Top Your Roast Lamb With This Delicious Mint Jelly Sauce

New Zealand lamb with baked onions
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  • Total: 12 mins
  • Prep: 7 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups (12 servings)

Like the marriage of roast turkey with cranberry sauce, roast lamb pairs beautifully with its own condiment—mint jelly. The origin of this match seems to be unknown, but lamb and mint have been side by side for centuries. Perhaps it is the combination of lamb's gamy and earthy tastes with the brightness and freshness of the mint that makes the duo so appealing, or that when farm-to-table was a standard way of eating, the herb grew plentifully next to where the livestock roamed.

This flavorful mint sauce recipe for lamb is easy to prepare and uses ready-made mint jelly as a base. Whip it up in a snap for your next roast dinner!


  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 jar (8 to 10 ounces) mint jelly
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice​

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine sugar, water, and vinegar in a saucepan over medium-low heat; simmer for 5 minutes.

  2. Add mint jelly and whisk until well blended.

  3. Stir in chopped mint and lemon juice. Serve alongside the lamb recipe of your choice.

Other Mint Sauce and Lamb Recipes

Whether you have an abundance of mint in your garden or prefer to try a sauce without the store-bought jelly, you may enjoy recipes for a fresh mint sauce. This mint sauce recipe is a bit tangy, including white wine vinegar, sugar, and mint. Or you can try a traditional British version that calls for boiling water which tones down the tang a bit.  

And, of course, once you have the mint sauce you will need plenty of lamb recipes! A marinated and grilled butterflied leg of lamb is always a welcome dish during the holidays or summertime, and a roasted leg of lamb tinged with garlic and herbs is the perfect accompaniment to the vibrant green condiment. Lamb chops should not be forgotten, and this grilled Moroccan lamb chop is first marinated in Moroccan spices, garlic, lemon juice, and mint before being grilled to perfection. Or try lamb chops with rosemary, red wine vinegar, and garlic—mild but flavorful, just waiting for a fresh mint sauce.