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Pistachio-Crusted Rack of Lamb

For a change of pace from turkey or ham this Christmas, try this delicious Pistachio-Crusted Rack of Lamb recipe.

5 from 2 votes
Overhead view of Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb on a white plate on a brown wooden background
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Pistachio-Crusted Rack of Lamb

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6
Calories: 619kcal


  • 2 (1.25-pound/566-gram) lamb racks, trimmed
  • Kosher or fine sea salt , to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) refined avocado oil
  • cup (100 g) shelled pistachios
  • ½ cup (30 g) fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic , peeled
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon (1.2 g) smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.5 g) cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) Dijon mustard


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Generously season the lamb racks all over with salt and pepper. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then sear the lamb on all sides for 2-3 minutes until browned. Transfer the lamb racks to a cutting board to cool.
  • Meanwhile, combine the pistachios, parsley, garlic, lemon zest, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a food processor and pulse until well blended.
  • Spread 1 tablespoon of mustard over each lamb rack, then coat with the pistachio mixture, pressing down firmly so it adheres.
  • Place the lamb, fat side up, on a lined baking sheet and transfer it to the oven. Roast for 15-20 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 130°F for medium-rare.
  • Allow the lamb to rest for 10 minutes before carving.


Nutrition Facts
Pistachio-Crusted Rack of Lamb
Amount Per Serving
Calories 619 Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Fat 56g86%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 25g
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 137mg6%
Potassium 449mg13%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 599IU12%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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