Pan-Seared Rack of Lamb

Last Updated on February 12, 2024

Preparation is key! For optimal results, you’ll want to start prepping this lamb 2 days in advance. Allow one day for thawing and one day for marinating. Looking for more best practices to help you achieve the perfect cook? Check out this post.

Classic Pan-Seared Rack of Lamb

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Protein: Lamb
Cut: Lamb Rack
Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 1 day


  • 2 ButcherBox Racks of Lamb
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsps fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • 4 tbsps butter
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme


  • Pat the racks of lamb dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • In a small bowl, combine minced garlic, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, dried rosemary, dried thyme, salt, and pepper to create a classic flavor blend.
  • Rub the mixture generously all over the racks of lamb, ensuring they are evenly coated. Let them rest in the refrigerator overnight, uncovered, on a sheet pan fitted with a wire rack for optimal flavor infusion.
  • When ready to cook, preheat your oven to 400ºF.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet (or heavy pan) over medium-high heat and add a splash of olive oil.
  • Once the pan is hot, sear the racks of lamb, fat side down, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Flip the racks and sear each side for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Add butter and fresh thyme sprigs to the pan. Baste the racks with the melted butter, spooning it over the lamb continuously for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and roast until the lamb reaches your desired internal temperature (120ºF rare | 140ºF medium | 160ºF well-done).
  • Remove the racks from the skillet and let them rest on a cutting board for at least 10 minutes.
  • Carve the racks between the bones into individual chops, garnish with fresh herbs, and serve with your favorite sides.
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