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Roasted Rack of Lamb Recipe
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Roasted Rack of Lamb
An amazing roast rack of lamb encrusted with mustard and seasoned bread crumbs. See more
  • READY IN 40 mins

Roasted Rack of Lamb

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"I have had this recipe for a long time, and always enjoy making it. You can also do the same thing with beef or pork."

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Original recipe makes 4 Servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Move oven rack to the center position.
  2. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, garlic, rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Toss in 2 tablespoons olive oil to moisten mixture. Set aside.
  3. Season the rack all over with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large heavy oven proof skillet over high heat. Sear rack of lamb for 1 to 2 minutes on all sides. Set aside for a few minutes. Brush rack of lamb with the mustard. Roll in the bread crumb mixture until evenly coated. Cover the ends of the bones with foil to prevent charring.
  4. Arrange the rack bone side down in the skillet. Roast the lamb in preheated oven for 12 to 18 minutes, depending on the degree of doneness you want. With a meat thermometer, take a reading in the center of the meat after 10 to 12 minutes and remove the meat, or let it cook longer, to your taste. Let it rest for 5 to 7 minutes, loosely covered, before carving between the ribs.
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  • Note
  • Allow internal temperature to be 5 to 10 degrees less than you like because the meat will continue to cook while it sits. Bloody rare: 115 to 125 degrees F Rare: 125 to 130 degrees F Medium rare: 130 to 140 degrees F Medium: 140 to 150 degrees F

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 06, 2007

I used a petite rack of lamb from Costco, 8 ribs though. I agree with the many others who say the salt could be cut, but not eliminated, say by half. I let the meat rest out of the fridge for about an hour before starting the recipe, those who needed to cook the rack longer than the recipe states either have their oven too low (get it calibrated) or started with the meat too cold. Anyway, after 12 minutes in the oven it was perfectly medium rare in the middle and medium/medium well on the end cuts. It was incredibly easy as well, what more could you ask from a recipe that would impress the Queen?

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 16, 2010

The rating is for the general recipe but there are IMPORTANT NOTES FOR BEGINNERS. The recipe was delicious, but if, like me, this is the first time cooking lamb, I wanted to mention some things that I had to research after this recipe went wrong, and should be noted. Firstly, I asked my butcher for a rack of lamb to be "frenched" - after researching what this meant. That was great, but after cooking, and trying to serve, I now realize I should have asked for them to REMOVE THE CHINE BONE. It's not mentioned here, but if you don't ask the butcher to do this, you end up with a mess, like me, since even my Wustof chef's knife couldn't cut through that bone that connects each chop. Finally, the time was off. I was planning to serve roast potatoes and asparagus with the lamb. It ended up taking 20 minutes longer than this recipe said...maybe my over was off a bit, but over doubling the cooking time for medium rare? don't think so... Anyway, after 30 minutes, I had lovely medium rare lamb, and the crust was delicious...but with burned/overcooked asparagus and potatoes. I will try this recipe again as less of a novice next time, and re-comment.

May 18, 2007

Restaurant quality!! I made a few small additions as I picked up a few things from reviews and other recipes: In a fry pan, I heated up about 2 tbsn of olive oil, threw in the minced garlic and some finely chopped shallots, added a splash of balsamic vinegar, and a smaller splash of worcestershire sauce. I added italian seasoned breadcrumbs (left out the salt) and put chopped rosemary & thyme at the end. Stirred it up a bit, and set it aside. Turned out SO GOOD!

Dec 29, 2006

My oh my was this good! My guests were licking the bones! Remember when searing..DON'T TOUCH IT or MOVE IT AROUND. Everything will be much juicier! The old cast iron pan is the best to sear in and then throw in the oven. This recipe was fabulous!

Oct 15, 2006

Can I give eleventeen stars? My tweaks: I didn't use any salt (easier to add to taste than to take away). I seared the lamb in olive oil and garlic. I ALWAYS have the jarred chopped garlic on hand, so I added garlic to the dijon mustard and then diluted the dijon mustard with some of the juice from the garlic. I mixed the bread crumbs with fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and rosemary; In the oven at 350 for 45 minutes, then 400 for 15 minutes, then cut the rack into individual ribs for another 15 minutes. Cooking it slower makes it more tender and juicy. This has gotten the most raves out of anything I've made!

Oct 11, 2006

Fabulous recipe! It's very simple to put together and the results were excellent even though we used dried rosemary and granulated garlic. My husband has eaten a lot of lamb and he raved that this was the best he's ever had! For a 1.40 lb, 7-rib rack, searing + 17 minutes in the oven produced a medium-RARE roast (some deeper glossy red in the center). I strongly recommend a digital instant-read thermometer when making this recipe Also, if not working with an oven-proof skillet, have your roaster pre-heated in the oven for immediate transfer.

Mar 19, 2008

I've been making this recipe for at least 11 YEARS and not once have I ever had anyone complain. I use it on my beef tenderloin too. I have people that would never touch lamb asking when the next time I'll be making it ...give this recipe a try'll be the rave of the town!! ... I use a little bit of Thyme and also crushed rosemary only because the fresh rosemary is sometimes more difficult to eat.

Dec 21, 2003

My mother in-law and my husband both thought that they were eating at one of the finest resteraunts! The lamb took a little longer than I had anticipated and is a little bit messy, but well worth any of the trouble!!! So delicious ....!!


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  • Calories
  • 481 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 94 mg
  • 31%
  • Fat
  • 40.8 g
  • 63%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 22.2 g
  • 44%
  • Sodium
  • 1369 mg
  • 55%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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