Marion Grasby’s lamb recipe inspiration for BBQ season

It’s a perfect storm for lamb lovers: red meat prices have come down, barbecue weather is here and there’s some seriously good recipe inspiration from a new campaign.

MasterChef alumni and founder of Marion’s Kitchen, Marion Grasby has teamed up with Meat & Livestock Australia to “Say More With Lamb” this spring.

The partnership serves up easy-to-make and delicious Thai-inspired lamb recipes, like Panang Lamb Chops. Check out the video and recipe below.


  • 12 Australian lamb cutlets or loin chops
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for grilling
  • 400ml (14 fl oz) coconut milk
  • 1½ tbsp finely shaved palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • 2 makrut/kaffir lime leaves, destemmed
  • 190g (6.5 oz) Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tsp shrimp paste (optional)
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ small pineapple, skin and core removed, cut into small chunks
  • 1 long red chilli, finely sliced
  • 1 cup fresh Asian herbs (e.g. coriander/cilantro, spring onion/scallions, Thai basil and/or mint)


  1. To make the panang paste, use a mortar and pestle to pound the roasted peanuts until finely crushed. Then add the makrut leaves and pound again until finely crushed. Stir through the curry paste, shrimp paste (if using), plus the ground cumin and ground coriander.
  2. To marinate the lamb, place the cutlets in a large bowl. Take 1 tablespoon of the panang paste and add it to the lamb cutlets along with ½ tablespoon of fish sauce. Mix until well combined and each lamb cutlet is coated in the paste. Set aside until you’re ready to grill (a few minutes is fine or you could also marinate overnight).
  3. To make the curry sauce, heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining panang paste and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Stir through the coconut milk, the remaining fish sauce and palm sugar. Cover and reduce the heat to low. Gently simmer for 2 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to serve (gently reheat before serving).
  4. Heat a grill plate or charcoal barbecue until hot. Brush the grill plates with oil. Grill the lamb chops for 3-4 minutes each side (for medium) or until cooked to your liking (don’t forget to grill the fat cap, too). Transfer to a tray to rest.
  5. For the herb & pineapple salad, add all the ingredients to a large bowl and toss together until combined.
  6. Place the lamb chops on a serving platter, sprinkle over the herb & pineapple salad and serve with the panang sauce on the side.

For this recipe and plenty more head over to Australian Lamb.

Stacey Davidson

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