Rack of lamb is a beautiful elegant flavorful dish. Whether it is a special occasion or an intimate dinner, there is something wonderful and impressive about serving it to your guests. This air fryer rack of lamb recipe makes this an easy dish that you can quickly make on a night for any occasion.
The Rack of Lamb is a great main dish. The drenched rack of lamb is a beautifully elegant dish. Typically it is a piece of meat that gets roasted, or there are broiler methods as well. The rack of lamb is typically roasted meat side up and you monitor the internal temperature until your desired doneness.
There are different ways of cooking lamb. Here we will look at air frying the lamb. It is an easy recipe that takes little preparation and a very simple and short cooking time.
If you have made any of my other lamb recipes, you will notice a theme. I love rosemary and garlic with lamb.
Lamb - One full rack is usually about 1.5 to 2 pounds. There are typically eight bones in a rack so that makes for four double chops. I will serve 1 - 2 double chops per adult. If you are serving more than two adults, you will want multiple racks of lamb. Hopefully, that helps you plan a little.
Rosemary - You can use your favorite spices. You can use several other fresh herbs as well, like thyme or sage, but fresh rosemary is my favorite. You can use dry rosemary if that is what you have on hand.
Garlic - Garlic is such a good compliment to the lamb. I prefer a fresh garlic clove, but you can use garlic powder in a pinch.
Start by preparing the rack of lamb
Working on a large cutting board, with a sharp knife, remove any excess fat from the fat cap and remove any silver skin from the outside of the lamb rack. Then carefully remove the membrane from the bones. If you are having trouble getting a firm grip, I recommend using a dull knife or the handle of a spoon to loosen it, then use a paper towel for a better grip and slowly pull the membrane from the bone side of the rack.
The next step is to cut the rack into double lamb chope. Use a sharp knife to carefully slice between every other bone to separate the rack of lamb into double sections. The next step is to season the lamb chops.
Olive Oil - This will do a few things. One, it gives a great flavor to the lamb, it also allows the salt, pepper, and rosemary to adhere to the lamb as well as keeps it from sticking to the air fryer basket. The oil provides a nice crust on the outside as it fries. If you don't have olive oil, vegetable oil or even avocado oil can be a great substitute.
Salt and Black Pepper - Salt and pepper are staples in many recipes. A little salt goes a long way with these double chops because the surface area of what you can season to the actual amount of meat is very high. You don't want to over-salt these.
How to Make Air Fryer Rack of Lamb
Step One - Drizzle lamb rack portions with olive oil on all sides. Then season with garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Make sure to season all sides of the meat.
Step Two - Place lamb into your air fryer. Be sure to only have them in one layer. Don't stack them on top of each other to fit more. You want to allow the hot air to circulate well and cook the lamb evenly.
Cooking Tip - Use a meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature of the lamb. Stick the thermometer probe into the thickest part of the meat. If you have a wireless thermometer probe, that is great, I have a wired one that I am able to use while still closing the lid of my air fryer.
Cook the lamb at 400°F in your air fryer. After 5 or 6 minutes, flip the lamb shops over. You can also place the lamb in the air fryer, fat side up if you want to get more crispy fat. Continue cooking the lamb until the internal temperature reaches 125°F for medium rare, or whatever your desired doneness. Cooking time may vary. All air fryers are different and every lamb rack is going to be different so it is crucial to monitor the internal temperature of the lamb.
Step Three - Once the lamb is done, remove it from the air fryer. Let the lamb rest for 2 to 3 minutes and then serve.
How do I use a meat thermometer in an air fryer?
When cooking a rack of lamb, it is important to monitor the internal temperature of the rack of lamb. Finding a way to monitor the internal temp during the cooking process is crucial, otherwise, you will need an instant-read thermometer which will require you to open the air fryer every couple minutes to check it. When you are trying to air fry, you are cooking at high heat, every time you open the air fryer, you are losing that hot air, and this will take longer cook times.
What do I serve with lamb chops?
Air fryer lamb chops are a great meal. They deserve some great sides. I recommend mashed potatoes or smoker-baked potatoes along with grilled broccoli or grilled delicata squash.
How else can I cook lamb?
Air Fryer Rack of Lamb
- 1.5-2 lb rack of lamb
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped
- Preheat the air fryer to 400.
- Cut the rack of lamb into two chop sections. A full rack should give you four double chops.
- Drizzle the lamb with olive oil and rub on the garlic, salt, and rosemary.
- Air fry for 15 minutes (flipping halfway through the cook time) or until the internal temperature of the lamb is 125.