Spiced Lamb Cutlets Recipe With Giant Couscous Recipe

(22 ratings)

lamb cutlets with cousouc
Preparation Time10 mins plus marinating
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories400 Kcal20%
Fat18 g26%
Saturated Fat8 g40%

Lamb cutlets are a wonderful and delicious cut of meat that are perfect for a special occasion. They take no time at all to cook and make a really special main dish. Our recipe for lamb cutlets gets its wow factor from a sweet but spicy chilli marinade which both infuses the meat with flavour and makes it really tender.

We've served out lamb cutlets recipe alongside a fresh and slightly spicy giant couscous salad with cherry tomatoes, lemon, and fresh parsley. Giant couscous, also known as Israeli couscous, has more texture than regular couscous, holds it shape well when cooked, and makes an interesting change from rice or regular couscous in summer salads.

When buying lamb, always check the packaging to make sure it is British lamb, and from a high welfare farm. Logos to look out for are the Red Tractor logo, ensuring traceable, high welfare, British meat with environmental protection, the RSPCA Assured logo, ensuring animal welfare, and the Soil Association logo, ensuring animal welfare and environmental protection.



  • 12 lamb cutlets
  • toasted sesame seeds

for the marinade

  • 3tbsp honey
  • 2tbsp soy
  • 2tsp sriracha (hot chilli sauce)
  • 1tsp rice vinegar

for the salad

  • 100g (dry weight) giant couscous
  • 10 halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 finely chopped red chilli
  • small bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 preserved lemons, flesh removed and finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3tbsp olive oil


  1. Mix the marinade ingredients, then use to coat the cutlets. Cover and leave in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  2. Cook the couscous according to package instructions, mix with all the other salad ingredients, and season.
  3. Grill on the barbecue or under the grill. Sprinkle with the seeds, then serve with the couscous salad as a side.
Jane Curran

Jane Curran is a freelance food editor, stylist, writer and consultant based in Cape Town. Former food director of TI Media & woman&home. All about food, wine (dipWSET), gardening and the Arsenal.