pan-roasted rack of lamb recipe

Delicious Pan-Roasted Rack of Lamb

35 mins
Vadim Rachok
07.06.2024
07.06.2024
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Are you looking for the best pan-fried rack of lamb recipe? Follow these step-by-step instructions and make a restaurant dish at home. You will get a super juicy and flavorful rack of lamb in just 35 minutes. You will be delighted with the result. And most importantly, you can make this dish without any special cooking skills. Now, follow the detailed recipe instructions to make a delicious dinner!  

What is a Pan-Roasted Rack of Lamb?

A pan-roasted rack of lamb is a culinary preparation in which a prime cut of lamb, including the rib bones, is used. Typically, the rack of lamb is spiced and seared in a hot frying pan until it gets a flavorful crust on the outside, while the inside remains tender and juicy.

The flavor of a pan-seared rack of lamb is rich and savory, with a light gamy flavor characteristic of lamb. The searing process caramelizes the exterior, creating a crisp, golden-brown crust. This contrasts well with the juicy, tender interior. The seasoning, which often includes herbs such as rosemary and thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper, enhances the natural flavors of the lamb. The result is a deeply flavored and aromatic dish.

The Origin of the Dish

In many cuisines, especially in European culinary traditions, the rack of lamb is a classic cut. In the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions, where lamb has long been a staple, its preparation can be traced back. The method of pan-frying or searing meat to develop a crust while maintaining a succulent interior is a technique honed in French cuisine. Pan-roasted rack of lamb is a dish that embodies both the simplicity and sophistication of European culinary traditions. Celebrated for its rich flavor and elegant presentation, the dish has since been adopted and adapted in cuisines around the world.

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Ingredients for Pan-Roasted Rack of Lamb

  • Lamb Rack: Rack of lamb, known for its tender and tasty meat, is a star dish.
  • Thyme: Thyme is used to add an earthy, slightly minty flavor to lamb.
  • Rosemary: Rosemary is another aromatic herb that works well with lamb. 
  • Butter: Butter is a rich, creamy, and luxurious addition to any dish. 
  • Garlic: Garlic adds a pungent, savory flavor to lamb.
  • Smoked Paprika: A smoky, slightly sweet flavor is added to the lamb with smoked paprika. 
  • Coriander: Cilantro adds a warm, lemony taste to lamb. 
  • Salt: Salt is an essential part of the lamb seasoning process, as it enhances the natural flavors of the meat and other ingredients. 
  • A blend of peppers: Blending black, white, and possibly other peppers provides additional heat and complexity. 
  • Sunflower oil for frying: Sunflower oil is used for frying the lamb, as it provides a high smoke point to ensure that the lamb is evenly browned without burning. 

Pan-Roasted Rack of Lamb Recipe

  1. First, trim the ribs of excess veins and fat.  
  2. Then, marinate it with thyme, rosemary, garlic, sunflower oil, and spices. 
  3. Allow to marinate for 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Then, wrap the ribs in foil to make them nice and not burnt. 
  5. Put the frying pan on the stove, heat it up, and add the sunflower oil. 
  6. Then, sear the rack on all sides over medium heat, and add the garlic and herbs from the marinade. Cook for 5 minutes. 
  7. Add the butter, reduce the temperature, and cook the meat over low heat, constantly basting the meat with the melted butter. Cook for about 5 minutes. 
  8. Then, wrap it in foil. Let the meat rest. Cut and serve. 

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • You can add your favorite spices (cumin, oregano, chili) to the marinade.
  • You can also add kefir to the marinade, which will make the meat even more tender and flavorful. 
  • I recommend cooking the ribs medium rare. The meat will be tender and juicy.

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

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To make ahead of time: Prepare marinade and parboil potatoes up to 3 days in advance.

Freezing instructions: Wrap leftover meat in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil. Store in a freezer bag for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the refrigerator before reheating. Wrap lamb in aluminum foil and bake at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes, or just until warm.

What to Serve With Rack of Lambhow to make best pan-roasted rack of lamb

  • Roasted vegetables: A hearty and flavorful accompaniment is a medley of roasted root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, and potatoes. The caramelization from the roasting process brings out their natural sweetness and pairs well with the rich flavor of the lamb.
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes: The savory flavor of the lamb is complemented by creamy, buttery mashed potatoes infused with garlic. The smooth texture contrasts nicely with the crispy exterior of the lamb.
  • Grilled Asparagus: A fresh, slightly smoky flavor balances the richness of the lamb with lightly charred asparagus. For a simple yet delicious side dish, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Mint Sauce: Traditional mint sauce or jelly is a classic pair with lamb, offering a sweet and spicy contrast that cuts through the richness of the meat.
  • Herb Couscous: Fluffy couscous mixed with fresh herbs such as parsley, mint, and coriander makes for a light and aromatic side dish. The grains absorb the juices from the lamb, enhancing the overall flavor.
  • Braised Red Cabbage: Slow-cooked red cabbage with apple and balsamic vinegar adds a sweet, tangy element that complements the lamb’s vibrant color and flavor.
  • Caesar Salad: A refreshing and crunchy contrast to the tender lamb, a crisp Caesar salad with romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, croutons, and a tangy dressing.
  • Wine pairing: A robust red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot will enhance the flavors of the lamb and provide a full-bodied complement to the dish.
  • Polenta: Creamy polenta or grilled polenta cakes provide a soft, comforting base for lamb’s savory juices and crust.
  • Sautéed Spinach: Lightly sautéed with garlic and olive oil, spinach provides a nutritious and slightly bitter green that balances the richness of the lamb.

Lamb Racks FAQs

How Should Lamb Racks Be Cooked?

There are many ways to cook lamb racks. Because they cook so quickly, lamb racks are ideal for grilling or pan-frying. Lamb racks are also great when slow-cooked, but will also cook well in the oven.

How Do You Know When Lamb Racks Are Done?

You can use a recipe’s temperature and cooking time as a guide. But for the most exact results, use an instant-read thermometer to ensure your lamb racks are cooked to your desired doneness: 125°F (52°C) for rare, 135°F (57°C) for medium-rare, 145°F (63°C) for medium.

Delicious Pan-Roasted Rack of Lamb
Author:Vadim Rachok
A rack of lamb is topped with a herby crust before it's roasted. I have been using this recipe for a long time, and always enjoy making it. You can also do the same thing with beef or pork.
pan-roasted rack of lamb recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Servings:
2-3
The ingredients you need:
1 pc ribbon rack of lamb (8-10 bones)
1 branch thyme
1 branch rosemary
1,4 ounces (0,04 kg) butter
2-3 cloves garlic
0,04 ounces (1 g) smoked paprika
0,04 ounces (1 g) coriander
mixture of peppers
salt
sunflower oil for frying
Let’s start !
1

Trim the ribs of excess veins and fat.  

2

Marinate with thyme, rosemary, garlic, sunflower oil, and spices. 

3

Allow to marinate for 20 to 30 minutes.

4

Wrap ribs in foil to make them nice and not burnt. 

5

Put the frying pan on the stove, heat it up, and add the sunflower oil. 

6

Sear the ribs on all sides over medium heat, add the garlic and herbs from the marinade.

7

Cook for 5 minutes. 

8

Add the butter, reduce the temperature, and cook the meat over low heat, constantly basting the meat with the melted butter. Cook for about 5 minutes. 

9

Wrap in foil. Let the meat rest. Cut and serve. 

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 2-3 Calories: 2045
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g52%
Saturated Fat 13g67%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 1369mg60%
Total Carbohydrate 6g2%
Dietary Fiber 1g2%
Total Sugars 0g 
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 44mg3%
Iron 2mg12%
Potassium 308mg7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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