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Cooking California Lamb


Cooking California Lamb


The perfect quick way to cook thick lamb chops or steaks. Preheat broiler to high. Arrange well-trimmed lamb on rack in broiling pan; place 3 to 4 inches from heat and cook 10 to 15 minutes, turning once, until medium rare (145°F) or desired doneness. Season and serve immediately.


Heat a small amount of oil in a heavy frypan or stockpot and brown stew meat or lamb shanks on all sides. Remove drippings and season as desired. Add a small amount of liquid, e.g., water, stock, or wine, etc. Cover pan tightly and simmer or, using an ovenproof pan, place in oven at 350°F and cook until lamb is fork tender. Browned lamb may also be turned into a slow cooker and cooked according to directions provided with cooker.


Place thin chops, steaks, or patties of ground lamb in a very hot, heavy frypan and sear on both sides. Then, cook, turning occasionally and removing any  drippings as they accumulate, until medium rare (145°F)  or desired doneness.


Heat small amount of oil in heavy frypan almost to smoking; add lamb and cook, turning occasionally,  until desired doneness.


Arrange roast, fat-side up on rack in roasting pan, and sprinkle with seasoning as desired. Insert meat thermometer in thickest part, being careful not to place against the bone. When thermometer registers 140°F (for medium rare) or 155°F (for medium), remove roast from oven and let stand, covered with foil and towel, in warm place for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing.


California lamb is an ideal meat for grilling with delicious results from just a little salt and pepper, or marinades, herbs or dry rubs.

Grill loin or rib chops, cut 1 to 1 1/2-inches thick, over medium hot coals about 3 to 5 minutes per side until medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F).

To grill bone-in leg of lamb, indirect heat in a covered barbecue is the preferred method. Cook about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, adding a handful of fresh charcoal about every 30 minutes, until the meat is medium rare (145°F). Remove from grill at 140°F, cover with foil and let stand 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

Grill butterflied leg of lamb, boned and flattened, over hot coals for 20 to 25 minutes per side until (140°F) for medium rare and let stand 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.