February 12, 2024

Cumin and Szechuan Peppercorn American Lamb with Sesame Soy Cucumber Salad


Recipe by 

"Ni Nguyen"

Prep Time

25 min

Cook Time

35 min

Total Time

1 HR



lamb loin chops with cucumber mint salad and sweet and smoky tahini


Smashed Cucumber Sesame Salad:

1 English cucumber

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1 tablespoon Maggi seasoning

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1 tablespoons chili flakes

1/4 teaspoon sugar

American Lamb Loin Chops:

2 tablespoons cumin

2 tablespoons Szechuan peppercorn

1 tablespoon gochugaru

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoons salt

4 lamb loin chops

4 tablespoons neutral oil

2 peeled garlic cloves

2 (2-inch) pieces scallion whites

1 peeled shallot, halved lengthwise



Slice cucumber in large chunks, and smash with the back of your knife after cutting. Add salt and let sit for 10 minutes. Drain off excess liquid. Add garlic, Maggi, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, and chili flakes. 

Mix together the cumin, Szechuan peppercorns, gochugaru, sugar and salt. Sprinkle evenly over the American Lamb Chops and rub the spices into the meat. Set aside. 

Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add garlic, scallion whites and shallot and saute just until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high and sear each side of the lamb loin chops until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Baste with the aromatic oil until cooked to desired temperature, about 2 to 4 additional minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.



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

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


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