This air fryer mint lamb with toasted hazelnuts and peas is a quick and hearty midweek meal, featuring just 7 simple ingredients.


On the table in just about 40 minutes, this air fryer mint lamb makes a wonderful option for a quick meal. Serve it with steamed rice or roasted potatoes for a hearty meal the whole family will love.

**This post is sponsored by Tefal. All opinions are my own**

This restaurant-worthy recipe is super comforting, but not too heavy, with a refreshing note and added crunch, to satisfy the most demanding palates.

Air Fryer Mint Lamb with Toasted Hazelnut and Peas on a white serving dish, salt and pepper mills in the background together with a glass of water and extra mint leaves.

It’s easy and quick enough to whip up for midweek meal, but also sophisticated enough to impress your guests at your next dinner party. A win-win if you ask me! 

How To Make Mint Lamb In the Air Fryer

Lamb and mint is a flavour match made in heaven. Add in some toasted hazelnut for a nutty flavour and peas for a sweet note, and you’ve got a successful meal that truly has it all.

This dish is also naturally dairy-free and gluten-free, which is always an added bonus. It’s incredibly easy to make and requires just 7 ingredients:

  • shoulder of lamb
  • frozen peas
  • hazelnuts
  • hazelnut oil
  • white wine ( The abuse of alcohol is bad for your health. Please consume responsibly)
  • mint leaves
  • water

woodboard with fresh mint leaves, hazelnut oil in a small pot, frozen peas in a small pot, strips of lamb meat, hazelnuts in a small pot, white wine in a small pot, and water in a small jug

The recipe itself couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is toast the hazelnuts in the ActiFry for 10 minutes.

Then add seasoned lamb, frozen peas, mint leaves, white wine and water, and allow all the ingredients to cook for 25 minutes.

In the meantime, you can get ready your favourite side dishes: pan-roasted potatoes, steamed rice, extra veggies or a colourful salad, they will all go well with it. 

Lamb Cooking Tips

The key to soft tender lamb is to use the right cut.

Overly lean lamb just tastes tough and unpleasant. Using meat with some extra marbling makes a whole difference in terms of tenderness and flavour. I used the shoulder of lamb, and I can’t recommend you enough to do the same.

Most recipes call for leg of lamb or lamb fillet, which are both very lean and may result in tougher meat, so avoid using those cuts for this recipe.

Air Fryer Mint Lamb with Toasted Hazelnut and Peas on a serving dish, next to a orange napkin, and fresh mint leaves

Also, I love the crunchy addition of hazelnuts, but if you’re not a fan, try substituting with pecan nuts or walnuts, it will taste just as amazing!

Why I Love The Tefal ActiFry Genius XL

I always thought that the main purpose of an air fryer was to make crispy chips at a fraction of the oil and time. But, since owning my very own I totally changed my mindset.

This wonderful kitchen appliance is so useful and versatile, and can be used for way more than just making healthy chips. 

I’ve used my Tefal ActiFry Genius XL  for a few months now, and I had the chance to make anything from sauces and curries to crispy veggies, and tender chicken. And now, I’m obsessed with it!

It’s truly a fantastic little sous-chef in the kitchen, and has helped me prep healthier meals in a fraction of the time, and WAY fewer pans to wash.  

tefal actifry genius xl

There are lots of good reasons to fall in love with the new Tefal ActiFry genius XL:

One-Pot-Perfect – Simply add all your ingredients in at the same time, and let the ‘1-meal-in-1-go’ settings do the work for you.

9 Automatic Cooking Settings – The Actifry adjusts automatically the stirring, cooking and temperature control settings, helping you achieve perfectly even, delicious meals. From fries to stir-fries, curries and even desserts!

Healthy Cooking – Cook your favourite fried food with 99% less added fat.*

Family Friendly – A capacity of up to 1.7kg* feeds up to 8 people! No more meals for one, there’s enough for all the family!

This is my second recipe creation for Tefal using their ActiFry Genius XL.

I recently made this Air Fryer Salmon in Coconut Milk with Lentils, which has quickly become a family favourite, and I’m super excited to share this Air Fryer Mint Lamb recipe today!

ActiFry Genius Spin Class

I was challenged to take part in the ActiFry Genius spin class once more, and swap pedals for paddles to eat healthy.

To help me choose a recipe for my second challenge, I spun the ‘Gear of goodness’, to help me decide which recipe to create based on the levels of ‘wow factor’ and difficulty.

Air Fryer Mint Lamb with Toasted Hazelnut and Peas, served with roasted potatoes on the side, and spin class gear of goodness next to the dish

I landed on number 1, which is ‘healthy but hearty well-known dishes”.

I picked the recipe “browned hazelnut and mint lamb served with peas”, which you can find in the ActiFry app, available to download for smartphones.

Tefal has recently launched a new feature called ActiProgramme, which is designed to help everyone stay fit and active and eat well.

Check out the video below for more info!

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Air Fryer Mint Lamb with Toasted Hazelnuts and Peas

This air fryer mint lamb with toasted hazelnuts and peas is a quick and hearty midweek meal, featuring just 7 simple ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: dairy-free, dinner, gluten-free, lamb, mint, peas, quick
Servings: 4
Author: Andrea

Ingredients

  • 60 gr hazelnuts
  • 600 gr shoulder of lamb cut into 3 cm x 1 cm strips
  • 1 tbsp hazelnut oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves chopped
  • 220 gr frozen peas
  • 80 ml water
  • 100 ml white wine*
  • sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place the hazelnuts in the ActiFry, close the lid and cook for on manual mode at 160C for 10 minutes. Remove the hazelnuts from the ActiFry, and set them aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the lamb strips with the hazelnut oil, and season generously with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Place the mint leaves, followed by the seasoned lamb on the handle side of the ActiFry pan, and scatter the toasted hazelnuts on top.
  • Add peas on the other side of the pan, pour the wine and water over the ingredients, and close the lid.
  • Cook on mode 7- wok for 25 minutes.
  • Once ready, remove the ingredients from the pan and place on a serving dish. Sprinkle extra fresh mint leaves if you like and serve straight away with your favourite side dishes.

Video

Notes

Note: If you’re using unpeeled hazelnuts, once toasted, arrange them on a kitchen cloth and scrub them nicely for a couple of minutes. The peel will come off very easily!
* The abuse of alcohol is bad for your health. Please consume responsibly.
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