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Marinated Lamb Backstrap

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Marinated Lamb Backstrap

Marinated Lamb Backstrap

S. Wongkaew

Lamb backstrap is a top grade cut of lamb that's perfect for marinating, barbecuing and grilling. It's tender and full of flavor.

In this recipe, lamb backstraps are marinated in Middle Eastern herbs and spices and then barbecued to perfection.

The lamb is accompanied by a light and refreshing cucumber yogurt and lemon wedges.

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ***MARINADE***
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 600g lamb backstraps
  • ***YOGURT***
  • 3/4 cup natural yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, deseeded & chopped
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped mint
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 lemon cut in half for serving
  • Serves 2

Preparation:

  1. Combine the marinade ingredients together in a large non-reactive bowl. Add the lamb backstraps and mix well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
  2. Prepare the cucumber yogurt just before cooking the lamb. Combine yogurt, cucumber, mint, lemon juice and salt together in a small bowl. Stir well and set aside.
  3. Heat grill or barbecue on a high heat. Cook lamb backstraps on all sides until medium rare -- about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Transfer lamb to a plate and cover loosely with foil for 5 minutes. After this time slice the lamb diagonally and then serve with cucumber yogurt and two lemon wedges.
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