Rack of Lamb with Pomegranate-Coffee Sauce

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Rack of lamb on a Monday feels kind of decadent. But it’s December. A month pretty much dedicated to decadence. And since there is no turning back now, I figure I’m just going to ride this decadence train all the way to the end of the 2014. Are you onboard with that? Good. This is why we are friends.

And since we need to eat something decadent for our Christmas dinner, I made us Rack of Lamb with Pomegranate-Coffee Sauce. Trust me. You’re definitely going to want to serve this as part of your Holiday meal.

So this lamb. Decadent? Totally. But difficult? No way. Because I made this rack of lamb in my SousVide Supreme and it was a breeze! I dedicated a whopping 5 minutes to prep time on Day 1 to whisking up a few ingredients for the marinade and adding that marinade to the lamb. I spent another grueling 5 minutes on Day 2, seasoning and vacuum sealing the lamb. Then I let my SousVide Supreme do ALL the work while I had a cocktail (err…two cocktails) and a cookie (err…five cookies). Once my lamb was perfectly cooked and oh so succulent, I quickly created a sauce from the reserved marinade while I browned up the lamb in the broiler. By the time I served this to my guests, I was feeling like a total super hero. Winning at life.

If you don’t have a SousVide Supreme, you can certainly roast the marinated rack of lamb in the oven to your desired doneness (130-140 degrees Fahrenheit is medium-rare). But I can’t stress enough how much I L-O-V-E my water oven. It has been more versatile than I ever could have imagined. It makes my life easy. And it makes some mighty tasty foods! I would definitely consider asking Santa for one of these babies for Christmas!



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Rack of Lamb with Pomegranate-Coffee Sauce

Serves 4-6

Rack of Lamb with Pomegranate-Coffee Sauce


  • For the Lamb
  • 1 cup warm coffee
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 racks of lamb (about 2 lbs total), frenched
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • Special Equipment
  • SousVide Supreme
  • SousVide Vacuum Sealer and cooking pouches


  1. Marinate the lamb. In a medium bowl, combine the warm coffee and the brown sugar, stirring until the brown sugar is dissolved. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and the pomegranate juice. Remove 1 cup of the marinade and reserve it for later (cover and store it in your refrigerator). Add the two racks of lamb to a large zip-closure bag and pour the remaining marinade over the lamb. Seal the bag and refrigerate the lamb with the marinade for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
  2. When you are ready to cook the lamb, fill your SousVide Supreme with water and pre-heat it to 132 degrees Fahrenheit (55.5 degrees Celsius). Remove the racks of lamb from the marinade and pat them dry with a few paper towels. Season well with salt and pepper on all sides. Discard the marinade.
  3. Place the racks of lamb in the large cooking pouches, using a separate cooking pouch for each rack. Add a sprig of fresh rosemary to each pouch. Vacuum seal the pouches. Alternatively, you can use a zip-closure bag and use the displacement method to remove as much air from the bags as possible before sealing it closed. Submerge the cooking pouches in your pre-heated SousVide Supreme. Cover and cook for 2 hours.
  4. When the lamb is almost finished cooking, pre-heat your broiler and make the sauce. For the sauce, add the reserved 1 cup of marinade to a skillet over medium heat. Bring the marinade to a low boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until it’s reduced to about 1/3 of a cup. Don’t reduce it much further than that or it will become too sticky. Remove the skillet from the heat and whisk in the butter and 1/8 tsp. salt. Set aside.
  5. Carefully remove the cooking pouches from the SousVide Supreme and remove the racks of lamb. Place the lamb on a broiler-safe pan and place under your pre-heated broiler for 1-2 minutes per side, or until the lamb is nicely browned. Remove the lamb from the broiler and add the racks to the sauce in the skillet, turning to coat.
  6. Slice the racks into single or double chops and serve immediately. Pass with extra sauce.

39 comments on “Rack of Lamb with Pomegranate-Coffee Sauce”

  1. I agree, this lamb definitely looks decadent! I’ve never cooked my own lamb before, but I definitely need to start after seeing your recipe. I love the pomegranate coffee sauce, Liz! So creative! And sounds so delicious, too. Love it!

  2. That rack of lamb seriously looks so gorgeous!!! and the Pomegranate-Coffee Sauce. . .oh my gawd, must try!! love this! perfect for Christmas dinner!

  3. So. Much. Pretty. You could serve this at a five star restaurant!
    Also, is that that washed up wood that I see as your background? I’ve been trying to point it out ever since your IG of finding it!

    • Wow! Thanks, Sarah! This board isn’t the one I hauled from the beach. This is the one I hauled from the dumpster. Classy, right? I figure I’m saving the environment doing all this trash pick-up! I’ll tag you in a photo of the other board on IG so you can spot it!

  4. Oh my gosh, it has coffee and fruit….I can eat this for breakfast right?

  5. I so love this glaze, not just for this awesome rack of lamb, I’m thinking for all kinds of rich meats! Lovely!

  6. Coffee + Pomegranate!? What a great idea! You are brilliant, my friend! 🙂

  7. Yum! Look at that sauce on the lamb! This is totally finger-lickin’ good!

  8. I have not made rack of lamb in way too long!! I loooove lamb so much. Pinned!

  9. Now this is living! Rack of lamb is so special, and this sauce — the flavors sound amazing! The meat looks so tender and juicy, too. Pinned! 🙂

  10. Coffee + pomegranate is genius! Lovely sophisticated meal 🙂

  11. How would I cook this without a sous vide? It sounds so so good but my kitchen doesn’t have any room for more stuff!

    • Hi Amy! You can certainly roast the marinated rack of lamb in a hot oven until it’s medium-rare (about 130-140 degrees). Another option is to try and create a makeshift water oven with a big pot of water and a thermometer to monitor the temperature, and use a zip-lock bag to seal the rack of lamb. But I have never tried this myself and I it can be difficult to maintain a consistent temperature that way.

  12. Wow, this looks amazing! And so perfect for a holiday celebration. Love the seasonal pomegranate glaze!

  13. WOW. When I first read the title, I thought this was something straight out of Food Network’s Chopped. It is so unique, and it sounds/looks incredible. Your pictures are so tempting. Must get my hands on this rack of lamb (and a SousVide) pronto!

    • Wow – thanks for the awesome compliment, Connie! Although I could never survive on one of those shows…I would be WAY to stressed out to make anything edible! 🙂

  14. Oh my! I could inhale this. Love the flavours here.

  15. I have serious drool coming out of the side of my mouth – this looks so amazing! I’m in love with all things lamb, and the pomegranate-coffee sauce sounds like the perfect accompaniment. I need all the SousVides to make my meats happen in the easiest and most delicious ways! 😀

  16. Such a gorgeous picture!! Lovely and delicious looking recipe!

  17. Tthis looks and sounds SO GOOD!!! It’s been ages since I’ve had rack of lamb but with this combination of pomegranates and coffee sauce, I need to find me a good place to get some lamb asap. You have me so hungry right now and I just ate breakfast!

  18. This is totally a Christmas dinner idea for me, it looks so elegant and the flavors you’ve combined are so creative!

  19. excellent recipe! We loved it! The sous vide a miracle machine.

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