Food & nutrition

Crusted racks of lamb with orange, garlic and rosemary

Spring means it's time for succulent lamb. This super dish is easy to make, yet packed full of flavour.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
SmartPoints: 6 per serving, 23 per recipe


2 raw lamb racks with bone, each with 6 cutlets
75g dried breadcrumbs
finely grated zest of 1 orange
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
1 raw egg white, lightly beaten
1 pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
2 oranges
100g watercress and rocket salad bag

  • Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C/fan oven 180°C. Place the racks of lamb in a roasting tin.
  • Mix together the dried breadcrumbs, orange zest, garlic, parsley and egg white. Season with salt and pepper. Add enough warm water to make a stiff mixture. Share the mixture between the two lamb racks, packing it over the surface. Sprinkle over the rosemary. Roast for 30 minutes, covering with a sheet of foil the coating becomes too brown.
  • Meanwhile, make the salad. Mix together the red onion and vinegar, leaving it to soak for 10 minutes to soften and bring out its colour. Peel the oranges with a sharp, serrated knife to remove all the peel and pith, then slice into segments, removing all the membrane. Add to the onion with the bag of salad, tossing to combine.
  • Carve the lamb cutlets, allowing 3 per person. Serve with the salad.
  • Notes: You can buy trimmed racks of lamb from most supermarkets.