Panko and Goat Cheese Crusted Rack of Lamb on a dark blue plate on a dark blue tablecloth with two glasses of white wine in the background

Panko & Goat Cheese Crusted Rack of Lamb

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and if you want to avoid having to make reservations and dine amongst a crowd of people, how about making a fancy schmancy dinner at home, instead? With this Panko & Goat Cheese Crusted Rack of Lamb, you can achieve a classy, romantic dinner for two in less effort than you may think.

You’re going to want to start with a rack of lamb that has been frenched. Your butcher can do this for you if they aren’t already prepared that way at your local grocery store. The other components to this are pretty simple – gluten-free panko style breadcrumbs (I used Kinnikinnick) and goat cheese, along with salt, pepper, fresh thyme, and lemon. It’s typically simple ingredients like these that can make some of the best meals. Lemon brightens the dish, goat cheese gives it great flavor, and the breadcrumbs offer a wonderful crispy coating for this savory meat.

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Panko and Goat Cheese Crusted Rack of Lamb on a dark blue plate on a dark blue tablecloth with two glasses of white wine in the background
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Gluten-Free Panko & Goat Cheese Crusted Rack of Lamb

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Rest time10 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 1362kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 1 (approximately 1½ pound) rack of lamb, frenched
  • ½ cup Kinnikinnick Panko Style Breadcrumbs
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves


  • Remove rack of lamb from refrigerator 30 minutes before roasting.
  • In a medium skillet, combine 1 tablespoon of oil with the panko crumbs. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until just lightly browned (it will brown more in the oven), about 1-2 minutes. Let cool. Finely grate the zest of the lemon and cut the lemon into quarters.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • Lightly score the fat on top of the lamb rack. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Place on the prepared pan, fat-side up. Roast for 10 minutes.
  • While the lamb is roasting, put the breadcrumbs in a medium bowl, crumble in the cheese, add the thyme leaves, a pinch of both salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and the lemon zest. Stir well with a fork.
  • Remove lamb from the oven but leave the oven on. Spread the crumb and goat cheese mixture on top of the lamb, pressing it down to compact and make it adhere. Add the lemon quarters to the pan. Place the pan back in the oven and roast for another 12-17 minutes or until the crust is deeply browned and the internal temperature is between 130 and 135 degrees for medium-rare. Let the lamb rest for 8-10 minutes before carving into the ribs if desired. Serve with the roasted lemon quarters.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Panko & Goat Cheese Crusted Rack of Lamb
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1362 Calories from Fat 1044
% Daily Value*
Fat 116g178%
Saturated Fat 46g230%
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 52g
Cholesterol 215mg72%
Sodium 405mg17%
Potassium 566mg16%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 400IU8%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 99mg10%
Iron 5mg28%
* 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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Tags: Breadcrumbs Date Night Goat Cheese Kinnikinnick Lamb Lemon Thyme Valentine's Day
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