• Lamb cutlets with Asian salsa verde (Luke Nguyen's Food Trail)Source: Luke Nguyen's Food Trail

Lamb cutlets with a salsa verde get a Vietnamese twist from Luke Nguyen and if you're looking for a sensational Sunday barbecue idea then let these cutlets be it.






Skill level

Average: 1.8 (225 votes)


  • 6 lamb cutlets
  • Olive oil, for pan-frying
  • Baby shiso, for garnish



  • 4 tbsp Vietnamese miso (also known as preserved bean curd)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp honey 


Asian salsa verde

  • 1 cm piece ginger, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • small handful coriander, chopped
  • small handful Vietnamese mint, chopped
  • small handful mint, chopped 
  • 1 birds eye chilli
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) soy sauce 
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Pea and Vietnamese mint puree

  • 300 g shelled fresh green peas 
  • 5 Vietnamese mint leaves 
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red Asian shallot, sliced 
  • 20 g butter 

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


For the marinade, place the miso and fish sauce in a large bowl and use a fork to combine well. Stir in the honey. Add the lamb cutlets, toss to coat well, then cover and stand for 30 minutes. 

Meanwhile, for the salsa verde, in a mortar and pestle, pound together the ginger, garlic, herbs and chilli until a paste forms. Stir in the remaining ingredients and set aside. 

For the pea and mint puree, place the peas, mint, garlic and shallot in a saucepan of boiling salted water. Reduce
the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Drain, reserving the liquid. Using a stick blender, purée the mixture with the butter and a dash of the reserved liquid to create a smooth paste. If you don’t have a stick blender use a food processor, or simply mash with a fork. If you want a very fine purée, push the mixture through a fine sieve before serving. Set aside.

Season the lamb cutlets on both sides. Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Add a drizzle of oil, then cook the lamb cutlets for 1 minute on each side or until cooked to your liking. Remove from the pan and set aside to rest for a few minutes. 

Spoon the warm pea puree onto each plate, then top with the lamb and spoon over the salsa verde.  Garnish with baby shiso and serve.


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