Pistachio, Mint and Spice Crusted Lamb Chops

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recipe by Kamran Siddiqi http://sophisticatedgourmet.com/

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based on 2 ratings

Although the preparation for these lamb chops is rather quick and simple, you will need quite a few ingredients to make this recipe. The layers of flavor and texture are what make these lamb chops phenomenal.

Inspired by: http://www.sophisticatedgourmet.com/2011/03/pistachio-mint-spice-crusted-lamb-chops/

recipe updated Oct 8, 2019


  • Rack of lamb icon
    Rack of lamb
    6 (1200g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Lemon zest icon
    Lemon zest
    3 tsp (11g)
  • Cardamom pods icon
    Cardamom pods
  • Ground cumin icon
    Ground cumin
    1.5 tsp (3g)
  • Chili powder icon
    Chili powder
    about ½ tsp (1g)
  • Ground cinnamon icon
    Ground cinnamon
    about ½ tsp (1g)
  • Nutmeg icon
    about ¼ tsp (1g)
  • Lime juice icon
    Lime juice
    1 tbsp (15g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    1 tbsp (15ml)
  • Mint icon
    about ¾ cup (17g)
  • Pistachios icon
    about ¾ cup (82g)
  • Cilantro icon
    about ¼ cup (10g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    ¼ cup (60ml)
  • Red onion icon
    Red onion
    1 tbsp (10g)
  • Lemon icon
    1 (58g)
  • Greek yogurt icon
    Greek yogurt
    1 cup (240g)
  • Mint icon
    about ¼ cup (9g)
  • Mayonnaise icon
    3 tbsp (54g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    as needed


  • kCook icon Food processor
  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Skillet pan
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Food processor bowl
  • kCook icon Large cast iron skillet
  • kCook icon Baking sheet - 18 x 13"
  • kCook icon Medium bowl

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  1. Add rack of lamb to a clean baking sheet
  2. Rub in salt & pepper the meat
  3. Set aside
  4. Add lemon zest, cardamom pods, ground cumin, chili powder, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, lime juice and olive oil to a clean small bowl
  5. Mix together then set aside
  6. Add mint, pistachios, cilantro, olive oil, red onion and lemon zest to a clean food processor bowl
  7. Chop coarsely then set aside
  8. Add lemon, greek yogurt, mint and mayonnaise to a clean medium bowl
  9. Stir together
  10. Refrigerate in fridge
  11. Prepare meat
  12. Transfer spices to meat
  13. Rub in thoroughly
  14. Drizzle with olive oil generously
  15. Set aside - approx 10 min
  16. Pre-heat oven - 200°C
  17. Prepare a clean large cast iron skillet
  18. Heat - medium heat
  19. Transfer meat to large cast iron skillet
  20. Cook each side until browned and turn off heat - approx 2 min
  21. Spoon topping into baking sheet
  22. Cook - 5 min, 200°C
  23. Wrap with foil - approx 5 min
  24. Serve immediately
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