Lamb Cutlets with Quinoa Crust

Lamb Cutlets with Quinoa Crust

This is a slightly different way to use this ancient grain that is quinoa. You can use this recipe with a variety of different lamb cuts and it will always taste great. Enjoy this beautiful melody of New Zealand lamb cutlets with a quinoa crust.

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 5 mins Serves: 4


  • 12 Quality Mark lamb cutlets, well trimmed
Quinoa Crust
  • ¾ cup cooked white quinoa
  • ¾ cup fresh white breadcrumbs
  • ½ tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder or lemon seasoning, optional
  • Milk, to moisten
Basil Pesto
  • 1 cup well-packed basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the grill until hot.
  2. Basil Pesto: Place basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts and oil in a small food processor and process to a rough paste. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and then stir through the Parmesan cheese. Place in a small bowl, cover well and refrigerate.
  3. Quinoa Crust: Place all ingredients except milk in a bowl and mix. Pour in enough milk to just moisten. Press crust on to one side of each lamb cutlet, place on an oiled grilling tray, crust side down. Place under hot grill for 2 minutes. Remove from grill, turn cutlets over, drizzle with a dash of oil and return to the grill for a further 3-4 minutes.
  4. To serve: Serve lamb cutlets with basil pesto and a fresh spring salad or barbecued vegetables.


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