How to Cook Rack of Lamb

by Derek Tia

This is a rendition of Anthony Bourdain's rack of lamb recipe from his Les Halles cookbook.


  • 2 Racks of lamb
  • 1 Salt and Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Cup Red wine
  • 2 Tablespoons Lamb stock
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1 Pinch of thyme leaves
  • 1 Pinch of rosemary leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Breadcrumbs
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Start with 2 racks of lamb.

    Step 2

    Salt the meat.

    Step 3

    Then pepper it.

    Step 4

    Step 5

    Pour a glass of wine on the side to enjoy while cooking.

    Step 6

    Heat up oil in a pan.

    Step 7

    Melt the butter in the pan.

    Step 8

    Sear all sides of the lamb in the delicious smelling oil and butter.

    Step 9

    Step 10

    Step 11

    Place rack in baking pan to prepare for following steps.

    Step 12

    Apply honey Dijon mustard which will form the glue for the breadcrumbs in the next step.

    Step 13

    Pour breadcrumbs onto the Dijon mustard.

    Step 14

    Pat breadcrumbs in so they stick.

    Step 15

    One of the racks is ready to be baked. Repeat these steps for the other rack.

    Step 16

    Stack both racks of lamb onto baking pan.

    Step 17

    Sprinkle thyme and rosemary onto lamb.

    Step 18

    Both racks are now ready to be baked.

    Step 19

    Put in oven and bake at 375 degrees for 17-20 minutes.

    Step 20

    Pour in red wine and mix with lamb juices in pan.

    Step 21

    Mix in lamb stock, garlic, rosemary, and thyme into wine which will form the sauce for the lamb.

    Step 22

    Simmer ingredients.

    Step 23

    Sift wine sauce to rid the garnishes.

    Step 24

    Remove baked lamb from oven and let sit for 10 minutes.

    Step 25

    The lamb is ready to be served.

    Step 26

    Cut racks 2 at a time to serve.

    Step 27

    Pour wine sauce over lamb.

    Step 28

    Serve with gratin dauphinois as a complement.

    Step 29

    Voila! Bon appetit!