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February 5, 2018

Korean Spiced Rack of American Lamb with Tzatziki and Cucumber Salad


Recipe Provided By
"Lindsey Eats LA"
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Korean Spiced Rack of American Lamb on a wooden board


  • 1 rack American Lamb


  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sliced serrano pepper
  • 1⁄4 cup ginger, sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon thinly sliced pear
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 

Pesto Sauce

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup pecorino or Romano cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Cucumber Banchan Salad

  • 3 to 4 cucumbers
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 5 Spice (1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon chile flakes)
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black and white sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar Furikake

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 2 cucumbers, very thinly sliced
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 200 grams Greek yogurt (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup chopped dill
  • 1/3 cup mint
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Hummus
  • White rice, prepared


for the Marinade: In a bowl, combine garlic, serrano pepper, ginger, pear, soy sauce, chile powder, sesame oil, vinegar, sesame seeds, paprika, pepper and salt. Heavily cover American Lamb rack with marinade; refrigerate. 

For the Pesto Sauce: In a bowl, combine garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley, cilantro, nuts, basil, oil, cheese, salt and pepper; mix well. 

For the Cucumber Banchan Salad: In a bowl, combine cucumbers, shallot, 5 Spice, Sriracha, vinegar, sesame seeds, sesame oil and Furikake; mix well. 

For the Tzatziki Sauce: In a bowl, mix together cucumbers, lemon juice, garlic, yogurt, dill, mint, salt and pepper. Set aside. 

Heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat; add a little olive oil. Once hot, sear lamb rack on both sides, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Once seared, place in oven. Cook at 400°F for 10 to 15 minutes, until cooked to a medium rare. Cook for an additional 5 minutes to cook more thoroughly. After cooked, let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. 

Slice rack into chops, top with Pesto Sauce, and serve alongside Cucumber Banchan Salad, Tzatziki Sauce, hummus and rice.

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

Korean Spiced Rack of American Lamb with Tzatziki and Cucumber Salad
Korean Spiced Rack of American Lamb with Tzatziki and Cucumber Salad
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