Marinated barbecue lamb with shallot marmalade, served with griddled vegetables

Marinated barbecue lamb with shallot marmalade, served with griddled vegetables

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Prep: 1 hr Cook: 20 mins Plus marinating

A challenge

Serves 4
This fresh and fragrant meal, from Gordon Ramsay, is perfect for entertaining friends or a really special family meal. It's a step-by-step guide to help you get the best result

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal654
  • fat33g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre7g
  • protein45g
  • salt1.11g
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  • 4 cannons of lamb (see Choosing your meat, below), about 170g-200g each



    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • approx 350ml olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 bulbs fennel (trimmed, use fennel tops in marinade)
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 1 bunch (about 250g) asparagus



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 2 red peppers (Gordon used Romano)
  • 6-8 sprigs thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 4 slices sour dough bread

For the marinade

  • juice of 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped
  • fennel tops, from above, chopped
  • handful mint leaves, roughly chopped



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

For the shallot marmalade

  • 8 shallots, halved and sliced



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 4 fat garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3cm cube fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp mild curry powder
  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3-4 tbsp crème fraîche


  1. Make the marinade – in a bowl, whisk together 150ml olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, fennel tops and mint, a good pinch sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper.

  2. Pour half the marinade into a long dish, sit the lamb on top and cover with the remaining marinade. Set aside for at least 30 mins so that the flavours develop.

  3. Heat a frying pan over a high heat, add the shallots, garlic, ginger, curry powder, sugar, 4 tbsp oil and fry for 2-3 mins, stirring until caramelised. Turn down heat and add leaves from 4 thyme sprigs. Season and cook on medium heat for about 15 mins, stirring occasionally.

  4. Deglaze with wine vinegar, cook for another 5 mins, then stir in the crème fraîche and cook 2-3 mins. You should have a creamy soft mixture. Set aside to cool. The marmalade will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

  5. Lightly trim the fennel roots, then quarter and cut each bulb into 8 wedges. Slash each wedge down the centre almost to the root. Lay on a plate, drizzle with a little oil and the balsamic vinegar. Season lightly.

  6. For the asparagus, cut off woody ends on the diagonal, then split each spear down the centre almost to the tips. Drizzle with a little oil and season well.

  7. For the peppers, remove stalk, slit open, remove seeds and ribs, then open out and cut into long 2cm-thick strips.

  8. Sprinkle the bread slices with crushed salt, more thyme leaves and lightly drizzle some oil. Set all the vegetables and bread aside.

  9. Lift meat from the marinade and lightly shake to remove any excess marinade. Place on the hot griddle (take care, as the griddle will flame up) and cook 6-7 mins each side, moving to the side of the grill if they start to burn. Press meat with the back of a fork to check for doneness (see Gordon’s tips, below). I serve my lamb medium rare. Allow 2 mins extra each side for well done. Remove cooked meat and leave to rest for 10 mins.

  10. Griddle vegetables starting with the fennel, allowing 3 mins each side until chargrilled and lightly softened. Then cook asparagus for 4-5 mins turning once, the pepper strips (3-4 mins) and finally the bread until lightly toasted. Slice the meat thinly lengthways. Spread the toast with shallot marmalade, top with the lamb and serve with the vegetables alongside.

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7th Apr, 2013
This is just lovely, i wouldn't change a thing about it !
9th Sep, 2008
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