Pepper Crusted Loin of Alberta Lamb with a Sambucca Cream Sauce and Grilled Sweet Peppers

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Serves 6


1 kg. Boneless Alberta Lamb Loin - trimmed

3 Tbsp. black pepper corns – crushed coarsely

1 Tbsp. canola oil                                           


Sambucca Cream Sauce                 

1 Tbsp minced red onion

3 Tbsp. Sambucca liqueur (or other licorice flavoured liqueur)

¾ cup whipping cream

½ tsp. chili garlic paste (sambal olek)

Salt and white pepper to taste

Grilled Sweet Peppers

1 red pepper, cut into large wedges

1 yellow pepper, cut into large wedges

Optional: asparagus and/or fennel

Olive oil to toss

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat a frying pan with canola oil. Place seasoned lamb loin in pan, fat side down, allowing to brown for 1 -2 minutes.
  2. Flip and continue to evenly brown on all sides. Remove from pan and place in a shallow dish with crushed peppercorns. Firmly press peppercorns onto lamb loin.
  3. Put crusted loin into preheated 400°F oven, on new pan. Cook 10 – 15 minutes, until medium rare, then allow to rest.
  4. Add red onion to pan and sauté over medium heat until tender.
  5. Deglaze pan with sambucca (flame), then add cream and chili paste. Allow to reduce and thicken slightly.
  6. Adjust seasoning with salt and white pepper.
  7. Carve loin and serve over steamed rice with sauce and grilled vegetables.

Recipe courtesy of Chef Darren Nixon

Loin Oven/Slow-Cooker Stove Top

Alberta Lamb
Agriculture Centre
97 East Lake Ramp NE
Airdrie, AB, T4A 0C3

(403) 948-1522