb Kofta Bowl
This delicious bowl starts with Lamb Kofta infused with Middle Eastern spices. The meal is finished off with couscous and a fresh vibrant salad.
Whole Wheat Lahmacun - Turkish Pizza
This Turkish Pizza is complete all on its own topped with lamb and salad. You can even cook it up on the grill for a twist!
Keema Naan - Meat Stuffed Flatbread
This stuffed flatbread can be eaten on its own with chutney and yogurt/raita. Keema naan is an Indian bread stuffed with lamb for the carnivores.
Uzbeki Samsa - Cumin Scented Lamb Pastries
Samsa is basically the Uzbeki variation of the Indian samosa. This version of ground lamb stuffed in puff pastry is easy and simple as it is baked in the oven instead of being fried. Makes for a great appetizer!
Jeera Aloo Salan & Thandai
A rich cumin scented lamb and potato curry is the perfect addition to your Easter table for all the Indian food fanatics! The explosion of flavors will make them so happy!
Tamil Nadu Dinner - Chettinad Lamb Curry, Puliotharai (Tamarind Rice) & Poriyal
This Coconut Lamb Curry comes from Chettinad - a region known for their delicious meat curries. This delicious curry is meant for all the coconut lovers!
Rista Palak - Kashmiri Lamb Meatballs in Spinach Curry
A traditional dish from Kashmir, Rista Palak is a great way to include healthy spinach into your diet. This hearty curry of lamb meatballs and spinach is not only delicious but so delicious with all the Indian spices included.
Hyderabadi Lamb & Dal Curry - Daalcha Gosht
A hearty, fragrant Hyderabadi stew of lamb and lentils, perfect for a winter meal. This traditional Hyderabadi recipe is full of so much flavor. All you need is rice or paratha/naan for a complete meal!
Okra Shorba - Hyderabadi Okra & Lamb Stew
This lamb and okra shorba has a rich fragrance from the mixture of spices. It is a delicious Indian dish that is simple and the whole family will love it!
Lamb Bok Choy Noodle Stir Fry
This quick an easy stir fry comes together in just minutes with instant noodles and thinly sliced meat. A delicious one pot lamb recipe!
Reunion Island Massale Goat
This Reunion Island style goat curry is made with a freshly made curry powder/masala. Go global this Easter with this traditional Reunion Island recipe.
Sri Lankan Mutton Curry
This Sri Lakan Mutton Curry is packed with spices. The slightly sweet vanilla notes comes from the pandan leaves, which you can find at Asian markets.
Mutton Curry - Nellore Style (Andhra Pradesh)
If you love spicy food, you are going to love this Mutton Curry. This traditional recipes comes from Andhra Pradesh, known to be the spiciest of all regional cuisines in India. Of course, you can always adjust the spice level to your own palate.
How to Make Traditional Stove Top Goat Birria Consome
Traditional Birria is actually made with goat. This version is made just how they make it in Jalisco, where the dish originates from.
Mexican Goat Stew
This chipotle stew is so hearty with both goat and beans. It's very filling and packed with protein and flavor.
Harissa Lamb Rolls
Delicious lamb rolls are infused with Moroccan spices.. These harissa lamb pastries make for an easy dinner party option that will impress guests and family alike.
Best Irish Lamb Stew With Guinness - How To Make Traditional Irish Stew
This hearty, comforting Irish lamb stew is made with Guinness and rosemary and other herbs for a delicious, traditional stew.
I definitely have this pinned. We love both lamb and mutton where I’m from. I can’t wait to make some of these amazing recipes- especially the chimichurri lamb chops.
yes the chimichurri lamb is definitely one of my favorites on this list
great round up recipes