Lamb Loin with Spicy Date Glaze

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min (includes cooling and resting times)
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for brushing

1 small Spanish onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder

12 pitted dates, coarsely chopped

3 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

Clover honey, as needed

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus whole leaves, for garnish

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds lamb loin


  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until lightly golden brown. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the chicken broth, 3/4 cup water, the ketchup, vinegar, ginger, cayenne, dates, cloves, cinnamon stick and honey to taste and cook until the dates are very soft and the mixture has reduced slightly.
  2. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Add the chopped cilantro and salt and pepper to taste and pulse to incorporate. Transfer to a bowl and let cool. Remove 1/4 cup for garnish.
  3. Heat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-high for direct grilling.
  4. Brush the lamb with oil on both sides and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill, brushing with the glaze and turning once or twice, until cooked to medium-rare, about 10 minutes total. Remove and let rest before slicing.
  5. Place the lamb slices on a platter, drizzle with the reserved glaze and garnish with cilantro leaves.
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