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How to cook a Rack of Lamb How to cook a Rack of Lamb

How to cook a Rack of Lamb

If you’re looking to impress your guests, your other half or just yourself, then a Rack of Lamb is the way to go. A full rack has eight ribs, but is often cut in to half racks, which are enough to feed two. Traditional lamb rack recipes say the meat should be cooked rare, or medium, and often include a crust which sits on the fat-side of the cutlet. Lamb racks can be combined to create crown roasts or guards of honour, which are great if you’ve got some time on your hands. If you’re searching for something quick to cook for a mid-week meal, then a rack of lamb is a great place to start.

What can you cook with a Rack of Lamb

  • Roasted dishes
  • Pan-fried dishes
  • Barbecued dishes

Key stats - how long to cook a rack of lamb (750 grams)

 

Method Time (total) Doneness / Internal Temp
Roasting 25 mins Medium Rare - 60° C
Roasting 30 mins Well Done - 70° C
Pan-frying 13 mins Medium Rare - 60° C
Pan-frying 15 mins Well Done - 70° C
BBQ 11 mins Medium Rare - 60° C
BBQ 13 mins Well Done - 70° C

How to cook a rack of lamb

How to roast a rack of lamb

  1. Before cooking, make sure to bring your rack of lamb to room temperature, this ensures the meat cooks easily and prevents charring/undercooking.
  2. Preheat your oven to 230° C and prepare a roasting dish lined with tinfoil, large enough to fit your rack of lamb in.
  3. In the meantime, season your lamb with your chosen marinade or herb and spice mix. Less is more when it comes to a rack of lamb, so don’t be tempted to go overboard with too many big flavours – salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary is a great combination to start with.
  4. Place your rack of lamb fat-side up in your roasting dish and place it in the middle of your preheated oven.
  5. Cook at 230° C for 10 minutes, or until slightly browned on top, then turn the oven down to 150° C and cook for a further 10 minutes (rare) to 20 minutes (well done).
  6. Remove the rack of lamb from your roasting dish and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving and serving.

How to cook a rack of lamb in a frying pan

  1. Before cooking, make sure to bring your rack of lamb to room temperature, this ensures the meat cooks easily and prevents charring/undercooking.
  2. Prepare a heavy-bottomed, wide frying pan and preheat on a medium-high heat. In the meantime, season your lamb rack with your chosen herb and spice mix or marinade. If marinating, then be sure to leave it in the mixture for at least two hours before you begin cooking.
  3. Add one tablespoon of oil, or a few pumps of your cooking spray to the frying pan and add your seasoned lamb rack, fat-side down. Sear each side until brown, then reduce the pan to a medium heat and turn the lamb rack over, so it sits on its boned side. Cook for 8-10 minutes, then test the lamb for doneness.
  4. Remove your lamb rack from the pan and leave it to rest for 5 minutes before carving and serving.

How to cook a rack of lamb on a BBQ

  1. Before cooking, make sure to bring your rack of lamb to room temperature, this ensures the meat cooks easily and prevents charring/undercooking.
  2. Carve your rack of lamb in to individual cutlets (one per rib) and set aside.
  3. Marinade or season your lamb cutlets with your chosen ingredients. Simple salt and pepper is a great start, but you might want to try some light spices like cumin and paprika. If using a marinade, make sure to leave enough time for you rack of lamb to soak up the ingredients (2 hours is plenty).
  4. Prepare your barbeque and ensure that your charcoal is white and at optimum cooking heat.
  5. Using tongs, transfer your lamb rack (now cutlets) to a medium-hot spot on the barbecue and sear on each side until brown, before removing and resting.

Recipes for cooking with a rack of lamb

Rack of Lamb in Parsley Crust

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