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Chargrilled lamb backstraps with corn and capsicum quinoa

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By Adelaide Lucas
  • Serves 4
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Chargrilled lamb backstraps with corn and capsicum quinoa


  • 200 gm quinoa (see note) (1 cup)
  • 4 lamb backstraps (200gm each)
  • 2 corn cobs, silks and husks removed
  • 2 red capsicum, seeds removed, cut into 5cm batons
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 limes, halved
  • 1 cup each coriander and flat-leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped (loosely packed)
Lime-chilli dressing
  • 2 limes, finely grated rind and juice only
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp crushed dried chilli
  • 1 tsp dried oregano


  • 1
    Combine quinoa and 2 cups of water in a saucepan over high heat, bring to the boil, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stand, covered, for 10 minutes
    or until water has been absorbed.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, preheat chargrill on high heat. Brush lamb and vegetables with olive oil and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook lamb for 5 minutes on each side for medium rare, or until cooked to your liking. Chargrill vegetables alongside lamb for 5 minutes or until lightly charred and tender, then chargrill lime halves, flesh-side down, for 2 minutes.
  • 3
    For lime-chilli dressing, combine ingredients in a small bowl, season to taste with sea salt and set aside.
  • 4
    Using a sharp knife, cut corn kernels from cobs, add to quinoa with capsicum, herbs and ¾ of the dressing. Slice lamb and serve drizzled with remaining dressing and quinoa salad and chargrilled lime to the side.


Note Quinoa is a seed native to South America. It's gluten-free, has a nutty flavour and is high in protein. Quinoa is available from health food stores.

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