Mom’s Famous Rack of Lamb

  • PREP 10 minutes
  • COOK TIME 30 minutes
  • SERVES 2-3
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Functional Foods Highlight

Growing up, when a rack of lamb was on the table, it almost always meant that we were celebrating something. Birthdays, holidays, graduations, you name it, this dish made an appearance. For a recipe that takes hardly any work, it tastes luxurious and makes any dinner feel fancy and special (at least until everyone starts eating with their hands right off the bone!). It’s best served medium rare and paired with any roasted vegetable or sautéed green. Oh, and don’t forget the mint jelly! 

Food Farmacy

  • 1 rack of lamb
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 Tbl. good olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 450 °F

2.  Insert sliced garlic into the meat side of the rack, using a sharp knife to make pockets in the meat

3. Season with salt and pepper on both sides

4. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat

5. Sear meat side down for 2 minutes, flip and sear for 4 more minutes

6. Place rack, bone side down, in a roasting pan; lay springs of rosemary on top of meat

7. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature reads 130 °F (for medium rare)

8. Remove rack from oven and roasting pan; tent with foil and rest for 5-10 minutes

9. Serve with your favorite mint jelly

From the Chef:

Looking for a mint jelly alternative, try making a quick mint chimichurri. In a blender add 1 cup fresh mint, 1 cup fresh parsley, one clove garlic, 2 Tbls red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and 6 Tbls olive oil. Blend all together and voila!

From the Doctor:

Lamb is a great source of zinc. To learn more about zinc, click here to read my article “Why is Zinc so Important and How to get More of it”