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Sliced rack of lamb on a platter with couscous and a fork and spoon.
5 from 12 votes

Turkish Style Rack of Lamb Recipe

This is one of my favorite way to prepare rack of lamb and it is very easy to make.  The spices and herbs combined with the mint yogurt sauce bring some great flavors to this Turkish stye rack of lamb.  

Course Main dish
Cuisine Turkish
Keyword aromatic spices, greek yogurt, mint yogurt dip, mint yogurt sauce, rack of lamb, Turkish spices
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 4 servings
Calories 616 kcal


Mint and Yogurt dip:

  • 6 oz of plain Greek yogurt paleo diet: coconut cream
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped mint
  • 1 small garlic clove minced

* You can serve this with a side of steamed vegetables instead of couscous for a paleo diet friendly option.


Prepare the marinade:

  1. In a small bowl mix 3 Tbsp. olive oil, ground cumin, oregano and crushed red pepper.

  2. Place rack of lamb in a rectangular glass dish. Coat both sides of the lamb with the spice/herb mixture. Cover and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for about 3-4 hours. You can leave it to marinate overnight too.

Prepare the yogurt sauce:

  1. Make the yogurt dip by combining yogurt, mint and garlic and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Cooking the lamb:

  1. Heat remaining olive oil in a large pan over high heat and brown meat on both sides, about 4 minutes per side.
  2. Turn heat down to medium and cook until the internal temperature of the meat is about 120° F.

  3. Remove lamb from pan and place on a cutting board or glass dish. Cover and allow to rest for about 5-10 minutes.

  4. Slice lamb into individual portions between the ribs bones into single chops.

  5. Serve with mint yogurt dip. A side of couscous and steamed carrots make great side dishes.¼

Recipe Notes


For the couscous, make according to package instructions.
The steamed carrots are very simple.  Peel and slice the carrots into ¼  inch slices.  Place them in a sauce pan with about 1 inch of water.  Simmer on medium heat until tender. Add more water if needed. Check with a fork for tenderness.  Drain and serve  with a sprinkle of dill and butter.

Nutrition Facts
Turkish Style Rack of Lamb Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 616 Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Fat 56g86%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 339mg10%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.