Greek Easter is a festive time when family and friends come together and celebrate. It is a time when traditional Greek dishes are served in abundance, and lamb is at the center of most Easter meals. Lamb is a symbol of sacrifice and is a popular food item during this holiday, with many dishes using various parts of the lamb. One of the most popular dishes is Magiritsa, which is a lamb soup made with avgolemono (egg-lemon) sauce, dill, and romaine lettuce.

Traditionally, Magiritsa is made with the intestines of the lamb. However, for those who are not fond of this ingredient, regular lamb meat can be used as a substitute. The broth is made by boiling lamb meat with onions, garlic, celery, and carrots until the meat is tender. Once the meat is cooked, the broth is strained, and the lamb meat is shredded and set aside.

greek easter lamb soup

To make the avgolemono sauce, eggs are beaten with lemon juice until they are frothy. The mixture is then slowly added to the hot broth while continuously stirring to prevent the eggs from curdling. Once the sauce is added, the soup is brought to a boil and then simmered for a few more minutes. Finally, chopped dill, romaine lettuce, and a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil are added to the soup.

Magiritsa is traditionally served on Holy Saturday after the midnight church service. It is the first meat dish that is eaten after the 40-day lent, with the spit-roasted lamb coming the next day. The soup is a reminder of the sacrifices made during Lent.

Apart from Magiritsa, there are several other dishes that are traditionally served on Easter in Greece. One of the most popular dishes is lamb on the spit, which is a whole lamb that is skewered and roasted over an open flame. The lamb is seasoned with garlic, lemon, oregano, and olive oil and is cooked until the meat is tender and juicy.

Baked potatoes with lemon and herbs are another popular side dish that is served with Easter lamb. The potatoes are baked with lemon juice, olive oil, and a variety of herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and oregano.

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Cheese pies and meat pies made with lamb or goat meat, cheese, and mint are also popular Easter dishes. Kokoretsi, which is lamb liver with herbs wrapped with intestines and grilled on the spit, is a delicacy that is enjoyed by many Greeks during Easter.

Tzatziki, a yogurt-based dip made with garlic, cucumbers, and dill, is another staple of Greek cuisine and is often served as a side dish during Easter. Lamb chops on the grill, lamb stomach cut in pieces wrapped with intestines and dill, and legs of lamb in egg and lemon sauce are other popular lamb dishes that are served during Easter.

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In addition to the savory dishes, Greeks also enjoy a variety of salads during Easter. Romaine lettuce salad with dill, green onions, olive oil, and vinegar is a simple yet delicious salad that is often served as a side dish.

Overall, Easter in Greece is a time for feasting and celebrating with family and friends. From Magiritsa to lamb on the spit, the traditional dishes served during this holiday are a testament to the rich history and culture of Greek cuisine.







Mediterranean Diet: greek easter lamb soup

Greek Easter Lamb Soup with Egg Lemon Sauce

Koula Barydakis
4.59 from 12 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 8
Calories 326 kcal


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 pounds lamb, bone in
  • 10 green onions, chopped
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 bunches dill, chopped
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped very thin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 lemon juice
  • 3 eggs


  • Trim the lamb of most of the fat. Cut lamb into bite-sized pieces. If the bone is too thick to cut through, cut all the meat off, but save the bone.
  • Add olive oil to a large pot on medium heat. Add lamb and bone(s) and saute for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add green onions and saute for another 3 minutes.
  • Add 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then immediately lower to a simmer. Simmer covered for 30 minutes.
  • Add lettuce, dill, salt, and pepper. Simmer for one hour.
  • In a bowl, whisk together eggs and lemon juice.
  • While whisking, ladle 2 ladlefuls of broth from the soup very slowly into the egg-lemon mixture. Make sure to keep whisking the whole time. You're trying to bring the temperature of the eggs up.
  • Turn off the stove and remove the pot from the heat. Pour in the egg-lemon sauce and stir the soup immediately.
  • It is important to not cover the soup, as the eggs may solidify.


Calories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 27gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 117mgPotassium: 584mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 7074IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 4mg
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About the Author: Koula Barydakis
Koula Barydakis was born into a long tradition of eating and living Mediterranean on the Greek island of Crete. She is a chef who has worked in many of the top restaurants in Crete and in Greek Town in Toronto, Canada. Koula is the co-author of “Foods of Crete, Traditional Recipes of the Healthiest People in the World” and is currently completing her second cookbook. Koula teaches cooking classes to tourists in Crete and has been hired to teach classes in other countries as well.


  1. Diana Reynolds April 5, 2023 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    My family does not like lamb. Is it possible to make with another meat? Lamb is also hard to find on Maui especially on the bone.

    • Winter LeBlanc April 5, 2023 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      I would try Stew Beef or Boneless Chicken Thighs.

  2. Louise April 5, 2023 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Do you think that I can freeze this, or would I leave out the lettuce till reheated through. We love soups for winter.
    But time poor, so I cook on one day, freeze soup and take out when needed.

    • Winter LeBlanc April 5, 2023 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      I believe you can!

  3. Kelly April 23, 2022 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Wonderful Greek Easter soup. Please don’t alter it as it defeats the purpose. It’s part of Greek culture to have this after midnight mass, crack the colored eggs and have also some of the homemade tsoureki. Tradition has it after eating and drinking everything gets left on the table as is. Absolutely no doing dishes or cleaning up. It’s done the next morning. So alter any other soup but this soup.

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. April 26, 2022 at 11:39 am - Reply

      We will not alter! Thanks for the comment!

  4. Lily March 6, 2022 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Wonderful recipe. I made a few modifications based on ingredients I had at home such as using parsley instead of dill, white cabbage and a handful of spinach instead of lettuce. The instructions for adding the eggs was spot on. Thank you!

  5. Alex August 19, 2019 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    I have made this soup and it is absolutely delicious – I think it’s my favourite soup! I might be making it for an after-church meal and I am wondering if you knew how many servings this recipe yields – I need to know if I should be doubling it. Thanks!

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. August 20, 2019 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      It should serve at least 10 people. Glad you liked it!

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