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Rack of lamb on a blue dinner plate.

Dijon Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb


This Dijon herb crusted rack of lamb is an easy, crowd-pleasing, show-stopping dinner recipe! Succulent, juicy and full of flavor!


  • 1 rack of lamb with 8 chops, about 1 1/2 – 2 lbs
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Trim the majority of the fat cap off the top of the lamb, then season on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat, then sear the lamb until browned on all sides.
  3. In the meantime, combine breadcrumbs, lemon zest, mint, parsley, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Drizzle olive oil over top, then mix until breadcrumbs are thoroughly coated.
  4. Remove the lamb from the pan and set on a baking sheet. Spread the Dijon mustard over the top in an even coating, then press the breadcrumb mixture on top. Gently pat the breadcrumbs down so that they stick and form a crust.
  5. Roast on the top rack of the oven until the lamb reaches an internal temperature of 130 degrees for medium-rare. If the breadcrumbs are not browned by the time the meat is done, you can broil it until golden. Be sure to watch closely, as it can easily burn.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Carefully cut into double chops – you will lose some breadcrumbs in the process but that’s okay. Arrange on plates and top with any remaining breadcrumbs. Serve with mashed potatoes, vegetables, or other appropriate sides.

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