Moroccan Boneless Goat Leg Roast

There was an attractively nice looking piece of goat leg sitting in my freezer, looking up at me and begging for attention.

So, at any rate, I thawed it out overnight, and scratched my noodle for a good recipe.  Since goat is associated with a variety of cultural tastes around the world, there were plenty of notions to draw from.  I still wasn’t driving after the ankle issue, so I was limited to what I had at home.  (Which actually does involve a large spice selection.)

Moroccan, goat leg, harissa

I probably should have pulled the rope off for the photo shoot… oh well. (It kept the leg together fine for additional meals.)

Ultimately, I went Moroccan.  I have this tube of harissa paste in my fridge which I’d bought on a lark, and decided to use it.  (At some point I WILL make my own harissa seasoning — but I certainly didn’t have all the individual components to begin with — and, frankly, I’d never knowingly tasted harissa before — turns out I like it enough that once this tube is gone, I’ll make my own.)


Moroccan, goat leg, harissa

Boneless goat leg rubbed with spices and seasonings, ready for the oven.

Prep time:  15 minutes
Cook time:  2.5 hours for medium rare
Rest time:  15-20 minutes
Serves:  Probably works nicely for a party of six.

Moroccan Boneless Leg of Goat

  • 2.75 pounds de-boned goat leg.  (Mine was wrapped with a netting string so it wouldn’t fall apart, when I got it.)
  • 2 nice-sized cloves of garlic, peeled and slivered.
  • 1 generous tablespoon harissa paste.
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Ground pepper

Preheat that oven to 425 F.

Poke slits into the leg using a paring knife.

Insert slivers of garlic into slits, and then rub harissa all over the leg, including into those slits.  Squeeze lemon over the meatiest side of the goat, and grind the pepper over it.

Put in oven, and promptly reduce temperature to 275 F if it’s a pastured goat leg (this was) or 300 F if otherwise.   Lean meat:  low and slow.

For medium rare, allow to roast for 2.5 hours.

I was going to baste halfway through, but there were not enough juices for that.  If you wish to cook the leg much beyond 2.5 hours — you’ll need to baste with something — perhaps either olive oil or ghee, if your goat leg isn’t producing large amounts of juices on its own.  Goat is much less fatty than lamb.

Allow to rest for 15-20 minutes, then carve and serve.

Moroccan, goat leg, harissa



This meal is served up at Fiesta Friday’s  and Real Food Friday’s link party.




About goatsandgreens

The foodie me: Low/no gluten, low sugars, lots of ethnic variety of foods. Seafood, offal, veggies. Farmers' markets. Cooking from scratch, and largely local. The "future" me: I've now moved to my new home in rural western Massachusetts. I am raising chickens (for meat and for eggs) and planning for guinea fowl, Shetland sheep, and probably goats and/or alpaca. Possibly feeder pigs. Raising veggies and going solar.
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8 Responses to Moroccan Boneless Goat Leg Roast

  1. Jhuls says:

    I haven’t made my own harissa, too, but it’s on my list to try since I finished mine last month. This roast sounds fabulous with harissa. 🙂 Happy FF!

  2. Lily says:

    I’ve never had goat meat before, but you have me interested and I like the simplicity of your recipe. Thanks for sharing and happy FF!

  3. Marla says:

    I have never eaten goat before, but this recipe sounds tasty. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned!

  4. We recently tried goat not long ago vut it was new to us. I haven’t tried making my own harissa yet but love how delicious this roast looks!

  5. Goat meat gets a bad rap, but it’s unfair. I’ve had excellent goat curries. This sounds excellent as well 😋

    • Goat meat does get a bad rap, indeed. It is actually less fatty than lamb. (Although we do have a small, small shelf of goat meat for stewing in our supermarket which usually looks pretty marginal — I think they save the best stuff for people in the know…

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