Celebrate Spring holidays with these festive American lamb recipes!
Learn More
October 15, 2018

American Lamb Kofta Meatballs with Coconut Jasmine Rice and Sautéed Zucchini & Pistachios


Recipe Provided By
"Rustic Joyful Food"
Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

20 to 25 min

Total Time

40 to 45 min



American Lamb Kofta Meatballs with Coconut Jasmine Rice and Sauteed Zucchini & Pistachios in a bowl topped with fresh parsley


American Lamb Kofta Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground American Lamb
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Coconut Jasmine Rice

  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1-3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges 

Sautéed Zucchini & Pistachios

  • 2 medium-sized zucchinis
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 chopped cloves garlic


For the American Lamb Kofta Meatballs: In a bowl, thoroughly combine lamb, feta, bread crumbs, pistachios, mint, garlic, egg, salt and pepper; try not to over-mix. 

Roll meat mixture into bite-sized meatballs, about 1 tablespoon. Place meatballs at least 2 inches apart on a foil or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F 15 to 20 minutes. While the meatballs bake, prepare rice and zucchini. 

For the Coconut Jasmine Rice: In a pan over medium-high heat, bring rice, coconut milk, broth, salt and pepper to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook covered for 15 minutes until rice is cooked and liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle cilantro over the top of the cooked rice; fluff rice with a fork to mix the cilantro in. Serve with slices of lime.

For the Sautéed Zucchini & Pistachios: Heat a large heavy-bottom skillet over medium heat. Slice the zucchini thinly on the bias. Add oil, zucchini, pistachios, garlic, salt, and pepper to a heated skillet; sauté until pistachios are toasted and zucchini is softened and browned slightly.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

thermometer timer illustration
Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *