Crown Roast of Lamb

Crown Roast of Lamb

Just like the rib roast on a steer, the lamb rack is a primal, or a major cut, located along the back between the shoulders and the loin. For this recipe, I will require two racks that are as closely matched as possible — cut from the very same animal would be best (ask your butcher), if it’s an option.


  • 2 1-to-1 1/2 pound racks of lamb (6 to 8 ribs each, frenched)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 6 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 4 teaspoons fresh thyme (chopped)
  • 1 1 /2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 4 cups cooked stuffing of your choice (or I like rice pilaf)
  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Bend each rack into a semicircle (meat side in, fat side out) and conjoin by tying together the ends with kitchen twine. The rib ends should be pushed outward to create the look of a crown.
  3. Rub the lamb with the oil. Combine the salt, pepper, garlic, thyme and coriander and press the mixture all over the lamb. Place the roast in a Bundt pan with the center of the pan coming up through the middle of the roast.
  4. Roast on the middle rack of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 130 degrees F, 8 to 12 minutes per pound. Remove from the oven, transfer the roast to a cooling rack, cover with aluminum foil, and rest the meat for 20 minutes.
  5. While the meat is resting, add the vinegar, mustard and rosemary to the juices that accumulated in the pan while cooking. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Cut the string away from the roast and place cooked stuffing, rice or barley in the center, if desired. Serve the warm sauce with the roast.

Alton Brown's Crown Roast of Lamb Recipe

Alton Brown’s Crown Roast of Lamb Recipe


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  1. 2

    You can just print the page from your browser, Richard. Barring that, pen and paper still work.
    The print function is a you thing, not a website thing.
    Also, this recipe is amazing. It’s delicious, impressive, and SO much faster than a turkey.

  2. 3

    Print function is inoperable. There is no sound on the video of Alton Brown showing how to prepare a Crown Rack of Lamb. Wanted to use this recipe but can’t print. Other site print fine. I’ll have to use one of those recipes.

  3. 4

    I’m doing a Beef rib roast for family this Easter. We all love Lamb and Pork, but Beef rib roast is special. This time seasoned with rosemary and garlic.

    • 6
      Philip Kommer

      I don’t believe that it would fit. Due to the pork having more meat on it, it tends to stand up better on its’ own. You can also cut in between the pork chops vertically to help them curve better.

  4. 8

    Hmmm…. the instructions say ribs outward to resemble a crown; but the illustration shows the ribs inward – more like a funnel. Is there a real difference, or is it merely cosmetic? I know, I know, we eat first with the eyes – – but if this will quickly become lamb chops I am asking if there is a *real* difference. And, survey says……..??

  5. 9

    For Christmas, I was asked to do a rib roast. But I remember your episode about the “The Alton Crown Affair” and decided to make the crown roast instead. I’m excited to make this for the first time. Thanks for making it easier.

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