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Lemon and fennel lamb ribs with pea and mint salad

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for lemon and fennel lamb ribs with pea and mint salad.

By Emma Knowles, Lisa Featherby & Alice Storey
  • Serves 4
  • 30 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs 10 mins cooking plus marinating
Lemon and fennel lamb ribs with pea and mint salad
Lemon and fennel lamb ribs with pea and mint salad

You’ll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.


  • 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp dried mint
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • Finely grated rind of 2 lemons, juice of 1
  • 75 ml olive oil
  • 1.5 kg lamb rib racks (about 2)
Pea and mint salad
  • 120 gm snowpeas, trimmed, cut into julienne
  • 150 gm sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 180 gm podded peas (about 350gm unpodded)
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) mint
  • 50 gm crème fraîche
  • Juice of 1 lemon, or to taste
  • ½ garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 70 ml olive oil
  • 2 baby fennel bulbs, thinly shaved on a mandolin and placed in acidulated iced water
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) pea tendrils (optional)


  • 1
    Pound garlic, fennel seeds, mint, chilli, lemon rind and 1 tsp sea salt in a mortar and pestle until coarsely ground. Stir in oil and juice, and season to taste with freshly ground black pepper. Place ribs in a non-reactive container, pour marinade over, rub in to coat well, cover and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 150C. Place ribs on a wire rack in a large roasting pan and roast until very tender (1½-2 hours), then keep warm.
  • 3
    For pea and mint salad, blanch peas separately until bright green (1 minute for snowpeas; 1-2 minutes for sugar snap peas; 2-3 minutes for peas) and refresh. Combine in a bowl with mint and refrigerate until required. Whisk crème fraîche, lemon juice, garlic and oil in a bowl, season to taste and set aside. Just before serving, drain fennel, add to peas, add tendrils and half the dressing and toss to combine.
  • 4
    Heat a char-grill pan over high heat. Grill lamb, turning occasionally, until charred (3-4 minutes), cut into ribs and serve with pea and mint salad and remaining dressing for drizzling.


This recipe is from the February 2013 issue of .
Drink Suggestion: Young sangiovese. Drink suggestion by Max Allen

  • Author: Emma Knowles, Lisa Featherby & Alice Storey