Datenight Dinner (with Lamb)! Featuring Easy and Delicious Recipes For Spring and Summer.

Looking for a fresh idea for date night? Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to create a memorable evening, crafting a delicious lamb dinner is a surefire way to impress your significant other this season.

Pan-seared Lamb

This lighter take on a roast dinner for two will give you the same comforting flavours but with a much simpler way to whip it up! This meal only takes about 30 minutes to make, meaning less time in the kitchen and more time to spend with your special someone.

Pan-seared Lamb Chops

These pan-seared lamb chops offer a blend of tender lamb with a homemade sauce that’s sure to impress, especially exquisite for special occasions. Your partner will think you’ve been spent all day creating this special meal but don’t worry, we won’t tell them how easy it was. The step-by-step guide ensures even novice chefs can create a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of their home.

Air Fryer Rack of Lamb

Air Fryers have been all the rage in the kitchen in the last few years. Try this Air Fryer Rack of Lamb recipe! It promises a succulent and delicious meal, ready in under 25 minutes, with minimal cleanup. Perfect for any night of the week, this dish combines the ease of air frying with the rich flavors of lamb, rosemary, thyme, and garlic, finished with a touch of olive oil.


Spicy Grilled Merguez and Red Onion Pizza by Sungold

Give casual date night a fun new twist with lamb! Grilling pizza adds a nice smoky flavour and chars the crust for a crisp and tasty finish. The best part about this recipe is that you can easily customize it to your loved one’s liking. Make sure not to miss out on the delicious Lamb sausage though because it’s bringing the spice back to date night.

This dish pairs really well with Indian Pale Ales, the bitter hops of IPAs will add an extra delicious kick to any spicy dish. If you like milder flavours, try it with a light lager instead. Read our Ultimate Beer + Lamb Pairing Guide for more information on enjoying beer with lamb this season.

Cooking a lamb dinner for two is not just about the delicious flavors; it’s about creating a memorable experience. With some simple planning, a touch of creativity, and a dash of love, you can transform your meal into a culinary adventure both you and your partner will appreciate for a lifetime.

Rack of Lamb for Two

SunGold Rack of Lamb

Prep Time Timing: 15 min Cook Time: 30 – 35 mins | Serves: 2

Description:

Try this flavourful classic rack of lamb for a special dinner for two. This recipe is an ideal choice for making a dramatic presentation and will create a perfect romantic meal for two.

Ingredients List:

1 SUNGOLD Lamb 8 rib rack
1TB (15ml) Dijon mustard
cup (50)ml fine bread crumbs
2TB (25ml) chopped, fresh parsley
2 cloves minced garlic
1 TB (15ml) melted butter
Salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Preparation & Directions:

  • Pre heat oven to 400F (200C)
  • Place rack bone side down in a shallow roasting pan
  • Roast for 15 minutes
  • Remove from heat and spread surface with theDijon
  • Combine bread crumbs, parsley, garlic and butter and press onto mustard coating
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Return to oven and continue roasting for 15-20min until a thermometer registers 160F (90C) for medium rare, or desired doneness
  • Remove to a platter or cutting board and cover loosely with foil and let stand 5 min to rest
  • Carve between the bones to serve

Sugg Serving: Rice pilaf and spinach salad

Sesame Crusted Thai Scented Lamb Pops

SunGold Sesame Thai Lamb Pops

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Marinate Time: 4 hours | Serves: 6 appetizer servings

Description:

Trimmed, Frenched rack lamb chops, flavour infused and quickly grilled make an impressive appetizer or first course of a special dinner.

Ingredients List:

Marinade for up to 12 lamb pops, double if more:

  • 12 SUNGOLD Frenched rack lamb chops, inch (1cm) thick
  • 2 Tbsp (30mL) prepared lemongrass puree
  • 2 Tbsp (30mL) fresh grated ginger root
  • 1 tsp (5mL) dried mint leaves
  • 1 tsp (5mL) Asian chili garlic paste, or Sriracha sauce
  •  cup (125mL) coconut milk
  • 1 cups (375mL) toasted sesame seeds
  • Cilantro for garnish

Preparation & Directions:

  • Place lamb chops in a large sealable plastic bag.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk lemon grass, ginger, mint, chilli paste and coconut milk until smooth.
  • Pour into bag over chops and seal, removing as much air as possible, and distribute marinade evenly around the chops.
  • Place in the fridge to marinate at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  • To cook, remove chops and lightly pat with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  • Place 1/3 of the toasted sesame seeds on a small plate.
  • Press chops lightly into the seeds on each side, continue using 1/3 sesame seeds to cover 4 chops at a time.
  • Preheat broiler to High.
  • Place chops on broiler tray on the middle rack of the oven, and grill for about 2 minutes on each side for medium rare. Watch carefully that the sesame seeds do not burn.
  • Allow chops to sit for 3 minutes to firm before serving.

Focaccia Crusted Rack of Lamb

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 35 minutes | Serves: 8

Description:

A rack of lamb is always a showstopper at any dinner. Encrusted with Mediterranean flavours, this lamb tastes even better than it looks!

Ingredients List:

  • 2 SunGold Frenched Lamb Racks (each 8 bones/1 lb 10 oz/735 g
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups (500 mL) cubed day-old herb or plain focaccia bread
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) prepared olive tapenade
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard

 

Preparation & Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In food processor, pulse garlic until ground.
  • Add cubed bread and rosemary; pulse until ground.
  • Drizzle with 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil to moisten crumbs; transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until toasted.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Season lamb with salt and pepper.
  • Heat remaining oil in large skillet set over medium-high heat; sear lamb, starting with fat side down, for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until browned. Let cool slightly.
  • Stir tapenade with mustard; brush evenly over fat side and coat in crumb mixture, pressing to adhere.
  • Transfer lamb to parchment paper lined baking sheet; roast for 25 to 30 minutes for medium-rare or until instant-read thermometer inserted into centre without touching bone registers internal temperature of 145F (63C), or cook to desired doneness.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Cut into 1- or 2-rib portions.

Tips:

  • For medium doneness, cook lamb to internal temperature of 160F (71C) and 165F (74C) for medium-well.
  • Serve the lamb with a simple cherry tomato salad: toss together halved cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (Per 1/4 recipe)

  • Calories 290
  • Fat 19g
  • Cholesterol 45mg
  • Sodium 650mg
  • Carbohydrate 17g
  • Fibre 1g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 13g

Rack Lambsicles (with Pea and Mint Pesto)

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 4 to 8

Description:

Serve one or two of these delicious little chops for a satisfying appetizer or three to four as a main dish. The fresh and lively pesto is like a taste of spring.

Ingredients List:

  • 1 pkg SunGold 8-Bone Lamb Rack (1 lb 14 oz/865 g)
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper

Pea and Mint Pesto:

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper

Preparation & Directions:

  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat; grease grate well.
  • Slice lamb between bones to create individual lambsicles.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill lamb for 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare or until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into thickest part of meat without hitting bone registers internal temperature of 145F (63C), or cook to desired doneness.

Pea and Mint Pesto:

  • Meanwhile, in food processor, pulse peas, olive oil, mint, parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper until pured.
  • Serve with lambsicles.

Tips:

  • For medium doneness, cook lamb to internal temperature of 160F (71C) or 165F (74C) for medium-well.
  • Serve lamb with grilled asparagus for an easy appetizer.

Nutrition Facts (Per 1/8 recipe)

  • Calories 240
  • Fat 20g
  • Cholesterol 55mg
  • Sodium 280mg
  • Carbohydrate 1g
  • Fibre 0g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 13g

Pistachio Lime Crusted Rack of Lamb

Rack of Lamb Dinner Plate

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes | Serves: 4

Description:

Sophisticated, restaurant-quality Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb. These lamb racks make an easy yet elegant dinner entre.

Ingredients List:

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) shelled pistachios
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) packed fresh mint
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) lime zest
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) red chili flakes
  • 2 SunGold French Lamb Racks, cap off
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Dijon mustard

Preparation & Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). In food processor, pulse garlic, pistachios, mint, thyme, lime zest and chili flakes until finely chopped. Transfer to shallow dish; set aside.
  • Season lamb with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet set over medium heat; sear lamb racks all over, starting with fat side down, for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until browned. Let cool slightly.
  • Brush mustard evenly over fat side of lamb racks; coat in pistachio mixture, pressing to adhere.
  • Transfer lamb to parchment paper-lined baking sheet; roast for 20 to 25 minutes for medium-rare or until instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of lamb without touching bone registers 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63 degrees Celsius), or cook to desired doneness. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into 2-rib portions.

Tip:

  • For medium doneness, cook lamb to internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius), and 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius) for medium-well.

Grilled Ginger Soy Lamb Chops with Rice

Grilled Lamb Chops on Rice

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 35 minutes | Serves: 4

Description:

This is a quick way to get lots of robust flavour without marinating. Brush on a blend of aromatics, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar and grill without the wait.

Ingredients List:

  • 2 pkg (8 chops) SunGold Lamb Rack Chops
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cups (500 mL) cooked brown or jasmine rice
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

Preparation & Directions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high; grease grate well. Slice lamb between bones to create individual chops; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Mix together garlic, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and ginger; brush 2 tbsp over lamb chops. Reserve remaining soy sauce mixture.
  3. Grill lamb chops for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until instant-read thermometer inserted into centre registers 145F (63C) for medium-rare, or until desired doneness. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Toss rice with reserved soy sauce mixture; serve with lamb chops. Garnish with green onions.

Tips:

  • For medium doneness, cook lamb to internal temperature of 160F (71C), and 165 (74C) for medium-well.
  • If desired, replace rice wine vinegar with red wine vinegar and add 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh herbs, such as chives, parsley, rosemary or thyme.