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Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb

Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 Serves 4.
Part of the rib section, a rack of lamb typically includes 8 chops and boasts rich, tender meat. For the best flavor, roast the lamb using high heat just until it is medium-rare.


  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs. crushed dried rosemary
  • 1 Tbs. crushed dried thyme
  • 1⁄4 cup plus 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 racks of lamb, Frenched
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges


In a small bowl, stir together the lemon zest, garlic, rosemary, thyme and the 1/4 cup olive oil. Spread the mixture evenly over the racks of lamb, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

Preheat an oven to 400ºF.

Season the racks of lamb with salt and pepper. In a large ovenproof sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm the 2 Tbs. oil. Add the lamb and cook until browned on both sides, about 7 minutes total. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook until the lamb is well browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the racks, away from the bone, registers 130ºF for medium-rare, about 15 minutes, or until done to your liking.

Transfer the racks to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Carve into individual chops and serve the lemon wedges alongside.

Serves 4.
Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.