Zaatar Welsh Lamb Tacos Recipe | Healthy Diet

Zaatar Welsh Lamb Tacos Recipe

John Gregory-Smith puts a different spin on tacos with this recipe. Full of flavour, this is sure to be a real crowd-pleaser.

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Serves: 4-6  Cooking Time: 4 hours
Zaatar Welsh Lamb Tacos Recipe


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5kg whole shoulder bone of Welsh Lamb
  • 3 tbsp zaatar
  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • The juice of 2 lemons
  • 8-12 soft tacos
  • 250g Greek yogurt
  • A large handful of coriander leaves
  • 50g pomegranate seeds
  • Sea salt


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220 fan. Rub the oil all over the lamb and then encrust it with 2 tbsp of the zaatar and plenty of salt. Place into a roasting dish. Pour in 100ml of water and cover with foil. Pop the meat into the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 160. Cook for 312-4 hours or until you can pull the meat apart with two forks. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Place the lamb onto a chopping board and remove and discard the skin. Pull meat off the bone and shred with two forks. Skim the fat from the roasting juices and return the meat to the pan. Mix well and check the seasoning, adding salt to taste.
  2. Meanwhile, put the red onions into a bowl and add the lemon juice. Add a good pinch of salt and mix well. Leave to macerate for 10 minutes, mixing half way through until the onions go a beautiful light pink colour.
  3. Serve the cooked lamb at the table with the onions, tacos, yogurt, coriander, pomegranate seeds and the remaining zaatar.

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