Apicius 8.6.8 – Apician Rare Lamb

hedus siue agnus crudus: oleo piper fricabis et asparges fores salum purum multo cum coriandri semen. in furnum mittis, assatum inferes.
Apicius – De re coquinaria

Rare lamb or kid
Rub with oil and pepper, and sprinkle plenty of pure salt and coriander seed all over the outside.  Put in the oven.  Serve roasted

This text and translation are taken from Sally Grainger and Christopher Grocock’s Apicius (2006).


1 kg boned lamb roast 20g coriander seed
75 mL extra virgin olive oil 5g pepper


  1. Rub the lamb liberally with the olive oil and pepper.
  2. Crush the coriander seed and press into the lamb with the salt.
  3. Roast the lamb, and baste while roasting.


Further Reading

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Grocock, Christopher and Grainger, Sally. Apicius. Totnes, 2006.

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