Fast Family Meals (FFM): Lamb Chops with Couscous Salad, Herb Sirracha Sauce


December has arrived and if we are to survive past the 21st, it’s going to be a long and busy month. Just looking at my schedule this morning as i came into the office, I sighed heavily, switched on my resolve and braced myself for a rollercoaster month. The holiday season is the catalyst of all of these chaotic garlands. We need to buy presents for people we are close to and others that we don’t even know that well, maxing out our credit cards in the process, we need to pick up relatives, attend family dinners, go to multiple end of the year / christmas parties, visit new restaurants, play host for the month, arrange travel plans, plan dinners and parties, and ultimately try not to start the new years 10kgs heavier than previously.

So to help alleviate the burden a little and to try to help you out a nudge, i will be posting Fast Family Meals this month (FFM for short). These are dishes that are quick, tasty and can be made in large quantities to serve your family at home, or to entertain unexpected guess (without it looking unexpected). I hope you guys enjoy these and find them as convenient as i do! Happy Holidays!

To start off, this recipe is one of my to go to dishes because it is so quick to make and can be made very different by simply varying the quantities and ingredients involved. Use the salad as the base and serve with different style of proteins to keep it more interesting.

Lamb Chops with Couscous Salad, Herb Sirracha Sauce

For 4

To start things right, just when i wanted to shoot this video, i ran out of battery on my camera! Sorry! but the recipe and pictures will do :)

- 3 small lamb chops each, or 2 medium-sized or 1 large each.
Take the meat and marinate it overnight with enough olive oil to rub down the whole lamb, 1 tbsp of salt, 1 tsp of pepper, 2 tsp of paprika, 4 crushed garlic cloves, fresh thyme or rosemary, 1 tsp of cumin. Rub it down.

When you finish your salad below. Flash fry the lamp (don’t put all the oil with it) at medium high heat on a skilled until nice and brown on both side and let rest 5 mins. Lamb is supposed to be pinkish inside. If your cuts are very large, then they might have to be finished in the oven. Which is why I like using small lollipop chops.



Prepare enough Couscous per person, i usually go for 1 cup of cooked couscous per person. Mixed the hot just cooked couscous (use packet instructions) with 3 tbsp of butter. Let it melt down. mix and place in the fridge until cooled.

Chop up: 500 grams cherry tomatoes, 4 large handfuls of fresh parsley, 3 cubed bell peppers (vary the color), 2 red onions, 8 sun dried tomatoes.

Mix the finely chopped vegetable with all of the couscous. Mix with the juice of 3 lemons, and 1/3cup of extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Taste it and make any seasoning adjustments.



Take 1 small tub of sour cream, mix in a handful of freshly chopped chives, 1/2 tbsp of sirracha sauce, the rind of 1 lemon, salt and pepper, 2 tsp of honey and a tsp of balsamic vinegar. Mix and place on lamb.



    1. Hanne December 3, 2012 at 7:01 am

      U really inspired me with ur blog.. Hopefully I can try this one.. Keep up the good work Erwan :)

      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

        thanks hanne

    1. bea December 3, 2012 at 8:01 am

      élicieuse!! gonna try this sometime next week after all busy stuffs is done. :D the greeny and redish color of salad really matches the season. love it. really looks and tastes great. Thanks erwan :)

      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:13 am


    1. kristine December 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

      looks delicious!!! question: where can i buy the rooster sauce? i read about it also in :) thanks!

      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:13 am


    1. jade ochoa December 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

      What is sirracha sauce? and where can i get it?

      1. Sharmaine December 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

        It is a hot sauce. From grocery stores.

    1. Mia Villanueva December 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

      this looks really good and easy! i always have lamb chops but this is a different way of doing it, but am i missing out on something? what is sirracha sauce? you didnt give the recipe :)

      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

        thanks Mia! Sirracha can be bought.

    1. Jowi December 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      will definitely DEFINITELY try this. woooohoooo! *excited* i LOVE lamb.

      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

        have you?

    1. Sharmaine December 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      I want a video because your background music is killing me! Great taste of music man!

      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

        thanks !

    1. Darlene December 4, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Hi Erwan. Do you have any veggie recipes with ground beef? I’m thinking of something to serve for dinner.
      Thanks for your time. ^_^

      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:16 am

        what do you mean? like all mixed like a stir fry?

    1. Becca December 5, 2012 at 4:25 am

      So I made this tonight, but with pork chops instead of lamb, and it was so delicious. The cous cous salad was ridiculous, and that srirarcha sauce was perfect.

      Good recommendation, Erwan.

      1. Erwan December 17, 2012 at 9:16 am

        thanks Becca

    1. mary jane jaramillo December 6, 2012 at 3:49 am

      is it ok to use dried thyme or rosemary?and how many tsp. i will use? Thanks and in the salad is it ok to use celery instead of parsley.?

    1. Joey January 17, 2013 at 10:48 am


    1. Lye Kandola February 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Erwan, I’m from the UK thanks for your lovely and healthy recipes! Just wondering if there’s any substitute for sriracha sauce as I couldn’t seem to find one from the shop. I’m making this tomorrow. Thanks! ;)

    1. kay February 3, 2013 at 5:23 am

      where did you buy the couscous..looked around in groceries but found none.

    1. Kathleen February 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

      I love lambchops, surely gna try this.. I love your blogs. My sister already tried the nutella cookies, it was really good!!




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