Roasted Rack of Lamb – A Food Lover’s Kitchen

Recipe for rack of lamb cooked in oven

This roast lamb rib is much easier to make than you think and is an impressive and amazing main course.

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One of my favorite things to eat is the roast lamb ribs. When I first made this recipe, I was looking for something awesome to serve to guests at a dinner party, but after that first time, I started preparing it regularly, even for weekday dinners, because it’s so addictive!

If you haven’t tried making a rack of lamb before, you should definitely try this recipe. You’ll see how easy it is to do, and once you try the amazing dry massage, you’ll never go back.

It’s like these amazing baby ribs roasted in the oven. You might think this is going to be a difficult process, but it’s not. Try it and you will be surprised.

The only difficulty with lamb ribs is finding and buying the right thing. In most cases, you will be able to buy a French cut or a rib of trimmed lamb at the supermarket without any problems. However, sometimes it is not yet trimmed.

What is French trimmed lamb?

Lamb ribs are often trimmed in French (also known as Frenchification in the United States), this is when the rib bones are exposed by cutting the fat and meat that covers them.

It gives each rib a

kind of built-in handle and makes each rib look a bit like a lollipop when you lift


It is not necessary to trim the racks of lamb, but it makes it more elegant and somewhat easier to eat.

Preparing the


I have seen so many lamb rib recipes that require a long marinade of the lamb, often during the night. That’s just not necessary. In fact, I warn against it for this preparation. I’ll tell you why in a minute.

The lamb meat itself is so wonderfully tender and delicious that there is no reason to marinate it. So skip that step.

The only thing you need to do to prepare the lamb is to remove the thick fat cap from the meat, if the butcher left it on. You’ll know right away, if it has fat covering the top of the meat.

Cut most of that fat from the meat. At first I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to try to make that fat and keep it in the meat for flavor/juiciness, but I quickly learned that it wasn’t really viable. It takes quite some time to properly process so much fat, and you may end up overcooking the lamb if you try. So now, I recommend cutting most of it. A little remaining fat will add that flavor.

Dry rub for lamb

I highly recommend dry massage in this recipe. It adds a tremendous amount of flavor because it forms a good crust in the lamb as it cooks. Skipping the rubbing would be a great shame.

However, do not add the massage before burning the meat. Touch tends to burn when it burns, and you don’t want that. To avoid this, simply sprinkle some salt and pepper before burning, then let the rack cool slightly and add the massage just before putting in the oven.

It may seem that there is a lot of salt in this rub, but believe me, it is one of the keys to an incredible taste. I wouldn’t cut it down unless you need it or don’t like salt.

How to roast the ribs of


It is important to bring the lamb to room temperature before cooking. This will ensure that the center reaches the proper temperature without overcooking the outside. Don’t skip this step.

Trim any fat from the top of the lamb grill. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. You’ll need a baking sheet or roasting tray. Line it with aluminum foil and a wire grid. The lamb will sit on top of the rack while cooking.



lamb Seal the lamb in a hot pan on both sides. It only takes a few minutes per side to ear. You don’t have to seal the ends. The scorching first blocks the taste and begins to form a good crust. Remove it from the pan and let it cool slightly.


the rub When the

lamb has cooled enough to touch, cover the entire rack generously with the rub. I usually just have a little rubbing left over.



lamb on the wire rack, with the meat facing up. Insert a baking thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, without touching the bone. The meat thermometer is important to ensure that you reach the correct temperature without overcooking.

I prefer half rare for lamb ribs. I think that’s when the meat is at its best. For medium rare, the meat thermometer at between 125 and 130 degrees F. If you prefer medium, set it to 130 or 135.

Roast the lamb until the meat thermometer alarm sounds, about 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the desired cooking. If you don’t have an oven thermometer, check the temperature of the meat after 10 minutes and every 5 minutes after that to avoid overcooking.


it sit Letting the

meat stand after taking it out of the oven is a very important part of the process


When meat is cooked, proteins and fibers take over and release moisture. The resting time allows those fibers to relax, reabsorbing the moisture they expelled during the cooking process. If you cut your lamb right away, those juices would spill on the cutting board.

The meat will also continue to cook during this rest time, which will raise the internal temperature to a point. So remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Cut each rib with a large, very sharp knife to serve. The serving size is usually between 2 and 4 ribs, depending on your appetite.



serve it with Rack of lamb is a very versatile main course, so it can be served with almost anything you want. We love serving it with crispy roasted potatoes, roasted asparagus salad, baked potatoes twice or a simple wedge salad.

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Paint it for later! Culinary specialist with more than 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

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