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Featured Recipe: Spiced Lamb Steak with Florentine Rice

Copyright Linda Gassenheimer

A steak cut from the leg of lamb is tender and juicy and cooks in minutes. The spiced coating makes this dish special with little effort. It’s great for a week-night dinner or exciting enough for Easter weekend.  If the lamb steak is not in the meat case, ask for 2 steaks about 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick cut from the leg.  It is cut right through the leg making a round steak with a small bone in the center.


Spiced Lamb Steak

Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

2 6-ounce lamb steaks center cut from leg, fat removed

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Olive oil spray

Remove fat from lamb.  Mix allspice, cinnamon and cayenne pepper together.  Spread mixture on both sides of lamb.  Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and spray with olive oil spray.  Add the lamb and brown 2 minutes, turn lamb over and brown 2 minutes.  Lower heat to medium, cover with a lid, and cook 5 minutes.  A meat thermometer should read 125 degrees for rare, 145 degrees for medium.

Yield 2 servings.

Florentine Rice

Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

5 cups washed, ready-to-eat spinach

1 package microwaveable brown rice to make 1 1/2-cups cooked rice

2 teaspoons olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place spinach in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high 1 minute.  Remove and cook rice in the microwave according to package instructions.  Measure 1 1/2-cups and set aside the remaining rice for another dinner. Add rice to the spinach and toss with olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

Yield 2 servings

Nutrition Information

Spiced Lamb Steak: Per serving: Per serving: 255 calories (40 percent from fat), 11.3 g fat (3.4 g saturated, 5.0 g monounsaturated), 108 mg cholesterol, 34.5 g protein, 2.4 g carbohydrates, 1.0 g fiber, 112 mg sodium. Florentine Rice: Per serving: Per serving: 220 calories (25 percent from fat), 6.1 g fat (0.9 g saturated, 3.8 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 5.9 g protein, 36.3 g carbohydrates, 4.4 g fiber, 68 mg sodium.

Shopping List

To buy: 2, 6-ounce lamb steaks, center cut from leg, 1 bottle ground allspice, 1 bottle ground cinnamon, 1 bottle cayenne pepper, 1 bag washed, ready-to-eat spinach and 1 package microwaveable brown rice.

Staples: Olive oil spray, olive oil, salt and black peppercorns


Helpful Hints

  • Rib or loin chops can also be used instead of lamb steak.
  • Spices keep for about six months. Buy new ones if yours are older.


  • Make lamb.
  • While lamb cooks, make rice.