Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb

  • By: Jack Mancuso

Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb

Lamb is an often overlooked meat, but it’s got a lot going on! The flavor of lamb is slightly sweet and mild. There are earthy notes and a hint of gaminess.

So what’s so great about racks of lamb? For one, it is tender and juicy. For another, it makes one impressive presentation that’s nothing short of elegant. And last, but not least, Lamb is a versatile meat. It pairs with a wide variety of herbs and spices (rubs) like those we make at CusoCuts, marinades, and sauces. You can pan-sear it, grill it, or roast it.

Shopping for Lamb

Count how many people you are having for dinner. Each person will need one rib. Buy prime or choice cuts. After that, it’s up to you to pick your rack of lamb recipes. Here’s one. 

Pistachio-crusted Rack of Lamb Ingredients 

1 rack of lamb with 1 rib per person

1 c finely minced pistachios

2 cloves minced garlic

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp honey mustard

Spices to taste **

Extra Virgin olive oil

Honey balsamic salad dressing

** There are several all-natural spice blends we make at CusoCuts that pair with lamb.

Cuso’s Coconut Rum Seasoning: This blend also goes great with nuts, so it’s a win-win.

Cuso’s Grass Seasoning: Matches the earthiness of the lamb

Cuso’s Gravel Seasoning: For an extra textural layer


  1. Set the oven to 400F
  2. Brush on the mustard as a binder
  3. Mix your chosen seasoning with the nuts
  4. Press this mixture into the rack of lamb (get everywhere!)
  5. Transfer the lamb to a cast iron frying pan
  6. Put a little olive oil into the pan over medium-high heat
  7. Sear the rack of lamb on all sides for 3 minutes. This makes your crust golden brown
  8. Move the lamb to a roaster
  9. Cook for 25 minutes for medium rare (135F)
  10. Rest the lamb for 10 minutes before serving
  11. Use the honey balsamic as a finishing sauce

PitMaster’s Memo: Rack Facts

  • A three-ounce piece of lamb has half the daily value of protein.
  • On average, a rack of lamb weighs 2 pounds
  • A crown roast of lamb comes from two racks, carefully tied together
  • Lamb chops are the result of cutting in between the bones
  • You will get 8 lamb chops from a rack of lamb
  • Lamb is healthy. It provides vitamins B1 and B2


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