If lamb intimidates you to the point that you never try cooking it, you’re missing out on some seriously delicious dishes. It’s a super versatile protein that pairs just as beautifully with Middle Eastern spices and Mediterranean sides as it does mashed potatoes and mint jelly. Whether you’re grilling it for kebabs, molding it into burger patties or crafting a killer gyro, these 40 lamb recipes will solidify the protein’s spot in your dinner rotation.
40 Lamb Recipes to Whip Up All Year Round, from Gyros to Pasta Bolognese
2. Baked Coconut Curry Meatballs
Lamb curry may sound complicated and time consuming, but it’ll actually only take you 45 minutes from start to finish. Plus, baking meatballs instead of pan-frying helps them maintain their moisture (and it’s more hands-off to boot).
10. Slow-cooked Lamb Shanks In Red Wine Sauce
The ingredients are so simple, but don’t let that dissuade you: The magic of this main relies on its long cook time, which ensures that the lamb turns out fall-apart tender.
11. Australian Lamb Meatballs With Buttery Lemon Orzo And Tzatziki Sauce
Savory, herbaceous lamb meat and cool, tangy yogurt sauce are basically the Mediterranean PB&J. The tender garlic butter orzo is just gravy.
16. Slowly Braised Lamb Ragu
The recipe leans on curly pappardelle to be the star, but the flavorful ragu would taste just as heavenly over gnocchi or polenta.
17. Rogan Josh (indian Lamb Curry)
Trust us: You won’t want to miss out on a single drop of sauce. So, serve the curry over a bed of basmati rice with a side of warm naan to mop your plate clean.
21. Slow-cooker Rosemary And Garlic Balsamic Lamb Sandwiches
Crisp, peppery arugula and crumbled feta cheese are just the match for sweet balsamic glaze and tender lamb shoulder.
24. Braised Lamb Shanks With Vegetables
With low-and-slow recipes like this, it can be hard to tell when the meat is cooked through. Our tip? Once the liquid is reduced to about one-third of its original amount, the lamb is ready to devour.
33. Slow-cooked Moroccan Leg Of Lamb
The meat is bold and flavorful on its own since it’s marinated in a ton of spices. But we’re still eager to slather it in a thick layer of harissa-lime crème fraîche.
38. Mongolian Lamb
Sure, you’ve had its beefy cousin. But this sizzling lamb dish is way more impressive (and equally as tasty) thanks to Chinese five spice, sambal oelek and hoisin sauce.
39. Garlic And Anchovy Roasted Lamb Chops
We’ll say it again for the people in the back: You should always have tinned fish on hand. This salty, oily anchovies are absolutely loaded with umami-rich flavor, so they’re a great secret weapon to have for dressings, sauces and marinades.