July 14, 2020

Thai Lamb Larb Salad


Recipe Provided By
"Feasting at Home"
Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

15 min

Total Time

30 min



thai lamb larb salad plated with serving utensils


  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar, white or rice wine
  • 1 red onion (divided, see instructions)
  • 3 garlic cloves, (rough chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons lemongrass, (finely minced)
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes, (more to taste)
  • 1 pound ground American Lamb
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cucumber, (sliced or diced)
  • 2-3 radishes, sliced (or watermelon radish)
  • 3 scallions, (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh red chili or jalapeno, finely minced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil (Thai basil works well)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4-5 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


Serve with lettuce wraps or Jasmine rice or both!

Dice half the onion (1 cup) and thinly slice 1/4 of the onion ( 1/4- 1/2 cup).

Quick Pickle the sliced onions: Place the sliced onions in a bowl, cover with 1/2 cup hot water and 2 tablespoons vinegar, place in the fridge.

Cook Lamb: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cup of diced red onion, sauté 3-4 minutes, add garlic, lemongrass and chili flakes. Sauté until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add the ground lamb, breaking it apart with a metal spatula. Season with the salt and pepper and continue cooking until all the liquid releases and evaporates about 10 minutes. Drain the fat from the lamb, using a fine-mesh strainer.

While the lamb is cooking, prep the remaining salad ingredients. Place the cucumber, radish, scallions, mint, basil, cilantro, fresh chili (optional) in a bowl. Add the lamb and the strained onions. Add the fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. Taste, adjust salt, lime and heat.

Serve with lettuce wraps and/or cooked 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

larb salad ingredients seperated in a bowl
completed thai lamb larb in a large serving dish
thermometer timer illustration
Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


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