[WATCH] Pan roasted lamb rump with cucumber salad and gremolata

Take a look at this lamb and cucumber recipe as tried and tested by Chef Alain James Grech on Gourmet Challenge 

Lamb rump by Chef Alain James Grech
Lamb rump by Chef Alain James Grech


Serves 3

For the lamb

  • 3 lamb rump off the bone, fat cap on
  • Veg oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 80g butter
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 chopped shallots
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 100ml white wine
  • 100ml water

For the Gremolata

  • 100ml olive oil
  • 50g tossed pine nuts
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • ½ clove garlic, minced

For the cucumber salad

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 100g Greek yogurt
  • ½ clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1  bunch of mint


  1. Pan fry the lamb on the fat until crispy, flip and add the garlic, herbs and butter and baste on low heat.
  2. Place lamb on a tray and bake for 10 minutes 180 degrees.
  3. In the same pan, add the onions and lamb trimmings and fry well, add white wine and reduce, add water and reduce, add the butter cubes and seasoning in the sauce and pass through a fine sieve.
  4. Rest the lamb for 10 minutes until core temperature of 54 to 60 deg is reached.

The gremolata

  1. Chop everything and mix with olive oil season with salt and pepper.

The cucumber salad

  1. Mix the yogurt with the vinegar, chopped mint and garlic. Season
  2. Make cucumber ribbons using a potato peeler and mix with yogurt mix.
  3. To assemble the dish, place cucumber salad on plates, slice the lamb and place on napkin to remove extra juices. Place lamb neatly on plates, garnish with gremolata and finish with the lamb sauce.

Watch Chef Alain Grech creating the dish from stratch and Yanica and Pierre going head-to-head in the Gourmet kitchen below:

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