Pan-Seared Lamb Chops with Rhurbarb Agrodolce with Raisins, Parsley + Walnuts

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Author Notes: Rhubarb is a signature spring ingredient with, unfortunately, a limited reputation. Often paired with strawberries and packed into pies, rhubarb also has a sophisticated, savory side. Here the tender stalks of rhubarb are quickly sautéed in sugar and vinegar, as in Italian agrodolce dishes, as small lamb chops cook in the oven. The bright, fresh flavor of the rhubarb offers a perfect pair for the fatty, seared meat. If you are looking for a quick and elegant way to add a bit more to the plate, serve the lamb and rhubarb with a spoonful of steamed couscous.Caroline Wright

Serves: 4


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 small lamb loin chops (1 pound)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 medium shallot, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red-wine or sherry vinegar
  • 1 pound rhubarb stalks, sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnut pieces
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 475° F. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season lamb with salt and pepper. When the skillet is hot, add the lamb and brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast until the lamb reaches the desired doneness, about 5 minutes for medium-rare. Let the meat rest on a cutting board.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in another large skillet over medium. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in sugar, vinegar and rhubarb. Cook, partially covered and tossing occasionally, until rhubarb is tender and the juices in the pan are thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in raisins, walnuts and parsley. Serve lamb with rhubarb.

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2 Reviews

Sarah F. June 25, 2013
I made an adaptation of the rhubarb agrodolce using dried figs and pecans and served it with grilled pork chops. Wow, it was one of the best things I've made in a long time!
Denise W. May 14, 2013
That's not how you spell rhubarb!