Coffee and Spice Rubbed Lamb Recipe

Coffee and Spice Rubbed Lamb recipe was adapted from the cookbook called “The Wine Lover’s Cookbook – Great Recipes For The Perfect Glass of Wine”, by Sid Goldstein.

 Sid Goldstein says in the book, “As pinot noir wine ages, it picks up some gracefully coffee-like notes.  This Lamb Recipe was created to try to mirror this characteristic as well as accentuate the vanilla character that results from barrel aging.  If the recipe sounds a little ‘over the top, do not be intimidated.  This delicious lamb recipe is a quite flavorful and wonderful way to heighten the character of almost any red wine, particularly those that have aged for a while.”

Your could use either lamb chops or a rack of lamb when making this recipes.  I personally love using rack of lamb!


Coffee and Spice Rubbed Lamb


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Coffee and Spice Rubbed Lamb Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Total Time
36 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coffee and Spice Rubbed Lamb Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Coffee and Spice Rubbed LambL
  • 4 boneless, tied lamb sirloin or tenderloin rolls (about 5 ounces each) or 8 double-thick lamb chops or rack of lamb chops
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup shitake mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine*
  • 1 (6-inch) vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaves, freshly chopped
  • 2 cups chicken stock or lamb stock**
  • 1/4 cup coffee, freshly brewed
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 teaspoon cold water (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Mint sprigs (for garnish)
Coffee Marinade:
Coffee and Spice Rubbed Lamb Instructions:
  1. Prepare Coffee Marinade.  

  2. Place lamb in a large glass dish.  Pour prepared Coffee Marinade over the lamb and rub in thoroughly on all sides.  Refrigerate, covered, for 3 to 4 hours. Remove from marinade and wipe off most (but not all) of coffee mixture with paper towels.

  3. In a large saute pan or skillet over medium heat, saute together the olive oil, mushrooms, and shallots for 4 to 5 minutes.  Add red wine, vanilla bean, and mint; bring just to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer and reduce wine by half.  Stir in chicken stock, coffee, and honey until reduce by half.  Remove vanilla bean.  Stir in cornstarch mixture to thicken sauce if desired.  Remove from heat, swirl in butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Keep warm until ready to serve.

  4. Prepare a hot grill.  Cook lamb for 7 to 8 minutes per side or until medium-rare and an internal thermometer registers 125 degrees F. (use a meat thermometer to test for doneness).  Remove from grill, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.  During this time the meat continues to cook (meat temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees after it is removed from the oven) and the juices redistribute.

  5. To serve, place lamb rolls or lamb chops on individual serving plates and top with mushroom sauce.  Garnish with mint sprigs.

  6. Makes 4 servings. 

Coffee Marinade Instructions:
  1. To make marinade, combine garlic, mint, coffee, olive oil, and red wine in a small non-reactive mixing bowl.  

  2. Using a mortar and pestle (or electric coffee/spice grinder), grind peppercorns, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, rosemary, and salt.  Add to coffee mixture and whisk thoroughly.

Recipe Notes

* Use the same type of wine that you will be serving to drink with this dish.

Recommended wine:  Pinot Noir
Alternative wine:  Cabernet Sauvignon

** Learn how easy it is to make your own homemade chicken stock.


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Comments and Reviews

2 Responses to “Coffee and Spice Rubbed Lamb Recipe”

  1. kazy

    Allergic to mint. Can I use basil instead?

    • Nancy

      Basil and mint are in the same family.


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