Rack of Lamb is an elegant option for holidays and special occasions. This delicious Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb recipe is simple yet filled with incredible flavor! The Mint Yogurt Sauce is the perfect complement to the savoriness of this dish. Try this roast rack of lamb for a beautiful Easter Dinner!
What’s in Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb?
This herb crusted rack of lamb (inspired by Gordon Ramsay’s recipe) has such a nice flavor, and it’s the herb mixture that gives it that simple yet wonderful taste. This Panko breadcrumb mixture is made up of ingredients that give it a light and savory flavor, a perfect complement to the lamb.
- Lamb: You’ll need a 2-pound (8-rib) rack of lamb that has been frenched and has the fat cap removed.
- Oil: Olive oil or grapeseed oil work best in this recipe, but you could also use avocado oil.
- Mustard: Dijon mustard provides a sharp, earthy flavor and helps the fresh herbs to stick to the lamb.
- Fresh Herbs: Basil, parsley, and thyme make up the herb crust.
- Garlic: Adds earthy flavor to the crust and the yogurt sauce.
- Butter: Melted unsalted butter helps the herbs to adhere to the lamb and coats them to keep them from burning in the oven.
- Salt: Seasons the lamb to bring out its natural gamey flavor.
- Breadcrumbs: Panko breadcrumbs are necessary for the right crunch. Do not substitute with regular breadcrumbs!
- Parmesan Cheese: Adds saltiness and a pungent flavor to the crust.
- Greek Yogurt: Forms the base of the minty sauce that perfectly complements the lamb.
- Mint: Fresh mint is necessary for the right balance of flavor to offset the gaminess of the lamb.
- Black Pepper: Adds a bit of earthy pepperiness to the sauce.
- Lemon: Fresh lemon adds brightness to the sauce. I do not recommend using bottled lemon juice.
- Cayenne Pepper: Adds a bit of heat to the sauce, but is totally optional.
Pro Tip: Feel free to switch up the herbs to better suit your personal tastes. Sage or rosemary would be delicious!
Variations on Rack of Lamb
You can easily change up this rack of lamb to suit your tastes. As suggested, you could swap some or all of the fresh herbs for the herbs of your choice, like sage, rosemary, or even mint! You can use a less potent mustard for a lighter flavor.
Try swapping the Parmesan cheese for another hard cheese, like Asiago or Pecorino Romano! And while I think the mint yogurt sauce is the perfect pairing, you could also serve this rack of lamb with balsamic glaze, browned butter, mustard cream sauce, chimichurri, or pesto.
A “frenched” rack of lamb is a method of trimming the meat. This means that some of the meat and fat is trimmed off the ends (usually about two inches), exposing the rib bones. You can see in the photos how the meat is concentrated on one end, while the other is bare. You can find lamb like this at the store or butcher, so no need to trim it yourself (although you can).
Rack of lamb is cut from the rib primal, which encompasses the ribs between the shoulder and loin. The meat here is considered the most tender and flavorful.
One rack of lamb divided into 8 chops will serve 2-3 people. Plan for 2-3 lamb chops per person.
It takes about 20-25 minutes to roast this rack of lamb.
The official “safe” internal temperature for lamb (according to the USDA) is 140-145°F, which is medium/medium-well. However, most people prefer to eat rack of lamb a bit more rare than that.
Lamb is one of those meats that is okay to serve on the rare side. Cooking it to 125-130°F will leave the insides pink (medium-rare), which is typically fine and safe to eat. However we do prefer (and recommend) cooking it to 135-145°F.
Simply cut between the ribs in smooth, single strokes to separate the rack into chops.
How to Store and Reheat Frenched Rack of Lamb
Store leftover rack of lamb in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The mint yogurt sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Reheat the lamb in a 325°F oven wrapped in aluminum foil for about 15 minutes, or until warmed through.
How to Freeze Roast Rack of Lamb
Freeze rack of lamb in an airtight container or Ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using. I do not recommend freezing the yogurt sauce.
What to Serve with Roasted Rack of Lamb
This Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb recipe is absolutely a special occasion kind of dish. Sure, you can serve it any time you like, but it’s so beautiful, so elegant, it really deserves to be saved for holidays and big feasts.
You could serve it on Christmas or Thanksgiving (a nice change from the usual turkey and ham), but it’s really perfect for one holiday in particular. Lamb is a great Easter Dinner idea, especially when accompanied by lots of vegetables, salads, and sides.
This is the kind of main dish made for feasts, so plan to make plenty of sides to go with it, like Oven Roasted Asparagus with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Garlic Herb Creamy Scalloped Potatoes, Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe, Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad, Slow Cooker Velveeta Broccoli Rice Casserole, or a Creamy Cucumber Salad.