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Roasted Garlic Rack of Lamb

Teri & Jenny
Our Roasted Garlic Rack of Lamb is incredibly simple and delicious. The roasted garlic and herb smear takes this dish over the top in the best way possible! It makes the perfect cozy dinner for a date night in or a fancyish holiday dinner that will satisfy any guest!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course dinner, Main Course, main dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 113 kcal


  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 racks New Zealand grass-fed lamb
  • 2 tablespoons minced tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon minced thyme
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced chives
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Remove racks from refrigerator and allow them to sit out for about 30 minutes.

roasted garlic

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Place garlic cloves, 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and a small sprinkle of salt onto a piece of foil.
  • Wrap foil around garlic cloves, to create a small pouch.
  • Place pouch directly onto the center rack in the oven and roast for about 30 minutes or until garlic cloves are fork tender and lightly browned.
  • Transfer garlic cloves to a small bowl and mash into a paste with a fork.

racks of lamb

  • Increase oven temperature to 425˚F.
  • Add remaining oil, herbs, and a pinch of salt and pepper to roasted garlic paste and continue to mash together.
  • Season rack with salt and pepper, then rub paste all over each rack.
  • Place racks into a roasting pan or onto a rimmed baking sheet, fat-side up. Roast lamb for about 5 minutes, then lower temperature to 375˚F.
  • Continue to roast racks of lamb until internal temperature is 130˚F (for medium-rare), about 10-12 minutes, or 135-140˚F (for medium), about 14 to 16 minutes.
  • Remove racks from oven and loosely cover with foil for about 10 minutes, to rest.
  • Slice into individual ribs or 2 rib pieces and serve.


Calories: 113kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 4mgPotassium: 138mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 263IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mg
Keyword holiday dinner, holiday dinner ideas
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