Coke Marinated Lamb Recipe

Coke Marinated Lamb


For the lamb

  • 1 can Coke zero
  • 2 lamb cutlets
  • 3-4 garlic diced
  • dried rosemary
  • dried thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • mustard
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 an onion sliced

For the salad
  • 1 diced tomato
  • shredded lettuce (I used cos lettuce)
  • 1/2 diced avocado
  • 2 sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon crubled feta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

How to make Coke Marinated Lamb

I read somewhere that soaking your meat briefly in Coke can soften and tenderise it as the acid in the Coke breaks it down a tad. So I decided to give the lamb a bit of a soak before washing it and marinating it. So here we go.

For the salad:

  1. Wash all the vegetables except avocado's then prepare as stated in the ingredients.
  2. When you're done slicing the mushrooms, removing the skin of the avocado and dicing it and the tomatoes, shredding the lettuce, put them all into a salad bowl.
  3. Prepare a dressing of a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and olive oil and drizzle over salad.
  4. Mix thoroughly and then crumble some feta cheese over it.
This very basic salad is a good accompaniment? (is that a word?) to most meat dishes, much like mashed or roasted potatoes yum! In any case we should eat our greens!

For the lamb:

  1. Wash lamb cutlets then pat them dry with a paper towel before putting them into a shallow dish and pouring Coke on them, just enough to cover the tops of the lamb. Leave aside for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Slice a few cloves of garlic finely then chop them up finely, it doesn't have to be neat sometimes slightly bigger chunks of garlic are yummy when you bite into them.
  3. After lamb has finished marinating, wash them again and pat dry with a paper towel. Marinate for at least 2 hours before cooking, with garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
  4. Heat up a frying pan and throw in lamb. (just note that lamb should be at room temperature before throwing it into the pan, I also cooked the lamb to a medium-rare)
  5. When lamb is done to your liking, set aside to cool down a little while you fry up some onions in the remaining oil till they are lightly browned.
  6. Put the onions on a plate with the lamb resting on it, put a dollop of mustard at the side (I used wholegrain mustard) or have it with some mint sauce. YUM!
The lamb really was very tender, not fall off your fork tender but noticeable more soft and juicier than when I previously used to fry or grill lamb. Do try it and let me know how it turns out. :) It can also be used for other meats to tenderise or even as part of a marinate. :) Enjoy!

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    I wonder if using regular coke as opposed to coke zero will make a difference? I have no idea about the chemistry but it seems like the sugars present in regular coke will also help with the breaking-down process and you might end up with even tendererer meat.

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    I didn't want sweet lamb thats all haha :P but I did read that the sugar will break it down even more and it will be tenderer..

  • JaiLovesCake
    JaiLovesCake says

    tellie you're fabulous. i

  • DivaChef
    DivaChef says

    What a great idea! Looks delicious!

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    jai : aww! come over and I shall cook for you! diva: thank you! :D

  • JaiLovesCake
    JaiLovesCake says

    dont tempt me ! by the way i saw your coment on the guava paste thing , it IS delicious a little bit overly sweet tho (not that i have a problem with that). It's fairly easy to find here , i wonder they let me ship out snacks overseas LOL.

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    i'm still looking for it here! apparently there is a place that sells it but it's kind of far away from my place, no matter! where there is yummy food my wallet shall follow! I hope I don't get lost lol.. my friend's mom sneaked her some home made green curry paste in the mail.. I wonder how it got past customs..

  • Jaylene
    Jaylene says

    you can usually mail snacks if you already package it and list it as a "gift" hahah.. Lamb looks scrumptious. I should try one day. :D.

  • iconsam
    iconsam says

    I actually use Coke sometimes when I make bulgogi. This looks awesome. I love the addition of the mustard.

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    ooo you can use coke to make bulgogi?? sounds yum! I love bulgogi! I like the appearance of whole grain mustard :P but the taste of already smushed up mustard lol

  • iconsam
    iconsam says

    I feel the same way. Whole grain mustard always looks better than it tastes.

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    pretty pretty whole grain mustard yum yum.. like whole grain bread... always beaten by good fluffy crusty white bread rolls.. mmm breadddd

  • PeytonO
    PeytonO says

    It looks delicious! We know that drinking coke is bad for us, but marinating it with lamb, well it sounds great. Conversely, brand names are always a dominant force in consumer goods, and some wonder what the world's most popular brand is – the answer, believe it or not, is Coke. Coke won the Pepsi challenge, or rather – Pepsi has dismally failed the Coke challenge - miserably. It seems Coke won't need short term loans anytime soon.

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