Lamb steaks are some of the best steaks you can get. They are incredibly versatile and can be served and prepared in many different ways. The taste and tenderness are almost unmatched, and the same goes for their nutritional value. However, they are also expensive, so you might be afraid of ruining them if you’re cooking them for the first time.
Well, fear not! In this article, we will teach you how to cook lamb steaks without any troubles.
How To Choose The Right Lamb Steak
Lamb meat comes in a lot of different varieties and choosing the right piece for your family dinner or holiday lunch can be a bit difficult. If you choose the wrong piece, you might end up ruining your meal.
The key thing here is the part of the lamb that the steak comes from. You see, a lamb steak can be made from almost any part of the lamb, but most come from the ‘meatier’ parts like the neck, the shoulders or the leg. Each one tastes different and has a different texture, which is worth considering when purchasing.
The leg meat of the lamb is usually made from fairly lean, non-fatty muscle with a strong flavor. Because of this, it can easily end up rather dry when you cook it, so it’s best to marinate it with something or use plenty of spices or sauces. Serving it in some sort of liquor also works, if you’re making food for that kind of gathering.
Loin chops are cut from the waist of the lamb; they are basically like t-bone steaks, just smaller. These are also mostly lean muscle, but less so than the leg meat, they have some fat on them, so they are perfect for grilling.
Shoulder cuts are probably the part of the lamb with the most flavors, but it’s also one of the leanest parts, meaning that the meat can be quite hard and dry. Slow roasting or stewing is the best method for preparing these kinds of lamb steaks since it takes quite a while for the meat to become tender.
Neck cuts are quite cheap, and you can usually get them connected to a shoulder cut. Steaks made from this part of the lamb can be cooked quickly since they have a good deal of fat on them and aren’t as hard and dry as the leg and shoulder chops.
There isn’t a right answer here; you just have to know what kind of meal you want to make and which sort of meat is the most appropriate.
Beyond that, you should also consider the thickness of the steak, since you don’t want it to be too thick – that makes it hard to cook. Stakes that are too thin also fair poorly, especially on grills, they just shrivel up. Aim for a thickness in the range of 0.5 to 0.75 inches.
Always check the expiry date if you’re buying prepackaged meat. If it’s a date that’s a week away or so, pass up on it. Meat that’s on sale tends to be close to the expiry date and it might go bad before you get to use it – or it could be bad already.
Well, now that we’ve covered the basics and you bought your lamb steak, it’s time for you to start cooking!
The Two Best Ways To Cook Lamb Steak
People have been cooking lamb stakes since god knows how long ago, so there are plenty of different ways to do it. Today we decided to highlight two methods in particular and both are tailor-made for cooking the most popular type of lamb steak – ones made from leg meat.
Of course, before you employ either of these methods, you have to prepare the steaks first, so they aren’t too dry. You can do this by making a marinade and letting the steaks sit in it overnight in the fridge.
There are many different marinades you could use, and plenty of recipes are out there. They all give the lamb a slightly different taste.
One of our favorites is the honey mint marinade – mix ½ teaspoon of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of minced chili, 1 tablespoon of mint, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix it all, and you’re done! You have enough marinade for one decently-sized lamb steak.
Lamb Steak Baking
Baking a lamb steak will allow it to retain a lot of its flavor and it will make sure that the meat is tender and properly cooked.
You should start off by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Then, pour one tablespoon of vegetable oil into a skillet and heat it up before placing the steak into the skillet. Sear each side for around 30 seconds.
Once that’s done, you can transfer it to your baking dish of choice and pour the remaining marinade over the steak, making sure it’s distributed evenly. At this point, you can add any other spices you might like – salt, pepper, rosemary and so on.
Place it in the oven and bake it for around 30 minutes, making sure to check it regularly. Once it’s tender, remove it from the oven and let it cool for around 5 minutes before serving. You can pour more marinade over it while it cools if you wish.
That’s about it! With that, your steak should be done, tasty, tender and juicy.
Lamb Steak Grilling
The second method we are going to cover today is the more popular one – grilling. This can be done on an indoor grill or an outdoor one.
To start with, preheat your grill. Since lamb steaks are best when seared, allow your grill to heat up fully. If you’re using an outdoor grill, wait until the coals are burning bright red and the fire dies down. The point is to grill the steaks over high heat.
Once the grill is sufficiently heated, you can place the steaks on the rack. Arrange them, so they don’t overlap, and there’s at least an inch of space between them. Sear them for 30 seconds on each side.
Then let them grill on one side for five minutes and baste them with the marinade. Turn them over and repeat the process.
After that, turn them and cook them for three more minutes if you want a medium-rare steak. In case you want a well-done steak, cook them for one extra minute. If you prefer rare steaks, cook them for one minute less.
There you go! Now you have a delicious lamb steak ready to eat!
So, there you have it, those are the best methods for cooking lamb steak, in our opinion. Did you find these cooking methods to be helpful? Do you have a cooking method which you like more? Sound off in the comments and let us know about it!
Either way, share the article if you think it would be helpful to others, and we hope you have a good lamb steak for dinner tonight.