Vadouvan-Spiced Lamb Ribs

Serving Size: 4
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These slow-roasted lamb ribs are rubbed with a vadouvan, a fragrant French curry-esque spice blend, and loaded with the rich, gamey flavor of lamb. Because lamb ribs can be fatty, it's best to get them from small farms where the lambs are younger and more active, and therefore leaner.


  • 1.5 Tbsp vadouvan (see Note)
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 3 1/2-pound rack of lamb ribs


  1. In a bowl, whisk the vadouvan, salt and sugar. Set the ribs on a rimmed baking sheet and rub the spice mixture all over them; refrigerate, covered, for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300°. Roast the ribs for 2 1/2 hours, until browned and tender; transfer to a carving board and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut into 2-rib pieces and serve.

Notes: Vadouvan, a French curry spice blend flavored with shallots and garlic, is available at specialty food stores and

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Recipe Credit: Tony Maws
Image Credit: John Kernick