Ethnic Lamb Recipes

Lamb is known for its tenderness, unique flavor and health benefits. Dishes featuring lamb are found in many cuisines; in China, lamb is popular due to the influence of the Mongolians, who conquered China in the 13th century AD. Here are a number of lamb recipes, from Mongolian Lamb With Scallions, to Tajine (Moroccan Lamb Stew) and Indian Lamb Curry.

  • 01 of 08
    Mongolian Lamb
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    A slightly different recipe that uses lamb shank and has red wine vinegar in the sauce. Chile paste adds a bit of heat.

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    Mongolian hot pot for two (Shoot Brief #11)
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    A classic northern Chinese dish, Mongolian Hot Pot is traditionally made with mutton (the meat of adult sheep). The easiest way to prepare the broth is simply to purchase a leg of lamb and heat it in boiling water before slicing. However, chicken broth can be substituted if desired. The recipe includes several suggestions for dipping sauces to serve with the hot pot.

  • 03 of 08
    Minted Lamb Meatballs
    Minted Lamb Meatballs. Photo © Molly Watson

    Cumin and mint, two popular ingredients in Greek cooking, lend flavor to these meatballs, which are served with traditional Greek tzatziki. For the best results, prepare the meatballs a day ahead of time and refrigerate until needed.

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    Lamb in Curry Sauce with Lemon Roasted Potatoes
    Lamb in Curry Sauce with Lemon Roasted Potatoes. Lora Wiley-Lennartz

    This popular dish is, in fact, a Western take on how meat curries are made in south India -- no such curry is traditionally made there! This recipe explains how to prepare it using traditional south Indian spices.

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  • 05 of 08
    Lamb korma
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    Kormas are typically made by marinating the main ingredient in yogurt and spices like ginger and garlic. It is then cooked in its own juices and a gravy made of onions, lots of tomatoes, green chilies and whole spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, coriander, cumin, etc.

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    Grilled Armenian-Style Lamb Chops
    Grilled Armenian-Style Lamb Chops. Chris Alack/Getty Images

    This cooking guide provides tips on choosing, flavoring and grilling lamb chops. The feature includes several recipes, from Lamb Chops Dijon to Balsamic Herb Lamb Chops.

  • 07 of 08
    Roast Leg of Lamb. Elaine Lemm

    Here are a number of mouthwatering Greek lamb recipes, from Garlic Studded Lamb Roast with potatoes to Lamb Souvlaki and rolled leg of lamb stuffed with bell peppers and feta cheese. 

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    Lamb Tagine. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    This version of the popular Moroccan farmer stew is made with lamb shoulder and dried apricots. Fun fact: Moroccans comprise one of the largest immigrant groups in the Netherlands.