Cooking a rack of lamb. You will most likely cook a rack of lamb in an oven (sous-vide or air frying are other options). Typically, a rack of lamb will contain around 8 to 10 ribs and will weigh around 1 1/2 to 2 pounds. Whatever cooking method you choose we will give you cooking time and temperatures … we’ll even provide a cooking time calculator! Translation in French: carré d’agneau.
Rack of lamb
How do I cook a rack of lamb?
- Preparing a rack of lamb
- Cooking a rack of lamb in an oven (roasted) with a cooking time calculator
- Cooking a rack of lamb on a grill
- Cooking a rack of lamb sous-vide (vacuum cooked)
- Cooking a rack of lamb in an air fryer
What to serve a rack of lamb with? You can serve a rack of lamb with roasted potatoes, steamed carrots, and Brussels sprouts. Add couscous, quinoa or a sauce made with red wine, beef broth, and herbs. Mint sauce or chimichurri also pairs well with lamb.
Preparing a rack of lamb
When you buy a rack of lamb, it can be already trimmed (or frenched) or untrimmed. If it is untrimmed, you will need to remove the layer of fat that covers the meat. To do this, simply use a sharp knife to carefully cut away the fat. Most supermarkets will sell rack of lamb that has already been trimmed, which makes it much easier to prepare. Remember to get your rack of lamb out of the fridge 30 minutes to 1 hour before cooking (so that it’s nearly at room temperature) How do I know if a rack of lamb is fully cooked? It all depends on the internal temperature reached by the meat during cooking. There’s nothing to do but use a meat thermometer
- If you want your rack of lamb medium rare, the meat will be pink in the middle. The internal temperature must reach 135°F (57°C).
- If you want your rack of lamb medium, the meat will be slightly pink in the middle and browned outside. The internal temperature must reach 145°F (63°C).
- If you want your rack of lamb well done, the meat will not be prink inside: it will be browned and cooked through. The internal temperature must reach 160°F (71°C).
Cooking a rack of lamb in an oven
Roasting is perhaps the most classic way to cook a rack of lamb. To roast a rack of lamb:
1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
2. Season the lamb with salt and pepper, and any other herbs or spices that you prefer. Place the lamb in a roasting pan and roast until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
Our calculator will tell you the required cooking time given the weight of your rack of lamb and the doneness you want.
Cooking a rack of lamb on a grill
Grilling is another popular way to cook a rack of lamb.
1. Preheat your grill to high heat.
2. Season the lamb with salt and pepper, and any other herbs or spices that you prefer. Place the lamb on the grill and cook for around 10 minutes per side for medium-rare, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
Cooking a rack of lamb sous-vide
Sous-vide is a modern technique that involves cooking the lamb in a vacuum-sealed bag in a water bath. This method allows for precise temperature control and results in a tender and juicy rack of lamb.
1. Set your sous-vide machine to 135°F for medium-rare and cook the lamb for around 2 to 3 hours.
2. Once done, remove the lamb from the bag and sear it in a hot pan or on the grill for a few minutes on each side.
Cooking a rack of lamb in an air fryer
Using an air fryer is great for cooking a rack of lamb.
1. Season the rack of lamb generously (marinate if you want).
2. Preheat your air fryer at 400°F (200°C)
3. Place the rack of lamb in the air fryer basket and cook for 20 minutes, flipping sides halfway through.
A rack of lamb is a prime cut of meat that is taken from the rib section of the lamb.