Garlic Brown Sugar Lamb Ribs [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Garlic Brown Sugar Lamb Ribs are perfectly tender, flavorful and ready in less than 30 minutes. It is a simple and delicious weekend dinner for the whole family to enjoy.

We love to make lamb recipes, especially during the Easter holidays. You can pair the ribs with scalloped potatoes, corn casserole, or roasted asparagus.

Garlic Brown Sugar Lamb Ribs

Easy Roasted Lamb Ribs

When it comes to Easter dinner, we make sure to always have some deviled eggs and Garlic Brown Sugar Lamb Ribs on the table. These are the two main dishes that are required on our Easter table and they never disappoint. Since childhood, I remember my grandma making these ribs for this special day, and till now they are one of my favorite recipes.

If you love lamb, this meal is a must try. First, it is one of the cheapest meat parts of the lamb but is one of the most delicious. Also, it requires a few simple ingredients, and you end up with aromatic and mouth-watering ribs.

We have made this recipe over a dozen times, and we have finally adjusted it to perfection. The garlic and brown sugar mixture is what gives them that tangy and savory taste. The addition of rosemary and some herbs give them a nice finish and elegant look. Give them a try and you will be making them over and over again!

Lamb Ribs Recipe

Ingredients for Garlic Brown Sugar Lamb Ribs

Really, this is one of the easiest recipes to make. The most important thing to remember is to use the best quality meat possible.

  • 1.5-2 pounds lamb rib rack
  • Olive oil
  • Oregano
  • Butter
  • Garlic

How to make the best lamb ribs?

Once you have the ingredients ready, rub the ribs with some seasoning, rosemary and freshly chopped garlic. Then, add them to the skillet over medium-high heat and brown them on each side for a few minutes till they form a nice crust and golden brown color.

Browning them is essential, as it locks in the flavors and it gives them that crunchy and tender tasty. Once browned, we prepare the garlic brown sugar mixture and add to the ribs.

Lastly, we roast them in the oven for about 10 minutes till perfectly golden brown.

One Pan Garlic Brown Sugar Lamb Ribs

What to serve with Garlic Brown Sugar Lamb Ribs?

This meal is very versatile and can be enjoyed as is or with some side dishes. We like to pair them with:

Can you make lamb ribs in the Instant Pot?

Absolutely! Follow the same recipe steps up to the point of placing them in the oven. If you are short on time and do not wish to brown them on the skillet, then skip this step. Simply place them in the Instant Pot with the brown sugar mixture and cook under pressure for 20 minutes, followed by NPR. Broil before serving.

We also have one of the best Instant Pot pork ribs recipe, and you can check it out in this link.

Can you make lamb ribs in the slow cooker?

Yes. Place the meat in the crockpot and cover with mixture. Then, cook on LOW for about 6 hours or HIGH for about 3 HOURS. Broil before serving.

Recipe Tips and Notes:

  • For extra flavor and aroma, rub the ribs with finely chopped fresh rosemary right after applying the extra virgin olive oil.
  • Also, try to always use freshly minced garlic as the canned version will not taste as good.
  • You can cover with foil the dish while baking.
  • For a spicier kick, add some sliced jalapeno or red pepper flakes to the mixture.

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Garlic Brown Sugar Lamb Ribs
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 3 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 40 mins


  • 1  lamb rib rack  (cut into 3 or 4 servings)
  • 3 tablespoons  olive oil 
  • 6 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon  fresh rosemary  (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup  chicken broth 
  • 3 tablespoons  brown sugar 
  • 5  sprigs fresh rosemary 
  •  Salt and pepper to taste 
  •  Chopped green onions 


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Once hot, add the olive oil. Season lamb ribs with salt and pepper on both sides. Add them to the pan. Sear on both sides until golden-brown and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and add minced garlic and sauté it just until fragrant, for about 30 seconds.
  5. Add fresh rosemary, stir and cook for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and broth. Stir until the sugar has completely melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Increase heat to medium-high, stir and cook the sauce until it reduces and thickens slightly about 5 minutes.
  7. Add lamb ribs back to the pan, baste with the sauce, add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and transfer to the oven for about 7-10 minutes. Broil for 1-2 minutes before serving.
  8. Garnish with chopped green onions before serving.
Calories: 253 Carbohydrates: 12 Protein: 7 Fat: 19 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 24 Sodium: 126 Potassium: 136 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 11 Vitamin A: 20 Vitamin C: 1.8 Calcium: 15 Iron: 0.8
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This looks like such a flavorful meal! Perfect for a busy weeknight.


Melanie Bauer

Looks like a fabulous weeknight dinner! Need to put this on our menu, so tasty and flavorful!


Chrissie Baker

This recipe is a keeper. The flavors blend wonderfully together. Thanks for an awesome recipe.



Wow, this sweet and savory combo with lamb looks amazing!!



What a wonderful idea to make for spring and even an Easter brunch! That sauce!!


Jade Manning

Cooking this would be like dining out, but at home, delicious!



Perfect for Easter! Thanks for sharing!



We raise our own lamb and I was a bit skeptical, but I have to say that I made it last night and it was deelish! The perfect combo of garlic and honey. Thank you


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