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This One-Pan Lamb Meatballs and Saffron Rice with Herby-Yogurt Sauce is a definite show stopper when it comes to spring entertaining. 

One-Pan Lamb Meatballs and Saffron Rice with Herby-Yogurt Sauce

Super flavorful meatballs are browned in a skillet and set aside. Next, you’ll start to make a bright saffron-infused rice, nestle the meatballs back into the skillet (with the rice) and let it all finish cooking in the same pan. While that’s cooking away, you can quickly whip up a delightful herby-yogurt sauce to serve with the meatballs. Layer it all up on a big family-style platter and topped with a pop of pomegranate seeds, all of your guests will devour!!

One-Pan Lamb Meatballs and Saffron Rice with Herby-Yogurt Sauce

One-Pan Lamb Meatballs and Saffron Rice with Herby-Yogurt Sauce

Whether you are celebrating Easter or just hosting a dinner party, this One-Pan Lamb Meatballs and Saffron Rice with Herby-Yogurt Sauce has that WOW factor with every bite. Try serving this up with a big side salad or roasted veggies for a complete meal! 

Looking for more Lamb Recipes, here are some other great ones to try:

Easy Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb

Pan-Seared Lamb Chops with Mint Chimichurri 

Lamb Ragu with Rigatoni

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One-Pan Lamb Meatballs and Saffron Rice with Herby-Yogurt Sauce
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One-Pan Lamb Meatballs and Saffron Rice with Herby-Yogurt Sauce

Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 people


For the Lamb Meatballs:

  • 1.5 pounds ground lamb
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

For the Rice:

  • ½ cup diced white onion
  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • Pinch of saffron threads crumbled
  • Zest of 1 small lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth

For the Herby-Yogurt:

  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice or ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped dill
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro leaves

To serve:

  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • Fresh dill fronds for garnish


Make the Meatballs:

  • In a large bowl, combine the lamb, garlic, salt, pepper, allspice, turmeric, paprika, cumin, and egg. Using your hands, mix until the meat becomes almost a paste-like consistency. Add the tapioca and again, using your hands, continue to mix until well combined. The meat should still have a bit of a paste-like consistency, but should also hold it’s shape when forming into meatballs.
  • Using damp hands, roll the into 1-inch meatballs (the damp hands help since the meat mixture is a little sticky).
  • Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the meatballs to the skillet and brown on both sides, 2-3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate and set aside. When all of the meatballs are browned and set aside, discard the excess fat from the skillet but reserving at least 2 tablespoons to cook the rice.

Make the Rice:

  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions to the skillet and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and the salt and cook, stirring, toasting the rice in the skillet until fragrant, about 4 minutes. Add the turmeric, Saffron threads, and lemon zest and continue to cook, toasting the spices, about 2 more minutes.
  • Pour in the broth and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, nestle the meatballs into the skillet and reduce heat to a light simmer (medium-low heat). Cover and cook until the rice is tender and the meatballs are cooked through, 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, dill, mint and cilantro and stir until well combined. Set aside.
  • When the meatballs and rice are ready to serve, Plate the rice and meatballs on a large platter. Sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds and garnish with the dill fronds and mint leaves. Serve with the herby-yogurt sauce and enjoy!!

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 6 people

Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made this dish several times now and it gets better each time. The flavors are incredible (especially with the pomegranate seeds). Excellent recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    My husband made this for my birthday dinner last night!! We made it with spaghetti squash (with added spices). SOOOOOOO flavorful. The best lamb / meatball(!!) recipe I’ve ever had, & the sauce added such a fresh burst of (complimentary!!) flavor. We’ll make it with the saffron rice in the future! We were coming off of a 10 day detox program, so we are easing back into meat & grains! So we put the meatballs into the oven (375°) to finish cooking. Per your suggestion, we split the meat mixture in half, and froze one half. Our future selves are going to be SO thankful. I can’t wait :)))))).

  3. Hi Alex! This looks festive and delicious! I’m planning on cooking this for Christmas. How many meatballs does this recipe make?