Seared Lamb Loin with Cucumbers, Yogurt, and Dukkah

Chef Ben Spangler’s special seared lamb loin recipe–a cut for a special occasion. If you like lamb rib chops, or a rack of lamb or goat, then you’ll love the loin, as it’s the same muscle, just without the bones. This means that they can be easier to cook for some people, but they’ll also cook faster as they’re not attached to any bones to insulate them as they cook.

Grass fed lamb loin with cucumbers, yogurt, and dukkah
Seared lamb loin with dukkah and chives.

Lamb loins can be simply grilled, sauteed, pan seared, or cooked any way you like, but Chef Ben Spangler has a special Middle-Eastern version with a lot of flavors to make an exciting meal. If you have a cast iron pan, this pan seared lamb loin, garnished with a simple side dish of cucumbers, asparagus, pearl onions with fresh herbs, and dukkah spice should be on your list to try.

Grass fed lamb loin
Our grass fed lamb loins are great for a special occasion.

Dukkah may sound intimidating, and it does involve a number of ingredients, but most are readily available at your local supermarket. It’s an Egyptian spice traditionally served with pita bread, or mixed into yogurt as a dip. Our recipe here is just an idea, and you could mix and match different nuts and aromatic seeds to sprinkle on your dishes as you like.

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This recipe is by chef Ben Spangler. Hailing from Minnesota, Ben draws from his Midwestern roots to create dishes that are unpretentious and delicious. Ben has competed on national television for the Food Network and appeared on local Minneapolis food networks. He is currently working on a new ice cream concept in Minneapolis.

Grass fed lamb loin with cucumbers, yogurt, and dukkah
Finished lamb loin sliced and served with dukkah and cucumber salad.

Chef Ben Spangler.

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Grass fed lamb loin with cucumbers, yogurt, and dukkah
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Cast Iron Seared Lamb Loins with Dukkah

Lightly spiced, tender lamb loins seared in a cast iron pan, served with Egyptian-style Dukkah spice.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Dukkah, Lamb loin
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 307kcal
Cost: 20


  • Cast iron skillet



  • 4           Dukkah
  • 4 oz         Pearl Onions blanched quickly in salted water
  • 4 oz          Asparagus sliced 1/2 inch
  • 4 oz         Yogurt preferably Greek, and non-sweetened
  • 1 oz          Extra virvin olive oil
  • 2 oz          Fresh Thyme
  • Grapeseed oil as needed for brushing the grill or pan


  • Slice half of the cucumbers and season with salt and sugar, put them in the fridge and let them sit sit for 15 min and then rinse in water. Peel and dice the rest of the cucumbers and reserve.
  • Season the lamb loin with salt and pepper and ready your pan, preferably cast iron. Brush the pan or grill with grapeseed oil and heat on medium high. Before you add meat add an additional 2T oil to the pan. Sear meat and allow to cook about 30 % through on one side to get a good crust.
  • If it gets too hot, either slow your heat or move your pan off of the heat for a moment. Cook the loin to medium-rare, or whatever temperature you prefer.
  • Flip the steak and repeat. We cooked our lamb loin to 120F, or a little under medium rare. Remove steak and while resting add asparagus, pearl onions, diced cucumbers to the pan sear and cook for 3-4 min, and season to taste with salt.
  • These vegetables should not nead a lot to cook. Remove from heat and toss with the yogurt and the extra virgin olive oil. Slice the lamb steak into thick pieces, then fan on the plate around the vegetables with a dusting of dukkah and chive blossoms.


This recipe will work with just about any cut of lamb around the loin. Lamb mini t-bone steaks (lamb loin chops) and lamb rib chops can be used instead of boneless lamb loin. For the best result, season the lamb ahead of time. You can put the lamb in the fridge overnight, turning once or twice to help them dry out, which will make for perfectly cooked lamb chops. Pull the lamb chops out of the fridge 20 minutes before cooking. 


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 546IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 367mg | Iron: 1651mg