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Spiced Lamb Chops With Fennel and Cucumber

Recipe Date: November 24, 2023
Serving Size: 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Difficulty: Medium
Measurements: Imperial (US)
Spiced Lamb Chops With Fennel and Cucumber
2021 ‘ The Enchanter’ Syrah

Source: New York Time Cooking


  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  • 1 1/2 pounds lamb loin chops, about 1-inch thick, or individual rib chops (unfrenched)
  • Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 hothouse or 1 Persian cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced into rings
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup picked dill or mint leaves
  • Cooked couscous, rice, farro or barley, for serving (optional).


Step 1
Using a knife, mortar and pestle or spice grinder, finely chop or coarsely grind fennel seed. (Just grind it enough to break down the whole seeds: You’re not looking for a powder.)


Step 2
Season lamb with salt, pepper and fennel seed.


Step 3
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place lamb
fat-side-down in the skillet and cook until it’s a good golden brown, about 2 minutes. (This also renders some of the fat,
which you’ll sear the meat in.) Using tongs, turn the lamb and
cook until it’s nicely browned on each side, 1 to 2 minutes per
side, which will give you medium-rare meat. Transfer lamb to
a cutting board to rest for at least 5 minutes.
heated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the top is a bit crusty, 40-45 minutes. Add sprinkles.


Step 4
Meanwhile, toss sliced fennel bulb, cucumber and shallot in
a medium bowl. Zest and juice 1 lemon and add to the fennel.
Season with salt and pepper.


Step 5
Serve lamb chops whole on a large serving platter, or slice
lamb away from the bone or rib about 1/4 – inch thick, then
transfer to a large serving platter or divide among plates.
Cut remaining lemon in half and squeeze over lamb. Scatter
with dill or mint and serve alongside fennel salad and cooked
grains, if you like.