Rack of Lamb with a Herb Crust

  • Easy

Rustle up this tasty roast lamb for a warming meal in autumn and winter.

Rack of lamb with a herb crust recipe

A lone rack of lamb is a good joint for 2–3 people (although don’t expect leftovers), and also one that is nice cold.

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This herb crusted rack of lamb recipe makes a perfect Sunday lunch, especially in the chilly autumn months



Serves 2-3

  • Rack of lamb 1, trimmed
  • Fresh rosemary 1 sprig
  • Fresh white breadcrumbs 30g (1oz)
  • Chopped parsley 2 tbsp
  • Chopped basil 1 tbsp
  • Garlic clove 1, peeled and crushed
  • Salt ½ tsp


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas mark 4.


  • Step 2

    Remove the parchment-like skin covering the meat (a thin layer of fat should remain) and scrape the bones clean if the butcher hasn’t done this for you. Put the lamb, bones down, in a small roasting tin or ovenproof dish, tucking the rosemary underneath.

  • Step 3

    Roast for 30–40 minutes, depending on the size of the rack.

    While the lamb cooks, mix the breadcrumbs, parsley, basil, garlic and salt. After the initial roasting, remove the meat from the oven and turn up the heat to 200°C, 400°F, Gas mark 6. Carefully spread the breadcrumb and herb mixture over the fat layer, pressing it down well. Roast for another 10 minutes.

This roast does not produce any gravy worth speaking of, so if you wish to serve it hot, good accompaniments are those which add moisture, such as Boulangère Potatoes or a dish of baked tomatoes.

Recipe from Roasts by Laura Mason, published by National Trust books, RRP £16.99.