Rack of Lamb with Soy-Balsamic Marinade

Ask the butcher to french the bones and trim the fat for you.


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  • Servings: 8


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Four 8-chop racks of lamb, bones frenched, fat trimmed and scored
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

How to make this recipe

  1. In a glass or ceramic dish, combine the soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and lemon zest. Add the lamb racks, fat side down, and marinate at room temperature for 2 hours, turning once.

  2. Preheat the oven to 450°. Remove the lamb racks from the marinade and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. In each of 2 large skillets, heat 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil until shimmering. Add the racks, fat side down, and cook over moderately high heat until nicely browned, about 3 minutes; turn and sear the meaty side of the racks, about 2 minutes longer.

  3. Transfer the racks to a rimmed baking sheet, fat side up. Roast in the upper third of the oven for 15 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of each rack registers 120° to 125°(for medium rare meat). Let the lamb rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Suggested Pairing

The juicy, ripe fruit of a spicy, full-bodied New World Syrah will complement the intensity of the lamb and balance the salty-sweet notes of the marinade; it will also echo the hints of pepper in the watercress salad that follows.

Contributed By Photo © Dana Gallagher Published December 2002

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