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Frenched Rack Of Lamb

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Tender oven-roasted rack of lamb, seasoned with rosemary, fresh lemon juice, and garlic, is perfect for entertaining and so easy to make!

Frenched Rack of Lamb on a sheet pan
Frenched Rack of Lamb

I make lamb chops all the time because they are quick and easy, and my family loves them. They are also perfect for entertaining when you want to make something special that’s also simple to do. You can season the racks ahead and
then pop them in the oven when you’re ready to eat. Just be sure to let the lamb rest at room temp before roasting. For more lamb recipes, try my Grilled Rosemary Lamb Chops and Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb.

Frenched Rack of Lamb on a sheet pan with rosemary.

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What is frenched rack of lamb?

Frenched rack of lamb is when the fat and meat is removed from the bones, which makes for a prettier presentation. Often, you can find racks of lamb already frenched at the supermarket. You can also ask your butcher to french it for you. If you’d like to learn how to do it yourself, has a step-by-step guide on “How to French a Rack of Lamb.”

How to Tell When Your Lamb Chops Are Done

We like our lamb chops medium rare. The most fool-proof way to know for sure that your meat is in the medium rare range is to use an instant-read thermometer. A thermometer allows you to know — not guess —that your meat has reached the medium rare range of 130-135 degrees.

What to Serve with Rack of Lamb

This rack of lamb would be delicious served with Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, Baked Sweet Potatoes or Rice Pilaf. For some veggie side dishes, try Chopped Salad with Feta, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut or Roasted Parmesan Green Beans.

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Frenched Rack Of Lamb

5 from 12 votes
Tender oven-roasted rack of lamb, seasoned with rosemary, fresh lemon juice, and garlic, is perfect for entertaining and so easy to make!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Frenched Rack of Lamb on a sheet pan
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
rest time: 10 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 2 chops


  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 racks of lamb, frenched (2 pounds each, 8 ribs each)
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  • Season the lamb racks with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Rub the garlic all over them and sprinkle with rosemary.
  • Set the racks fat side up on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with foil if desired and let stand for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Roast the lamb in the upper third of the oven for about 25 minutes for medium-rare meat, or until a thermometer reaches 130F (or longer if you like your cooked medium or medium-well). Simply insert the tip of the thermometer through the side of the chops and into the thickest part of the meat, careful not to touch the bone (which is hotter than the meat that surrounds it).
  • When that spot reaches 130°F, it’s finished. The temperature will continue to rise an additional 5 degrees as the lamb rests.
  • Transfer the lamb racks to a carving board and let them rest, tented with foil for 10 minutes.
  • Carve the lamb in between the rib bones and transfer to plates.
  • Serve right away. Trim fat before eating*.

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*Nutrition is based on trimmed lamb. When cooking the whole rack, I found it best to trim the fat before eating rather than before roasting.


Serving: 2 chops, Calories: 335 kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.5 g, Protein: 46.7 g, Fat: 16 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 140 mg, Sodium: 352.5 mg, Sugar: 0.5 g