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Best cuts for grilled lamb recipes

Lamb cutlets are a favourite to grill. The high heat and short cooking time suits them well.

Texmex cutlets with guacamole

Lamb cutlets with a medley of vegetables

Lamb round or topside leg steaks are very versatile, they are an ideal lamb cut to grill.

Lamb steak sandwich

Lamb, tomato and avocado open sandwich

Lamb loin chops are prized for their eyepiece of sweet tender meat. The best ones are thick and juicy. Lamb chump chops are also great for grilling. They offer good flavour and good value. They can be interchanged with loin chops in grill recipes.

Char-grilled lamb chops with pumpkin and pea frittata

Lamb chops with feta, tomato and asparagus

Buying tips for grilled lamb recipes

  1. Not sure which cut to choose? Check out How to match red meat cuts with best cooking methods
  2. Ask the butcher to trim any excess fat from the lamb

Tips & Techniques

Before you begin

  1. Instead of oiling the grill it’s better to oil the lamb. Either brush the lamb lightly or spray a little oil on to it.
  2. Season the lamb with salt just before cooking, so it won’t have time to draw juices from the meat.

How to grill perfectly

  1. Preheat the grill pan or plate to hot before adding the lamb.
  2. To keep the lamb moist and juicy, turn it once only. Cook one side until the first sign of moisture appears on the upper side, then turn to cook the other side.
  3. Rather than timing, test the lamb for ‘doneness’ with tongs. Use the blunt end to prod the meat in the thickest part. With practice, you can judge the meats readiness by touch. Rare is soft, well done is very firm.
  4. Remove the lamb  from heat, loosely cover with foil and rest for 2 minutes to allow the meat fibres to relax and reabsorb their juices before serving

Is the grill too hot? Or not hot enough?

The temperature at which the grill should be held will depend on the grill and the heat source. Most importantly, the lamb should sizzle when it hits the grill, turn the heat down to moderately high if it begins to cook too quickly.

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