Rack of lamb

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Rack of lamb
An intense marinade that infuses the meat deliciously and makes for a very special meal for entertaining family and friends.

For the lamb

4 garlic cloves, crushed

100g fresh mint, roughly chopped

2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

Juice of 2 lemons

4 tbsp olive oil

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

2 racks of lamb

2 tbsp rapeseed oil

Lemon wedges, for garnish

Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

Herb and caper sauce

60g capers, rinsed well

50g, fresh mint

2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

Juice from 2 lemons

2 shallots, finely minced

4 tbsp olive oil

In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, mint, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, 2 teaspoons of salt, and ½ teaspoon of pepper.

Place lamb in a large sealable bag and add marinade ingredients and refrigerate overnight.

Let lamb stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F / Gas mark 6.

Remove lamb from marinade, brush off any garlic and mint, and pat dry with paper towels gently and discard the marinade.

Season the lamb with salt and pepper.

Heat the rapeseed oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.

Add lamb and flipping it once cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Transfer the skillet to oven and cook until lamb registers 130 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, 20 to 25 minutes for medium-rare.

Make the caper-mint sauce by using a food processor to pulse the capers food until roughly chopped.

Add the mint, lemon zest and juice, shallots, and pulse until the mint is roughly chopped.

Add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream, pulsing until combined but still coarse.

Transfer to a small bowl.

Transfer the lamb to platter and coat the racks with a third of the sauce.

Let rest for 20 minutes.

Cut the lamb into chops, single or double as preferred then transfer to a serving platter.

Garnish with lemon wedges and mint sprigs and serve with remaining sauce.


Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
60 minutes

Main ingredients
Fruit, Vegetables, Lamb, Oil, Garlic, Herbs

Recipe Type
Entertaining, Family Dinners


Level of Difficulty


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