Healthy Cooking Thursday! Simple Lamb Rub


I love lamb. I could eat no other red meat the rest of my life if it was guaranteed lamb would be abundant. But I know that I am not exactly “normal” (no comments from the peanut gallery, please) and that many folks do not appreciate lamb’s unique flavor, or understand how to season it appropriately.  Personally, I love to grill lamb.  It chars beautifully, thanks in part to the abundant fat contained therein, which dissipates from the meat in grilling more than other cooking methods would allow.

With that in mind, I developed the simple rub that follows. I recommend getting some ground lamb, molding it into patties just as you would for beef burgers, and coating both sides liberally with this rub about 20 minutes before throwing it on the grill. It would work for other applications as well, such as similarly grilled chicken, pork, turkey, beef, tofu, or shrimp; stirred into rice or other grains or pasta; or sprinkled on veggies like cauliflower, squash, or kale before roasting. Its gentle, slightly Middle Eastern flair adds a little earthiness to the lamb without overshadowing its glorious inherent flavor.

Lamb Rub

2 parts garlic powder
1 part turmeric
1 part (freshly ground, if possible) cumin
1 part salt

Combine all seasonings well in an airtight container. Use as necessary.

Wait a second!  I thought lamb was high in saturated fat!  Well, part of healthy eating is practicing the permission to eat awesome food in moderation, and knowing how to make those choices totally worth it.

2 responses to “Healthy Cooking Thursday! Simple Lamb Rub”

  1. Chef Lisa says:

    Thanks for another great reason to enjoy lamb, Marsha 😀

  2. Marsha says:

    I LOVE lamb. Growing up in Texas, it wasn’t a meat that was big on our tables but I discovered it as an adult and it’s now the red meat that I eat most often. Although I don’t eat red meat a lot. I’m more of a fish lover. But I’m definitely going to try your rub. I’ve got some locally-grown ground lamb in the freezer just waiting for it!

    Btw, lamb is grass-fed so it can be a valuable source of omega-3 fatty acids. So enjoy that fat. It’s good for us!

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