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TIP OF THE DAY: Spring Lamb Recipes

“Spring lamb” is so called because before modern times, the sheep gave birth in the spring. If you wanted lamb in other seasons, it would be frozen.

Today, animal breeders know how to enable birth year-round, so lovers of lamb need never be without it.

Use the ingredients of spring to (below) create your own spring lamb dish.

There are cuts from chops to roasts and less expensive cuts for lamb stew.

One of our favorite dishes is braised lamb shanks, ready to cook in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot.

Ever wonder why leg of lamb with green peas is such a popular pairing? It’s because both are spring foods. In the days when everyone had to eat “locavore,” people could only eat what was in season.

So today’s tip is: Celebrate this first day of spring by planning a lamb dinner with spring vegetables (a list follows).

Also, see more lamb recipes below.

How about some fava beans with a nice Chianti?

> May 7th is National Spring Lamb Day.

> The different cuts of lamb. How many have you had?

Because of imports from the Southern Hemisphere, where the seasons are reversed, Americans have year-round access to traditional spring foods like artichokes, Belgian endive, spinach, radicchio, radishes, and watercress.

But spring brings specialties with short seasons, so eat them while you can!

  • Asparagus (look for purple asparagus)
  • Butter lettuce
  • Fava beans
  • Fennel
  • Fiddlehead ferns
  • Morel mushrooms
  • Mustard greens
  • Ramps
  • Rhubarb
  • Spring (English) peas, snow peas, pea pods
  • Sorrel
  • Vidalia onions
    One of the most celestial restaurant dishes we recall, from several springs ago, was a simple sauté of asparagus, fiddleheads, morels, and ramps, seasoned with a little garlic.

    It’s a lesson on how the season’s bounty needs little preparation to impress.


  • Boneless Lamb Loin With Blood Orange Sauce And White Bean Purée
  • Caramelized Australian Lamb Chops With Grilled Rosemary Carrots
  • Cranberry-Marinated Rack Of Lamb With Almond Wild Rice
  • Feta-Crusted Lamb Gyros With Herbed Yogurt Sauce
  • Greek Lamb Burger
  • Greek Lamb Pinwheels
  • Greek Nachos
  • Greek-Style Grilled Lamb Loin Chops With Bread Salad
  • Grilled Lamb Loin Chops With Zucchini, Walnut & Caper Couscous
  • Irish Lamb Stew
  • Lamb Burger Ideas
  • Lamb Kebabs with Guinness Marinade
  • Lamb Panini Sandwich With Beet Relish
  • Lamb Salad With Cucumber & Watercress
  • Loin Of Lamb Niçoise
  • Middle Eastern Pizza With Lamb, Feta & Kalamata Olives
  • Maple-Glazed Leg Of Lamb Recipe
  • Moroccan Spiced Rack Of Lamb
  • Moroccan-Style Lamb Kabobs
  • One Pan Lamb & Zucchini With Greek Accents
  • Pan-Fried Lamb Loin Chops With Tomato & Mozzarella Salad In A Mustard Vinaigrette
  • Pear & Lamb Kebabs with Beer-Rosemary Pan Sauce
  • Porcini-crusted Australian Lamb Rib Chops With Fresh Pea, Mint And Feta Salad
  • Rack of Lamb With Quinoa-Hazelnut Crust & Mint Pesto
  • Roast Leg Of Lamb With Artichokes & Mint-Yogurt Sauce
  • Rosemary Rack Of Lamb With Berry Jam
  • Shepherd’s Pie Spiced Up With Cumin & Smashed Chickpeas
  • Shepherds’s Pie Twice Baked Potatoes Stuffed With Lamb
  • Thai-Curried Lamb Shank Recipe With Cilantro Rice
  • Thai Grilled Lamb & Asparagus Salad

    [1] A lamb lover’s delight. Who needs steak (photo © Blu Restaurant | NYC [permanently closed]).

    [2] Roast lamb loin with lamb sausage, seasoned ricotta and beluga lentils and accents of fresh apricot (photo © Fruition Restaurant | Denver).

    [3] Stuffed leg of lamb (photo © Vermont Creamery).

    [4] Rack of lamb (photo © DeLallo).

    Spring Lamb Recipes
    [5] Lamburger (photo © Australian Lamb | Meat & Livestock Australia).


  • Warm Salad Of Asparagus Spears & Seared Lamb Chops With Fresh Mint Vinaigrette



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