Basque Braised Lamb with Cilantro and Lemon

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Recipe: #6869

October 27, 2012

"A WONDERFUL recipe from "Basque Cooking and Lore" by Darcy Williamson. I've never had lamb with cumin and cilantro, this was delightfully different. The lamb turned out tender and bursting with flavor. A KEEPER of a recipe!"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (328.5 g)
  • Calories 772.4
  • Total Fat - 60.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 25.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 201.8 mg
  • Sodium - 629.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 1.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.4 g
  • Sugars - 0.5 g
  • Protein - 49.7 g
  • Calcium - 61.4 mg
  • Iron - 5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a heavy 12-inch skillet (I used a medium Dutch Oven), melt lard over high heat.

Step 2

Add lamb cubes, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and brown them evenly. (If you want the lamb cubes to get a nice browning, make sure they're dry and brown them in small batches. I didn't do this, and it turned out fine, but you may want to.)

Step 3

Sprinkle cumin and garlic over lamb and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Step 4

Stir in 1/2 cup wine, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Add remaining 1/4 cup wine and lemon slices and cook over high heat, stirring carefully once or twice, until sauce thickens. (It will end up with a sort of glazed appearance.)

Step 6

Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

Step 7

Great served with Basque potatoes and asparagus!


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


Wonderful flavor. I love the combination of lemon and cilantro.I used Veermouth too! Next time I make this I will cut down the cooking time as I found my lamb was a bit overcooked - this may be my own fault as perhaps I should have cut the lamb cubes larger. Thanks Engrossed it was still a tasty dinner to be made again.


review by:
(31 Jan 2013)


I made this using venison instead of lamb as they are very similar in flavour and consistency and used bacon fat instead of lard and was quite pleased with this dish. Easy to put together and tastes great, what more could you want!! Made for the Billboard Recipe Tag Game.


review by:
(6 Jan 2013)

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