Butterflied Leg Of Lamb With Cilantro Recipe

This recipe was originally published as part of our Indian Spring dinner party.

TT Test Kitchen Tip: To crush coriander seeds, place them in a resealable plastic bag and use a heavy bottomed pan or pot or a meat mallet to smash them (or pulse a few times in a spice grinder or coffee mill).

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Butterflied Leg Of Lamb With Cilantro And Spiced Oil
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Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Cilantro and Spiced Oil, from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
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Total time: 20 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons plus ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1½ tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 to 4½-pound butterflied leg of lamb
  • 5 garlic cloves, 2 cloves finely chopped and 3 cloves thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil, divided
  • ½ cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lightly crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon brown or black mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  1. Adjust an oven rack to the upper-middle position so it is 4 inches from the broiler element. Heat the broiler to high and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. In a small dish, mix together 2 tablespoons of the kosher salt and the pepper. Set the lamb on a cutting board and rub both sides with the chopped garlic, then season both sides with the salt-and-pepper mixture. Drizzle both sides of the lamb with 1 tablespoon of the grapeseed oil and transfer the lamb to the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Broil until browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Turn the lamb over and brown the other side until the lamb is cooked to your liking, 6 to 8 minutes more for medium-rare (125° to 130° on an instant-read thermometer). Take the lamb out of the oven and set aside to rest for 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board (reserve any accumulated juices on the pan) and slice crosswise (against the grain) into thin pieces. Place on a serving platter and sprinkle with the cilantro.
  4. In a medium skillet, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of the oil, sliced garlic, crushed coriander seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and red pepper flakes. Set the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mustard seeds pop and the garlic is golden, about 1½ to 2 minutes. Add the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt, pour the seasoned oil over the sliced lamb and serve.
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