Grilling or pan-searing lamb leg steaks to perfection is easier than you might think. With just a few simple steps, you can enjoy juicy and tender lamb steaks that will impress your taste buds. So, let’s dive into the art of cooking lamb steaks!
Understand the Cut of Lamb
Lamb steak is a thick cross-section cut from the leg of the animal. It can be boneless or bone-in, offering different flavors and textures. Boneless lamb steaks are oval-shaped with a rounded notch near the periphery, while bone-in cuts are more substantial and can weigh up to 15-16 oz.
How to Cook Lamb Steaks
Whether you choose to grill or pan-sear your lamb steaks, the cooking process remains the same. You can use an outdoor grill, a grilling pan, or a cast iron skillet. The cooking temperature and time needed are identical for each method. Don’t forget to add flavor to the meat beyond basic seasoning with salt and pepper.
Lamb Steak Marinade
Creating a delicious marinade is the secret to flavorful lamb steaks. The marinade infuses the meat’s surface with enticing flavors. For example, you can make a spiced dark ale marinade using an English style porter, along with curry, cinnamon, cumin, star anise, garlic powder, a bit of honey, vegetable oil, and salt and pepper. Alternatively, you can try one of our delightful Lamb Chop Marinades.
If you’re short on time, you can simply season the steaks with salt, pepper, and your favorite herbs or spices such as oregano, thyme, rosemary, or paprika.
How to Cook Lamb Leg Steaks Step-by-Step
- Mix your chosen marinade and pour it over the lamb steaks. Let them absorb the flavors for a few hours in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Heat the grill to high or a grilling pan/cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly oil the surface.
- Bring the steaks to room temperature, pat them dry, and discard the marinade. Season them with salt and pepper. Place them on the grill over direct heat.
- Once cooked, place the steaks on a platter and let them rest for 5 minutes to enhance tenderness. You can loosely tent them with foil to keep them warm.
How Long to Cook a Lamb Steak
The cooking time for a lamb steak remains fairly consistent, whether you’re grilling outside or using a grilling or cast iron skillet indoors. However, the internal temperature of the meat is a more reliable indicator of doneness than the cooking time. For medium-rare to medium lamb steaks, aim for an internal temperature of 140°F. Cooking them further may result in tougher meat.
Sides That Complement Lamb Leg Steaks
To enhance the flavors of your lamb leg steaks, serve them with side dishes that complement the marinade. For example, if you marinated the meat in olive oil, oregano, and garlic, a Greek salad with grilled potatoes would be a perfect match. In our case, we opted for grilled curried cauliflower to echo the warming flavors of our spiced dark ale marinade. We also fried some cumin papad crackers and served a chili sauce for an extra kick.
Pairing lamb steaks with the right beer can elevate your dining experience. For lamb steaks marinated in a dark ale or flavored with grilled cauliflower, a porter or stout like Guinness is a great choice. If your marinade includes cumin, caraway, and clove, consider an Oktoberfest lager or an American brown or amber ale. For lighter marinades with herbal or citrusy flavors, opt for a crushable saison, kolsch, or session IPA.
Try More Lamb Recipes
If you’re a fan of lamb, you might also enjoy trying our other delicious lamb recipes, such as Lamb Shoulder Chops, Lamb Rib Chops, Lamb Sirloin Chops, Grilled Leg of Lamb, Braised Lamb Shanks, or Lamb Meatballs with Pilsner and Feta Cheese.
Remember, with the right techniques and flavors, you can easily create mouthwatering lamb steaks that will impress your family and friends. So, fire up the grill or heat up the pan and get ready for a fantastic culinary adventure! For more information about lamb steaks and other tasty recipes, visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill.